Zarda | How to make Zarda

By Afroz Shaikh  |  11th Apr 2016  |  
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About Zarda Recipe

Zarda is a very common sweet in northern parts of India. It’s a sweet rice preparation also commonly know as meethi chawal.


Ingredients to make Zarda

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 2 small elaichi
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp orange food colour
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 4 tbsp chopped dry fruits
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1\4 tsp saffron

How to make Zarda

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 1 hour.
  2. To cook rice, heat water in a large vessel add food colour, rose water and pinch of salt. When water starts to boil add rice to cook.
  3. When rice is 85% cooked, drain the excess water and transfer rice in a big bowl, mix sugar with rice and keep it aside.
  4. In a separate wok heat ghee, add small elaichi and cloves and fry for a minute, add chopped nuts and saute for another minute then add rice and sugar mix and saute for some time.
  5. Soak saffron in 3 tbsp of warm milk and sprinkle it over the rice and mix well. Reduce the heat and cover rice with lid and put it on dum for 10-12 minutes or till the rice is completely cooked.
  6. Before serving, sprinkle more dry fruits and serve hot.

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