The name Zarda comes from the Persian word ‘zard’ meaning ‘yellow’, hence named since the food colouring added to the rice gives it a yellow colour. Zarda is typically served after a meal. In the Indian subcontinent, zarda was and still remains a popular dessert on special occasions such as weddings.
Learn how to make Zarda Pulao / Sweet rice at home with Chef Varun on Rajshri Food.
Zarda Pulao is a delicious traditional North Indian yellow sweet rice recipe delicately flavored with saffron, dry fruits, nuts, and aromatic spices. Also known as Kesari meethe chawal in Hindi, this sweet pulao is joyously served during festivals and weddings. Here is how to make zarda pulao recipe at home. A recipe that makes your Eid special is Zarda Pulao.
Zarda Pulao or Meethe Chawal is a sweet rice preparation, deliciously infused with cardamom and saffron. A family favorite, this recipe is a great dessert and is quite easy to make as well.
The zarda rice is significantly popular dessert in Pakistan and Bangladesh also. This is extremely easy to make a dish but yes, it does require a couple of critical ingredients to make the authentic zarda recipe.
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2 Cups Basmati rice
1 bay leaf
4 nos green cardamom
6 nos cloves
2 inch cinnamon stick
5 cups water
1/2 tap food-grade yellow/ orange color
1.5 – 2 cups Sugar
A generous pinch of saffron
15 nos Cashew nuts
4 tbsp Raisins
3 tbsp Dried Coconut sliced
4 tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Methods: First, let’s heat up the water in a stockpot with Salt now let the water boil in the high flame. Next add Food grade yellow/ orange color, Rice (washed & soaked), now stir it for a few moments. Next off the flame and transfer into the strainer to strain the Rice. Now let’s make the Tempering for which add Ghee in the Pan with Cinnamon Stick, Cloves & Green Cardamom, Bay Leaf, Dried Coconut (sliced) next saute for 30 seconds till it turns to golden color. Then add Cashew Nuts & Raisins saute it again for 30 to 40 seconds. Now lower the Flame and add in Pre cooked Rice and Sugar (as shown in the Video) mix it properly together. Finally, add Safron on the top with Lemon Juice and mix it again. Next, let it cook with lid closed for 10 minutes on medium flame and your Zarda Pulao is ready to serve.
Host: Varun Inamdar
Director: Chirag Mehta
Camera: Kavaldeep Singh Jangwal, Bhushan Shivangekar, Shirin Shinde, Abhishek Deshmukh
Editor: Dinesh Shetty
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