Zarda Recipe (Sweet Rice)

A very simple and quick Zarda recipe. All tried and tested. So Enjoy and #HappyCookingToYou

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  • Water 8-10 cups
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Water ¼ cup
  • Zarda food color 2tsp
  • -Rice (sella) 1 & ½ cup (soaked for 4 hours)
  • Ghee ½ cup (Preferably desi ghee)
  • Green cardamom 3-4
  • Cloves 3-4
  • Sugar ¾ cup or to taste
  • Kewra essence 1tsp

For decoration:

  • Ashrafiyan
  • Dry fruits/nuts
  • Pheeka khoya


In a pot,add water, bring it to boil.

Add salt. Dissolve zarda food color in water ,add it to pot and mix well.

Add rice and bring it to boil,cook until rice are done.

Strain rice and set aside.

In a separate pot,add ghee,green cardamom and cloves,saute for a minute.

Add boil rice, sugar.Cover and cook until sugar completely dissolves (approx.10-15 minutes) on medium low flame.

Place griddle on stove and put back pot over griddle.

Put it on simmer for 10 minutes.

Add kewra essence,ashrafiyan,pheeka khoya,dry fruits/nuts.

Cover and steam cook for 10 minutes.

Zarda is ready, add gulab jamun and chum chum for garnishing.

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