How to make Zarda Recipe - Saffron flavoured sweet rice generously garnished with almonds and cashewnuts.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Basmati rice ( बासमती चावल ) , Sugar ( चीनी )

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Desserts


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

For more recipes related to Zarda checkout Zafrani Pulao , Meethe Chawal , Fruit Kheer With Custard , Zafrani Meetha Chawal . You can also find more Desserts recipes like Nariyal Ka Halwa, Coconut Laddoo Lollypops, Rosemary Ice Cream, Spiced Flapjacks. Or try out these recipes from Hyderabadi Cuisine like Chicken Kasoori Methi, Anjeer Ka Meetha, Dum Murgh, Pistewala Mirchi Ka Salan.

Zarda Recipe Card


Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : High

Ingredients for Zarda

  • Basmati rice soaked 2 cups

  • Sugar 1/2 cup

  • Saffron (kesar) a pinch

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Ghee 1/4 cup

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Green cardamoms 3

  • Raisins 1 tablespoon

  • Almonds chopped 5-6

  • Cashewnuts chopped 5-6


Step 1

Soak rice in four cups of water for one hour. Drain.

Step 2

Heat two and a half cups of water in a deep pan. Add saffron and bring it to a boil. Add rice and let it come to a boil again.

Step 3

Reduce heat and let the rice cook till it is three fourths done. Divide it into three portions. Heat two tablespoons ghee in a pan and sauté cashewnuts and raisins till golden. Set aside.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 175°C. Take a glass bowl. Spread a portion of rice. Sprinkle one-third of the sugar, one tablespoon ghee, one-third the grated mawa, one-third the fried nuts and a few drops of rose water.

Step 5

Repeat the layers twice. Mix a few drops of rose water in one-fourth cup of milk and sprinkle on the top. Cover the bowl with double layers of aluminium foil.

Step 6

Place the bowl in the preheated oven and cook for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Step 7

Take it out of the oven and let it stand for some time before removing the foil and serving.

Liked this recipes, Rate us :