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

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Rice (चावल), Saffron

Cuisine : Persian

Course : Desserts

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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 Brown Rice Payasam, Coconut Cream, Phirni, Zafrani Pulao . You can also find more Desserts recipes like Lemon Curd Meringue Tart, Fruit Cake, Cookie Muffin, Kanik Dinkache Ladoo.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Difficult

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Zarda Recipe

  • Rice soaked 2 cups

  • Saffron 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.