Sanjeev Kapoor

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Zarda  Recipe

Saffron flavoured sweet rice generously garnished with almonds and cashewnuts.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Preparation Time : 16-20 minutes

Cooking time : 41-50 minutes

Servings : 4


Main Ingredients

Basmati rice, Sugar





Level Of Cooking



  • Basmati rice soaked
    2 cups
  • Sugar
    1/2 cup
  • Saffron (kesar)
    a pinch
  • Lemon juice
    1 tablespoon
  • Ghee
    1/4 cup
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
    1 inch stick
  • Green cardamoms
  • Raisins
    1 tablespoon
  • Almonds chopped
  • Cashewnuts chopped


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.

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