How to make Zarda Boondi Biryani -

Sweet biryani made with sweet boondi, basmati rice and plenty of nuts

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : saffron strands, Sweet boondi (मीठी बूंदी)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Rice

Zarda Boondi Biryani

Zarda Boondi Biryani Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Zarda Boondi Biryani Recipe

  • saffron strands 1/2 grams

  • Sweet boondi 1 cup

  • Basmati rice , cooked 3 cups

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Chironjee / charoli 2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnuts , chopped 2-3 tablespoons

  • Raisins 2 tablespoons

  • Dried coconut , sliced 1/4

  • Milk 1 1/2 cup

  • Castor sugar 1/4 cup

  • Cinnamon powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Walnuts 15-20

  • Khoya 1/2 cup

  • Fresh mint sprig 1 + to garnish

  • Lemon 1/2

  • Orange to garnish

  • Rabdi to garnish


Step 1

Heat ghee in a deep stainless steel handi, add chironji, cashewnuts, raisins and dried coconut and sauté on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add milk, boondi, castor sugar, saffron and ½ tsp cinnamon powder, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

After the mixture comes to a boil, add walnuts and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes, add ¼ cup khoya, cooked basmati rice, mint leaves and remaining khoya. Squeeze lemon juice into the handi and add remaining cinnamon powder, mix, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

Step 3

Cut orange into round slices and halve them.

Step 4

Transfer the biryani onto a serving platter, garnish with rabdi, orange slices and a mint sprig and serve.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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