Zarda

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 40 minutes | Servings: 2 people

       Ingredients:

  • 1 cups Basmati Rice, soaked
  • A pinch of Saffron
  • ¼ cup Ghee
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 2 Cloves
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cashew nuts, chopped
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruits, chopped (almonds, cashew nuts, raisins)
  • ¼ cup Mawa

      Process

  • Keep a pot filled with water for boiling. Add kesar to it.
  • Using boiling method, cook the rice half done. Drain off excess water and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in another pot. Add cardamom pods and cloves to it. Saute for a minute.
  • Add in 2-3 ladles of half cooked prepared rice and mix.
  • Now add 1 ladle of sugar and spread it on top of the rice.
  • Cover this with another layer of rice. Repeat the same for the rest of the rice by making alternative layers of rice and sugar.
  • Do not mix it. Cover it a lid and cook on medium flame for 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove the lid. The sugar crystals will start to melt. Now gently give it a stir and cover again.
  • Meanwhile in a pan, add ghee and roast chopped cashew nuts, almonds and raisins. remove and keep aside.
  • Once the sugar melts completely, add in roasted nuts and mawa. Give it a stir and cook for another 5-6 minutes without covering.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot.
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