Author: YycHPH_omac
Zarda is a Desi sweet rice dish which is quick and easy to make. It’s also quite filling, especially after a bowlful of curry!
  • 150 g (5 oz/1 cup) basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp raisins or sultanas
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds or pistachios
  • 4-12 tbsp of sugar, according to taste
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Big pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  1. Soak the rice in cold water for 5 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the rice in a pan of water and add 2 of the cardamoms and the pinch of saffron. Bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer the rice until just cooked (5-7 minutes) then drain.
  4. Heat the ghee in a pan and gently fry the remaining 2 cardamoms for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in the rice and sugar, cover and cook on a very low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Add in the cream, orange zest, nuts and dried fruit. Mix well and serve.
Calories: 304 Fat: 5.4 Sugar: 25.1 Fiber: 1.9 Protein: 3.6 Cholesterol: 10.1
Titli's Tips
Zarda is best served warm. Adjust the amount of sugar depending on how sweet you like your desserts.

In place of the saffron you can also use a few drops of yellow or orange food colouring.
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