Zarda is a sweet dish made up of basmati rice, sugar and nuts. This is the recipe for the simplest Zarda. Otherwise In Pakistan we make many kinds of Zarda, like one recipe is only with nuts, one is with nuts and raisins, the other one is with boiled egg, chicken, nuts, raisins and rasbharis…… so you can do the variations by adding whatever you like. It is a good sweet dish and people all over Pakistan love it…….
- 1 glass basmati rice (rinsed and soaked)
- 2 glasses of water
- ¼ cup ghee
- 2 – 4 cloves
- 2 pieces of cinnamon
- 2 large cardamoms
- 1 small cardamom
- Sliced dry coconut
- ½ cup peeled almonds
- ½ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup sultana
- Sugar 6-8 tbspns
- 2 tbspns orange peel (thinly sliced)
- A pinch of yellow food colour
-Melt ghee and add cardamoms, sultanas, cloves, cinnamon, coconut, almonds and pistachios. Stir fry until the sultanas start popping up.
-Add water and sugar.
-Bring it to a boil.
-Add soaked rice, orange peel and yellow food colour. Mix well.
-Cook on high heat until the rice begins to boil in sweet water and very less water is left.
-Now cook covered on low heat until the rice is fully boiled and no water is left. (soak rice for atleast 15 minutes, otherwise you will have to add some more water)
-Zarda is ready.