Zafrani orZarda (sweet) Rice

Zarda rice is very popular in India, it is a  special dish in Mughlai cuisine. on special occasions like  EID, people make it and serve it as the main dessert. Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan ) is on Monday, so I will be making zarda rice on this occasion for my son and daughter because this is their favorite dish.


11/2cup basmati rice

1/2tbsp turmeric powder

5-6thread saffron(soak with hot milk)

5-6tbsp ghee

1/2cup sugar

1tbsp green cardamom powder

8-10 almond(thin sliced)


8-10 pistachios(sliced)

2tbsp green raisins

1tbsp Chironji

3-4tbsp dry roasted thin sliced coconut


  • First, soak rice for an hour then drain water from it.Then heat 2 1/2cupswater in a deep pan. add one tbsp turmeric powder and rice.Rice cook to be cooked only 3-4 min not full.
  • Heat1 1/2 tbsp ghee in a pan and saute all dry fruits, set aside.
  • Heat 4-5tbsp ghee in a heavy pan add cardamom powder, rice, sugar and saute it.cook 5-10 minutes, mix saffron and add half of roasted dry fruits.
  • Garnish with remaining dry fruits and roasted sliced dry coconut.
  • Serve it




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