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Zarda Rice

  • Prep Time

    30 Minute

  • Cooking Time

    1 Hour

  • Serving


  • Vegetarian
  • South Asian
  • Desserts

Zarda (or Meethe chawal) is a traditional boiled sweet rice dish, made with sella rice and sugar, and flavoured with cardamoms, pistachios and almonds.


– Soak 2 cups of Laila Sella rice for 2 hours
– In a pan fill up water and bring to boil
– add ½ tsp orange colour and once dissolved, add soaked rice.
– cook rice until about 80% done, then drain water and keep the rice aside.
– Next, add ¾ cup of oil and let it warm up, then add crushed green cardamom and half of the sliced coconut, and crushed nuts. Cook it for 2 minutes.
– Next, add 2 cups of sugar and ¾ cup of water. Set the flame to medium to make sugar syrup. After cooking for few minutes, check the stickiness using your fingers.
– Now add rice and mix it gently. Let it cook on medium flame until the water has somewhat dried out.
– Reduce flame and sprinkle some milk to make the rice soft and ½ tsp Kewra water.
– Cook on dum for 20-25 minutes.
– Final step is to garnish with some Khoya (Mawa) and sprinkle the remaining nuts.


  • 2 cups Laila Sella rice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 4 green cardamoms (crushed)
  • ½ tsp orange colour or saffron
  • dried sliced coconut, pistachios, cashew nuts, and almonds (crushed)
  • some khoya / mawa
  • 1 tsp kewra water