Zarda -Sweet Saffron Rice - Kashmiri Special / Indian Cooking Challenge -March

For this month of Indian Cooking Challenge- ICC,Srivalli has chosen a traditional sweet rice from Kashmiri Cuisine suggested by Vaishali.
This is a flavorful sweet rice with a mild sweet with the richness of nuts and saffron.The original recipe calls for murabha or tutty fruty.As I ran out of tutty frutty,ddidn't use it but the taste and the flavor was awesome.Here goes the recipe....................
Basmathi rice2cups
Almonds/badam 8-10nos.
Pistachios 8-10nos.
Candied fruits/tutty frutty/murabhahandful
Cinnamon/pattai2 inch piece
Yellow food color2-3 drops
Saffron4-5 strands


  • Soak the basmathi rice in water for 15 minutes,dissolve the sugar in a cup of water and make a sugar syrup,fry the nuts in a tsp of ghee,keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with ghee,add the clove,cinnamon and cardamom.Once it starts smell add the drained rice and fry it for a minute,add a cup of water.Cook it in a medium flame.
  • When the water is almost dried add the milk and then food color,cook it covered.Now add the sugar syrup,saffron and half of the fried nuts,cook it till the rice gets cooked and separated.Put off the fire.
  • Remove it and garnish with the rest of the nuts and murabha/candied fruits.


  • Cook the rice in a sow to medium flame to get the rice evenly cooked.
  • The amount of sugar given is for a mild seet taste,if you want it make it more sweeter increase the quantity.


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Wow! That's a new recipe...

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Rice looks so tempting !!
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awesome clicks and loved the colour of the rice. very tempting

wow such a flavorful rice,beautiful presentation...

Prefectly cooked and super droolworthy Zarda,delicious..

I have heard abt this rice based dessert nalini.. Looks very colourful n delicious. like the font that you included in the picture.

Yum yum it looks feel like grabbing the entire bol from the screen :)

always cute presentation dear :) well made..

Yummy rice n nice color dear:)

Nice and bright rice preparation!

Tasty and delicious rice dish. Yummy looking.

very flavorful and very aromatic rice!! as usual delicious clicks!!
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