One Pot Zarda – Indian Sweet Rice

  • Prep Time
    10 Mins
  • Cook Time
    20 Mins
  • Serving
  • Ready In
    30 Mins

Discover the vibrant allure of Zarda, a traditional Indian sweet rice dish that’s both visually stunning and deliciously aromatic. This classic dessert features basmati rice infused with fragrant spices and saffron, sweetened to perfection, and adorned with a colourful array of nuts and dried fruits. Often served during festivals and special occasions, Zarda brings a touch of celebration to any meal. Indulge in this exquisite dish and experience the rich, festive flavours of Indian cuisine.



Zarda - Indian Sweet Rice



    Begin by washing and then par boiling 3 cups of rice with some orange food colour till al-dente (with a little bite left to it). Drain once done.


    Heat 1 cup ghee in a pot. Fry 1/2 cup of mixed nuts and raisins for 2 minutes. Remove from ghee and set aside.


    In the same ghee, fry 1/4 cup of coconut for 2 minutes - then set aside.


    Now add the spices (cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom) to the ghee. Stir for 30 seconds-1 minute.


    Add cups of sugar and 1 cup of double cream. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.


    Add the boiled rice to the pot. Mix everything together.


    Add half of the nuts, dried fruits and pineapple. Leave the rest for garnishing at the end (optional). Cover the lid and cook the zarda on a low heat for 10 minutes.


    Garnish the zarda with the remaining ingredients before serving hot.

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