Meethe Chawal / Sweet Rice

Also known by the names: Zarda, Zarda Pulav.


  • 1 cup basmati rice / Long grain rice (washed well and soaked in water for 30-40 minutes)
  • 5-6 cloves (laung) (as per your taste)
  • 6-7 pinches saffron strands (kesar)
  • Water to cook rice
  • 5-6 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup sugar (as per your taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp elaichi powder (green cardamom powder) (as per your taste)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (chopped or sliced) (of your choice)


Note: First, add saffron strands to water and mix it well, then add rice and cloves to it. So that saffron flavor could be infused in water completely.
Note: While sugar is drying if you feel rice are bit hard then cover the pan with a cotton cloth and cook it for 25-30 seconds.

    1. Cook rice with enough water, saffron and cloves.
    2. Once rice is cooked, Take a big non-stick pan or kadhai.
    3. Add ghee to it and spread it evenly in pan/kadhai.
    4. Then add cooked rice, sugar, elaichi powder to it .

Note: We must add cooked rice to it before ghee heats up.
Mix everything gently .
Note: Do handle it with care as we don’t want rice to break and become too mushy.

  1. Then cook it on low flame until sugar gets completely dissolved and dries up.
  2. Keep on mixing it gently in between not continuously.
  3. Then add rest of the ingredients and mix everything well gently .

Serve it.

Khud Khao, Sabko Khilao 😀



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