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Zarda (Meetha Chawal)

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 2-3 people

Authenticity Slice

While adding water for cooking rice, it is best to add less than the usual amount, as rice needs to be only par-cooked till that stage.

Trivia Tadka

Made of long grain Basmati rice, Zarda, with a hint of saffron and cardamom for flavour, is the ideal sweet end to a delicious Kashmiri meal. 


  • Basmati rice (250 gm)
  • Ghee (50 gm)
  • Raisins (kishmish) (2 tsp)
  • Almonds (badam), skinned and sliced (2 tsp)
  • Cloves (laung) (4)
  • Sugar (1 cup)
  • Saffron (kesar) (a pinch)
  • Keora water (exotic Indian plant also known as kevda) (1 tsp)
  • Green cardamom (elaichi) (5)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • MTR Garam Masala (1/4 tsp)


  • Soak the rice for an hour, drain and set aside.
  • Heat ghee in a heavy-bottom pan and sauté raisins and almonds in it.
  • Once the raisins are plump, strain and set aside.
  • Now add in cloves and fry for a minute.
  • Next, add soaked rice and fry for 5–10 mins. Pour 3 cups of water in the pan and allow the rice to boil.
  • Once the rice has absorbed the water and is not fully cooked, add sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Mix saffron with keora water, and grind the cardamom seeds.
  • Add, and mix them into the rice along with sautéed almonds, MTR Garam Masala and raisins.
  • Cover the pan and reduce the heat to lowest. Let the rice cook for 10 mins.
  • After 10 mins, open the lid, add milk, stir, and once again cover the pan for another 10 mins.
  • Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork or a spoon.
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds, pistachios and serve warm.

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