اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ
This sweet rice recipe, otherwise known as zarda rice or meethe chawal, is a traditional Pakistani dessert prepared and enjoyed during Eid. This sweet rice is also served as a dessert on auspicious occasions such as weddings. The basic ingredients are basmati rice and sugar syrup, but it is the carefully chosen assortment of spices like green cardamom pods and cinnamon that make it more flavourful and aromatic. This Pakistani dessert recipe has a sprinkle of almonds and coconuts to add some colour and even more mouth-watering.
Zarda rice isn’t actually that frequently made in our house. Not because it’s not delicious (it is very much so), but because my mum says we can’t. The vast majority of the times I have ate this sweet rice recipe has been at weddings. I don’t really like how they make it at weddings though. The rice grains always seem way too hard for my liking. So, here’s my recipe for it!
The real name for this recipe is zarda rice. Zarda simply means ‘yellow’ in Urdu. As this rice recipe is yellow, hence the name. Kind of obvious really. No one in my family calls it that. We all call it meethi chawal. Meethi meaning sweet. Chawal meaning rice. So, sweet rice. I just thought I would give you a bit of information on the language.
Back to the recipe! I know I say that A LOT. I go off on tangents too much. This sweet rice recipe is extremely easy to make. It doesn’t take long at all. If you have time to boil rice, then you have time to make this rice recipe. It is classed as a dessert, but who cares? Eat it whenever you want. I like to have mine alongside a cup of tea. Although I like to have everything with a cup of tea. My siblings think I have a tea addiction. (Not true).
This zarda rice is a sweet dish recipe that is a traditional Pakistani dessert recipe perfect for all special occasions.
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