Zarda (Sweet) Rice

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Serves 4
This sweet rice dish is extremely yummy...and super easy to make! 
Recipe adapted from Rania Zohaib with some alterations
1 cup
basmati rice
3/4 cup
2 tbsp.
pinch of cardamom powder
4 tbsp.
peeled and flaked almonds
1/2 tsp.
yellow food coloring

Soak the rice for about 20-25 minutes.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and add color and cardamom powder to the water. Then add the drained rice and boil on medium heat until the rice is about 90% done. Drain and set aside.

Now take a small pan and heat the margarine, add the raisins and let them swell up, then turn the heat off.

Take another pan and start layering, first put half the rice, then sprinkle half the sugar and half the almond flakes, again add the remaining rice, followed by sugar and almond flakes. Drizzle the melted margarine with the raisins on top.

Turn the heat on high and stand over the pan. The sugar will start melting right away. Using your fingers or a fork, gently toss the rice with the rest of the ingredients so that it is all well mixed together.

Cover the pan with a cloth followed by the lid and put it on very low heat for about 15 minutes so that the rice gets steamed nicely. Uncover, toss with a fork and serve warm!! :)

The sugar that melts over the rice helps make sure your rice maintains its beautiful appearance, so it won't get mashed if you are careful in making this dish.




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Hi fauzia, how much water should i put un the pan for 1 cup ruce also when do we add food colour

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It doesn't matter how much water coz after the rice is ready the water will be drained off. Just enough to make sure the rice can boil easily inside it.

can i use butter instead of margarine?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

no need of sugar for this recipe? (actually my wife is asking this question lol)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Second ingredient in the list is sugar, maybe your wife missed it. :)

oops my mistake, she asked about salt not sugar..

margarine :/ blueband margarine?? bt thts salty..

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

A little salt in sweet things make them better.

I lav zarda,sm1 gave me a totally different method,im going to try this it luks yummy.thanks

I am SO in LOVE with this website. Tried this recepie yesterday at the spur of the moment, and it was my first time making zarda. My husband LOVED it! JazakAllah!

Hi, can I use ghee instead of butter?

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Hi, yes you can.

How much would be the rice in weight in one cup.

aslm alykm faiza inshaAllah ur dng ok.shukra n for all th awesome recipes may Allah bless u n ur family.pls if u dnt mind wat does 10-12 raisins mean?shukran

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W/Salaam, raisins are dried fruit, sultanas or zabib.

Amazing sweet rice...thank you so much for the recipe...

Thank you!!! I tried making Zarda for the first time in my life using your recipe and it turned out perfect!!!!