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zarda pulao recipe
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Meethe Chawal , Zarda Pulao, Kesar Bhaat

Zarda Pulao- A sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits,sugar and ghee
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Desserts/Sweets/Mithai
Cuisine: Mughlai Cuisine, Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: kesar bhaat, meethe chawal, zarda pulao
Servings: 5 people
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 1 cup Rice/chawal
  • 1 cup Sugar / Chini
  • 3 tbsp Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee *
  • 4 Cloves / Lavang
  • 6 Green Cardamom / Hari Elaichi
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon /daalchini
  • 1/2 cup Dry fruits/mewa
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron / Kesar
  • pinch of Saffron food colour
  • 2 Silvar leaf /varak
  • 1.5 tbsp Rose Water / Gulab Jal Optional
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk / Doodh
  • 1.5 cup Water / Paani


  • Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes in enough water.
  • Soak saffron in luke warm milk and keep aside
  • After 20 minutes drain the water from the soaked rice.
  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker.
  • Add cloves,cardamom,cinnamon and the chopped dry fruits and stir for few seconds or till cloves start to crackle.
  • Now add rice and stir fry for a minute.
  • Now add water,sugar and milk in the cooker and mix well
  • When the mixture start boiling add thee rose water and close the cooker lid.
  • Pressure cook on medium heat for 1 whistle
  • let it cool down completely for 10 minutes
  • Now open the cooker and gently mix and fluff with a fork.
  • Drizzle a spoon of ghee on it (optional)
  • Garnish with silver leaf and few chopped pistachio and serve hot


  1. You can add a mix of dry fruit of your choice,I have used cashew, almonds, raisins,pistachio and chiroli,can adjust the quantity as per your preference.
  2. you can add 3/4 cup sugar if you prefer mild sweetness.
  3. Always use good quality rice to make zarda pulao