Meethe Chawal Recipe: How To Make Zarda Pulao

Meethe Chawal is a popular North Indian sweet that is prepared for most of the festivals and special occasions. This sweet is also called zarda pulao and is prepared during Eid, whereas Jains make the meethe chawal for Paryushan.

The sweet rice has the basic ingredients of basmati rice and sugar; however, certain dry Indian spices are also added to the sweet to give it a nice aroma and flavour. The fragrant sweet zarda pulao is yellow in colour and this colour is got by adding a little food colouring.

The meethe chawal is quick and easy to make at home. This sweet is a perfect dessert to any meal and is also a simple one to make for parties and home-bound functions. So, if you would like to try this recipe at home, here is the video followed by the step-by-step procedure along with images.

MEETHE CHAWAL RECIPE VIDEO

meethe chawal recipe
Meethe Chawal Recipe | How To Make Zarda Pulao | Sweet Rice Recipe | Sweet Yellow Rice Recipe
Meethe Chawal Recipe | How To Make Zarda Pulao | Sweet Rice Recipe | Sweet Yellow Rice Recipe
Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
35 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins

Recipe By: Meena Bhandari

Recipe Type: Sweets

Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • Basmati rice - 1 cup

    Sugar - ½ a cup

    Cloves - 3-4

    Bay leaf (tej patta) - 1

    Ghee - 2 tbsp

    Saffron food colouring - ½ a tsp

    Chopped almonds - 1 tsp

    Chopped pistachios (soaked in water for 5 minutes) - 1 tsp

    Cardamom powder - 1 tsp

    Saffron strands - for garnishing

    Water - 2¾th cups + for rinsing

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How to Prepare
  • 1. Add the basmati rice in a strainer.

    2. Pour water and wash the rice thoroughly.

    3. Transfer it into a bowl.

    4. Add a cup of water, just enough to submerge the rice and soak it for 5 minutes.

    5. Meanwhile, add ghee into a heated pan.

    6. Then, add the bay leaf and cloves.

    7. Further, add the rice and 1¾th cups of water.

    8. Add the saffron food colouring and mix well.

    9. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 10 minutes on a low flame.

    10. Open the lid and add the sugar.

    11. Mix well; and when the sugar starts to melt, cover it with the lid again.

    12. Turn off the stove and allow it to cook in the heat for about 5-10 minutes.

    13. Add cardamom powder, chopped almonds and pistachios.

    14. Mix well and cover it with the lid again for a minute.

    15. Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with saffron strands.

Instructions
  • 1. The rice can be cooked in a pressure cooker as well.
  • 2. You can add any dry fruits of your preference.
Nutritional Information
  • Serving Size - 1 bowl
  • Calories - 727 cal
  • Fat - 14 g
  • Protein - 12 g
  • Carbohydrates - 141 g
  • Sugar - 57 g
  • Fibre - 4 g

STEP BY STEP - HOW TO MAKE MEETHE CHAWAL

1. Add the basmati rice in a strainer.

meethe chawal recipe

2. Pour water and wash the rice thoroughly.

meethe chawal recipe

3. Transfer it into a bowl.

meethe chawal recipe

4. Add a cup of water, just enough to submerge the rice and soak it for 5 minutes.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

5. Meanwhile, add ghee into a heated pan.

meethe chawal recipe

6. Then, add the bay leaf and cloves.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

7. Further, add the rice and 1¾th cups of water.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

8. Add the saffron food colouring and mix well.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

9. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 10 minutes on a low flame.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

10. Open the lid and add the sugar.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

11. Mix well; and when the sugar starts to melt, cover it with the lid again.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

12. Turn off the stove and allow it to cook in the heat for about 5-10 minutes.

meethe chawal recipe

13. Add cardamom powder, chopped almonds and pistachios.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

14. Mix well and cover it with the lid again for a minute.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe

15. Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with saffron strands.

meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe
meethe chawal recipe
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Story first published: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:37 [IST]
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