How to Cook Zarda Pulao

Posted on May 24 2019 - 12:06pm by kumar
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 35
Serves: 6 People

Ingredients for Zarda Pulao :

  • 1 1/2 cup soaked basmati rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch soaked saffron
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coconut
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 3 clove
  • 2 inches cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoon ghee
  • 100 gm grated khoya
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon edible food color
  • 3 cup water

How to Cook Zarda Pulao :

  1. In a heavy-bottomed pan, bring enough water to boil. Add soaked rice, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Cook until rice is just 80% done. Do not cook it beyond 80%. Strain the boiled rice, spread it on the plate and keep it aside for few minutes. Do not discard whole spices.
  2. In another heavy-bottomed pan, heat ghee or butter. Add coconut, cashews and raisins, fry until they are light golden brown. Keep the flame low and do not burn them. Add sugar and saffron water. Cook until sugar melts well. Add yellow edible food colour and lemon juice. Mix and allow it to boil for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Now add rice and gently mix and make sure that all the rice coats well with sugar-saffron mixture. Cook for a minute on moderate flame. Sprinkle khoya all over the rice, cover the pan with tight lid and simmer on very low flame for 15 minutes.
  4. Once done, gently fluff up the rice with fork. If you’re bored of those regular savoury pulaos and want to try something new, then this is your go-to recipe as it is sweet in taste. Transfer the pulao in a serving bowl and enjoy!
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