Sweet Zarda with Orange Juice

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves:4
Rated 5 based on 100 votes
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Category: Festive Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Boil Recipe
Difficulty: Easy

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups - basmati Rice
  • 2 cups - Sugar
  • 2.5 cups - hot water
  • 1.5 cup - fresh Orange juice
  • 4 - cardamoms, whole
  • 4 - cloves, whole
  • 1 inch piece - cinnamon, halved
  • 1 tbsp - Raisins
  • 2 tbsp - blanched almonds, slivered
  • 2 tsp - pistachios, slivered
  • 1/2 tsp - Saffron strands
  • 1 tbsp - hot Milk
  • 1 - Lemon juice extracted
  • 2 tbsp - Ghee

How to Make Sweet Zarda with Orange Juice

  • Wash and soak basmati rice for 15 mins.
  • Drain rice in a colander and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in a large, heavy or non-stick pan.
  • Add the spices and allow to splutter.
  • Add rice and stir very gently for half a minute.
  • Add hot water and lemon juice.
  • Cover and cook till the rice is half cooked.
  • Add orange juice and let it cook further.
  • Each grain should be separate but not mushy.
  • Dissolve saffron in hot milk, by rubbing into it.
  • Add sugar, raisins, 3/4 almonds and saffron to the rice.
  • Cover securely and cook till rice is properly cooked.
  • Stir gently, and allow any extra moisture present to evaporate.
  • Garnish with remaining almonds, pistas and serve warm.