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Sweet Rice (Zarda) Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Sweet Rice (Zarda)

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"This is a traditional Pakistani sweet dish, which is must for every occasion. It is easy to make and consists of simple ingredients rather than rich and calorie rich ingredients. Try substituting ricotta for the cream and varying the dry fruit and nuts."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Place the rice in a bowl with water to cover and soak one hour.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil with food color and half the cardamom pods. Stir in the rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, 20 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet over low heat, cook remaining cardamom pods in oil 2 minutes. Stir in cooked, drained rice, and sugar. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream, raisins, walnuts, almonds and orange zest. Serve warm.
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Jul 23, 2006

This turned out well, but it originally calls for WAY too much sugar. I only put 3 cups instead of 4, and it was still a bit too sweet. Everyone ate it and said they enjoyed it, but there was a discussion about the sweetness and the amount of sugar called for. I had to use ground cardamom (couldn't find whole). I also made it in the rice maker, to save time and space. I added the food color and 1 teaspoon cardamom to the rice maker with the rice and water (no soaking). When that was finished I heated 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom in oil and added cooked rice, sugar, and 2 cups of skim milk. I let this simmer about 5 minutes, and added the nuts, fruits, and ricotta. It was delicious in the end.

Feb 07, 2006

This is in response to the previous reviewer's question: Usually with Indian/Pakistani etc. sweet rice, use fresh water (so you don't keep too much starch). And if you use basmati rice, the rice/water ratio is 1:2--so for this recipe, you would boil 8 cups of water.


7 Ratings

Oct 09, 2003

This dessert was delicous! My whole family loved it and it was easy to make. Warm, sweet and creamy.

Jun 28, 2005

I'm sure this recipe would have come out better if the directions were more clear. Maybe someone could post the proper amount of WATER to use throughout the recipe? Also, are we supposed to use the water that the rice has soaked in, fresh water or additional water? This recipe is not clear but it came out good the way I made it - I just used made rice the normal way without soaking it and added the cardamom and food coloring to the water. I also added a lot more raisins.

Nov 13, 2014

Well myn just messed up turn out like rice puddin please tell me weere i went wrong its like mush ???


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  • Calories
  • 394 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 87.8 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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