Sweet Rice (Zarda)

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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50 m servings 394 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  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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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 ...

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...

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

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 us...

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

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