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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Microwave Sweet Saffron rice (Zarda)

Sweet Rice is a traditional dish of festivals in our house.My grandmother use to make it on 'Basant Panchmi' festival mainly.she use to make it in her own traditional way(on stove top),but i tried it in my Microwave and it came out perfectly well.Microwave sweet rice is a easy,quick one pot meal ,a perfect dessert after any meal .  

The look and smell of saffron rice is delicious and tempting. It can be serve  cold or warm. (we like it warm)


1/2 cup basmati  rice
2 tbsp ghee or butter
1  cup water
2 tbsp milk
1/4cup sugar or more
Few  saffron threads
1/2 teaspoon coarsely crushed cardamom seeds
3 tbsp  pistachios,Melon seeds,and cashews and almonds (few for garnishing)
10-14 raisins 
 1/2 tsp turmeric


1-Soak rice in water for at least 1/2 hour.

2-soak saffron threads and turmeric in milk and keep aside.

3-Cook rice in microwave with water for 10 minutes,stir occasionally after every 2-3 minutes.

4-Strain access water (if any)  and leave rice for 10 minutes.

5-Add saffron-turmeric  milk and microwave for 2 minutes.

6-Now add sugar and cardamon and microwave for 2-3 more minutes.

7-Add ghee or butter along with all dry fruits and microwave it for one more minute.

8-Sweet Saffron rice is ready,serve it warm or cold by garnishing it with few more dry fruits on top.  



Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Richa, what a wonderful recipe and that too easy way, I mean microwave way. Thanks for this :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi richa, thanks a lot dropping by & appreciating, you got a lovely space as well....will visit often and this rice looks delicious as well,....

Srivalli said...

Richa,what a lovely dish. What a lovely space, green template looks very pleasing. Btw I have a microwave event every month. If you are interested, you can send it to that..also I had thanda mela could send it to that..I have sent the details on ICC