White Zarda Rice Recipe - Yummy Traditional

White Zarda Rice Recipe

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White Zarda Rice| Sweet Rice | How to Make Zarda Rice with step-by-step photos and video 

White Zarda Rice is a Pakistani traditional sweet dish, which is a must for every occasion it is easy to make and consists of simple ingredients rather than rich and calorie ingredients, this white zerda is made by boiling rice with sugar flavored with cardamom raisin, saffron pistachio, and almond
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But here I did some variations in zerda, it looks a bit different from traditional orange zerda, additional I added green and red coloring along with homemade khoya and ashrafian that you find in any local shop or store, if it is hard to find you can use tutty fruity instead of Ashrafi and skip a few ingredients like raisin and saffron, Additionally, you can also garnish it with small gulab jamun and chum so lets the go-ahead for preparation

Recipe tips:
  1. To prepare zarda rice conveniently use sella rice rather than basmati rice
  2. At the time of serving garnish zerda with small-sized gulab jamun and chum chum sweets along with khoya and dry fruits
  3. Can be eaten for 3-4 days by keeping it in the refrigerator...
  4. if you are using sella rice then you have to cook the rice completely 100% otherwise your rice will become hard after putting in sugar syrup
  5. If you want to make orange or yellow zarda at the time of boiling add a pinch of food color
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To prepare zarda rice first thoroughly wash and soak the rice in hot water, boil the water in a pan put dry fruits in hot water, and let them remain in hot water for 5 minutes
Then remove the skin and cut it into half set-aside


In a saucepan pour 3 cups water, and green cardamom with sugar bring it to a boil, and Keep on stirring on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup becomes a bit thick, Remove from the heat. Coarsely chop the ashrafian set aside.

Prepare homemade khoya according to my recipe I have given a link to the list below, If easily available in your area can be used as a store-bought khoya.



In a large pot pour water along with green cardamom, bring to a boil, and cover the lid, put rice in the water, stir well, and allow to cook till rice is soft


Drain them out from the water and keep them aside


Heat the ghee put cloves and cardamom let them crackle, and pour the sugar syrup into the ghee


Then add rice to the sugar syrup and stir to mix well alongside putting Ashrafi to the rice and further stirring to combine well


Keep on sitting by adding half the quantity of khoya and dry fruits half reserved for using garnishing, then sprinkle food colors on one side


Towards the end add kewra essence, coconut powder, and remaining khoya and dry fruits over rice, and allow to simmer it for 10-15 minutes on  low flame


Zarda rice is ready, transfer it to the serving tray/dish                                  
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Serve hot zarda rice to your family and friends 

how to make zarda rice

This white zerda rice is made by boiling rice with orange food coloring and sugar flavored with cardamom raisin, saffron pistachio, and almond

  1. 3 cups, of sella basmati soaked for at least 3 hours in hot water   
  2. 150g, instant khoya
  3. 50g, almonds
  4. 50g, pistachio
  5. 50g, coconut powder
  6. 4-5 drops, of kewra essence
  7. 1 cup, Ashrafi/tote fruity
  8. 4-5 pinches, green color
  9. 4-5 pinches, red color
  10. 5 pods, green cardamom
  11. 2, cloves
  12. ½ cup, ghee/basmati ghee
  13. 2 pinches, saffron optional
For Sugar Syrup:
  1. 250g, sugar or to taste
  2. 2 pods, green cardamom
  3. 3 cups, of water
How to Make White Zarda Rice?
  1. In a large capacity, pot pour 1 liter of water and green cardamom with 2 pinches of saffron
  2. Bring it to a boil and then put soaked and drained rice into the boiling water and stir well
  3. Let it cook till turns soft drain them out through a colander and keep them aside
  4. Heat the ghee in the large separate pot right after putting cloves and green cardamom
  5. Let them crackle then reduce the heat to low-medium and pour the prepared sugar syrup into the ghee
  6. Add boiled rice and stir to mix well keep flame to low
  7. Keep stirring by adding other ingredients ashrafian,1/2 khoya, and half pistachio along with almonds
  8. Now put green and red food colors, kewra essence, coconut powder, remaining khoya, almonds, and pistachio
  9. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes on low flame
  10. Zerda Rice is ready to serve hot
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