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- Ghee 2 Tbsp
- Sugar 5 Cups
- Chopped nuts 1 Handful
- Cardamom pods 10 Green
- Raisins or sultanas 1 Handful
- Zeeba Basmati Rice 3 Cups
- Egg yellow food coloring 5 Tsp
- Wash and drain the rice till the water no longer runs cloudy – about 5 washes. Then, soak the rice in water for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large pan, add rice (drained), cardamom pods, the food colouring, 1tbsp ghee and enough water to cover everything well. Bring everything to a boil.
- Whilst the rice is coming to a boil, in a separate pan add 1tbsp of ghee, 1tbsp sugar and the chopped nuts and raisins. Heat this on medium heat, stir to roast the nuts well. Keep roasting till they are slightly brown.
- Once the rice is 80% done, drain everything in a colander.
- In the same pan, layer the zarda like we layer in biryani. First, take 1/3 of the rice and put it at the bottom of the pot. Then, add 1/3 of the sugar, then 1/3 of the nuts and raisins.
- Repeat the layering process till all the rice, sugar, nuts and raisins have been used up. You should end up with a layer of nuts and raisins on top.
- Cover the pot and turn the heat to the lowest setting possible. Allow the Zarda to steam for 15-20 minutes.
- Once done, uncover and carefully stir the rice to mix in the sugar, preferably with a panja or slotted spoon. Be careful not to break the rice. Let the rice rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.