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14 December, 2016

Pineapple Zafrani Zarda

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Pineapple Zafrani Zarda

A simple sweet dish made with rice and sugar. It becomes exotic with the addition of pineapple and saffron, which give it a wonderful aroma.
Zarda is derived from the urdu word zard which means yellow, the dish gets its colour from saffron but food colour also maybe added to get a brighter hue.
It is generally served at muslim weddings and festivals as a special dessert. It is served warm and tastes even better if topped with some super rich malai or cream.
Please don’t count the calories­čśü
So let’s get down to making it.


500 gms Basmati Rice
500 gms Sugar
4-6 cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon saffron strands
1/2 tin Del Monte Pineapple tidbits
20 gms pistachios, slivered
2 tbsp desi ghee
2 tbsp milk
Orange food colour, optional
Cherry, optional

Wash and soak the rice in a bowl for an hour.
In a large, thick bottomed vessel, add about a litre of water.
Crush the cardamoms and add to the water along with half of the saffron. Add a pinch of orange food color for a brighter Zarda.
Soak the remaining saffron in the milk.
Bring the water to a boil.
When the rice is almost cooked, remove from flame and drain the water.
Remove two thirds of the rice, now put half of the sugar, pineapple tidbits and ghee.
Put the half of the removed rice, put the remaining sugar, pineapple and ghee.
Cover with the remaining rice.
Sprinkle the saffron strands along with the milk.
Cover the vessel and let it sim on very low heat till the sugar dissolves,this takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
Check for doneness, the rice should be cooked and the sugar dissolved.
Remove from flame and mix the rice lightly, till everything is well Incorporated.
Garnish with pistachios, Pineapple tidbits and a cherry.
Serve warm.

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