Sweet yellow rice – Zarda! Yummy and traditional Pakistani dessert that is a must for every occasion! 

Zarda is a traditional Pakistani dessert which is a must for every dinner or lunch party!


Rice – 2 cups (80% boiled)

Sugar – 1 1/2 cups

Yogurt – 2 tbsp

Yellow fodo colour – a pinch

Cloves – 2

Green Cardamom – 3

Oil – 2 tbsp

Desi Ghee – 1 tbsp


Boil the water, add a clove and green cardamom to it. Once it starts to boil, add the rice to it. Cook the rice 80 %

Heat the oil and ghee. Add green cardamom seeds, sugar, yogurt and food colour. Mix on high heat. Add rice to it and mix well. Make sure the rice gets a nice good yellow colour. If you feel , you need to add more colour then please do!

Cook on high flame for 2 minutes and then lower the heat. Cover the pan with a lid and put on dum for 10/15 minutes. I usually first cover the pan with kitchen foil and then put the lid on it.

Enjoy the yummy and delicious Zarda!! 🙂



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