Friday 31 July 2020

Mithe Chawal (Zarda Pulao)

Mithe Chawal (Zarda Pulao)

August brings the opportunity of growing closer and letting go off all inhibitions. With Eid and Rakhi around the corner, the feeling of brotherhood is more prevalent. One such metaphor is the dish Mithe Chawal (Zarda Pulao) . While it is used in The Hindu culture to celebrate Rakshabandhan, the Muslims have it as a traditional dish to celebrate Eid. Even though the name and people differ, the recipe and the sentiment remains constant.

This recipe is also really close to my heart. Being from a Punjabi family, Mithe Chawal and happiness have always had a direct relationship for me. From declaration of great results to commencing a religious event, Mithe Chawal have always been there for me. I hope this recipe brings out the same sentiment for you and the sweetness in this dish brings out the sweetness in your relationships.

Preparation Time : 30 Min

CookingTime : 30 Min

Recipe Video :  

Ingredients : 

  • Basmati rice 1 Cup soaked in water for 30 min
  • Desi Ghee 2 Tablespoon
  • Some whole spices (2 bay leaves, 3 Blakeys cardamom, 4 to 5 green cardamom, Cinnamon stick 1 inch, 3 cloves) 
  • Sugar 3/4 up
  • Almonds soaked and sliced 2 Tablespoon 
  • Rasins 15 -20
  • Cashew nut 15 - 20
  • Pistachio nut sliced 2 tablespoon for garnishing
  • Saffron 10 -15 strands soaked in 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt
Procedure :
  • In a pan boil 4 - 5 cups of water, add 2 green cardamom and cloves and a pinch of salt

  • Once water starts boiling add rice to this. Cook rice till it is 80 to 85 present cooked

  • With the help of strainer remove the excess water. Now keep this rice aside for 20 to 30 min
  • Now in a pan add desi ghee, once it is hot add all whole spices

  • Now add Almonds to this and roast it for a minute or two. Add cashew nut or raisins 
  • Let's add cooked rice to this. Toast it. Now add Saffron to it. Again toast it slowly so that the rice is not broken
  • Now add sugar to this and cover it with lid. Leave the rice covered for 2 to 3 minutes

  • Open the lid, just slowly toss the rice. You can the see that the rice is nicely cooked. Again cover the rice and cook it for 2 minutes. Now close the gas and leave the rice in pan for 10 minutes with lid
  • Serve it hot. Before serving garnish it with Pistachio .. enjoy 

Tips ;  
  • To give it a more rich look you can add khoya along with sugar
  • You can change the quantity of sugar according to your taste 

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