Zarda is a very delicious and easy to make sweet, made using basmati rice. It is a must have during family gatherings as kids and elders alike love it. I have already shared my mother's Zarda recipe in one of my earlier posts and you can check that here. Today I am sharing my way of making zarda with a video. Scroll down below to watch the video and to read the recipe and detailed instructions. Do make this delicacy for Iftar and serve chilled to your family and guests.


For cooking rice
2 cups Basmati rice
4 cups water

For sugar syrup/ sheera
2 tbsp ghee
3 tbsp chopped almonds and cashew nuts
handful of raisins
yellow food colour
2 cups water
2 and 1/2 cups sugar


  • Wash and soak Basmati rice in water for 1 hour.
  • Then take a pressure cooker, add water and rice and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the lid and allow the rice to cool down completely.
  • Then heat ghee in a vessel, add chopped cashew nuts, almonds and raisins and saute for sometime. Then add 2 cups of water and 2 and 1/2 cups sugar and orange food colour and bring to a boil.
  • Boil and keep checking the syrup till it reaches a single thread consistency. (For this you can take a drop of sheera and place between your thumb and index finger and pull the index finger apart, if it looks like a thin thread then the sheera is ready. Another method is to take the sheera and drop it in a cup of water. It should not dissolve or break. It should remain intact).
  • Now add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Switch off the gas, close a lid and allow it to cool. Set aside for about half an hour for the rice to completely soak the sheera. Zarda tastes great when served chilled.

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