Recipe of Zarda – Saffron Sweet Rice

Special Zarda Rice Recipe
Special Zarda Rice Recipe

Zarda is a traditional Pakistani Sweet Dish, made by boiled rice with (orange) food coloring, milk and sugar, and flavoured with cardamoms, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almonds. The name Zarda comes from Persian and Urdu ‘zard’ meaning ‘yellow’, hence named since the food coloring added to the rice gives it a yellow color. Zarda is typically served during a meal or distributed during special religious occasions like Nisf-e-Shaban. In Pakistan, zarda was and still remains a popular dessert on weddings.


  • 2 cup Sela Rice (soaked for 2 to 3 hours)
  • 1 ½ cup Sugar
  • 6 to 8 Pistachio (chopped)
  • 6 to 8 Almond (chopped)
  • Few Ashrafis (candy fruit) murabba
  • 3 Cloves
  • Oil or Ghee
  • 4 to 6 Green cardamoms (Choti Ilaichi)
  • ½ cup Milk

Special Zafrani Zarda Rice Recipe for Eid

How To Make Zarda

  1. Boil water then put rice in it for 15 minutes rice in the boil water and let it and add 2 to 3 cloves cook for 5 to 8 mins. When the rice is boiled, drain all the extra water.
  2. Now take a big bowl or dish and put boiled rice, milk, food colour, sugar,dry fruits and ashrafies ( murabba )as well and mix it well.
  3. In a pan, put ghee and fry cloves and cardamom, when they turn brown and an aroma starts to come, add rice and mix it well and then put on dum for 5 min on high heat. Then put it on slow heat and then serve.
Special Zarda Rice Recipe
Special Zarda Rice Recipe