Sunday, January 23, 2011

Punjabi Shahi Zarda پنجابی شا ھی زردہ

Punjabi Shahi Zarda

Punjabi Shahi Zarda is one of the most colourful and popular dessert in Punjab and also in all over Pakistan . It is cooked dering Eid ul Fitr and on wedding occasions and liked not only by children but also by adults.


  • Saila Rice (Pakki Basmati Rice/Parboiled Rice) , soaked in water  1/2 kg
  •  Sugar  1 and 1/2 cup (300g)
  • Khoya  1 cup (250g)
  • Baby Cham Cham (coloured)   250 g
  • Ashrafi (Coloured)  1/2 cup
  • Ghee 1/2 cup
  • Almond (soaked in warm water and skin removed)  20 pieces
  • Pistachio (soaked in warm water and splited)  20 pieces
  • Raisin, soaked and washed , 1/4 cup
  • Coconut slices   1/4 cup
  • Cloves 8
  • Mace  small pieces 6
  • Cardamom green broken  8
  • Saffron threads   20
  • Pure Kewra 3 drops
  • Yellow Food Colour  2 pinch


  • Boil soaked rice with yellow food colour in 6-8 glass of water till full tender. Drain and keep aside.
  • Now in a pan heat ghee, add cardamom green and stir for 2-3 minutes , then add almond, pistachio, raisin, coconut, cloves, mace, sugar, boiled rice and kewra.
  • Mix well, then sprinkle ashrafi, khoya and saffron on top.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, then sprinkle coloured baby cham cham and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Delicious Punjabi Shahi Zarda is ready.
  • Mix  well before serving.