Sunday, June 29, 2014

Coloured Zarda Chawal /Rainbow Zarda / رنگین زردہ چاول / ست رنگے زردہ چاول

This Coloured Zarda Chawal have many childhood memories for me, it was regularly cooked by my  aunt (Mummani/Mami) for our cousins numbering more than 20 when ever their is a festival of Eid or Shab e Barat or when ever she is happy with childs. She was then lives in Karachi now settled in Faisalabad. So I acknowledge this recipe to her (Mami Jamila) .

Sat Rangay Zarad Chawal


  • Rice parboiled (saila/Pakki basmati)   1/2 kg
  • Sugar   1 heaped cup ,(200-300g)
  • Khoya  50g
  • Ghee 1/2 cup
  • Almonds soaked and skin removed 20 
  • Raisin  1 tablespoon
  • Dry Coconut slices  1 tablespoon
  • Cloves 5
  • Cinnamon sticks 2
  • Cardamom small 4
  • Food Colour Red 1 little pinch
  • Food Colour Green 1 little pinch
  • Food Colour Yellow 1 little pinch
  • Food Colour Orange 1 little pinch
  • Food Colour Blue 1 little pinch


  • Soak rice in water for 1 hour, wash and drain.
  • Now boil soaked rice with added cloves and cinnamon,  in 6-8 glass water till tender.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan add cardamom green fry for 2 minute, then add almonds, coconut, raisin and sugar.
  • Mix well, sprinkle khoya at top.
  • Add coloures in spots at top dissolved in little water.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Delicious Coloured Zarda Chawal is ready.
  • Serve aside with Punjabi Pulao.