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Meethe Chawal Recipe, How to make Punjabi Sweet Yellow Rice | Saffron Sweet Rice

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Meethe Chawal Recipe |  How to make Punjabi Sweet Yellow Rice | Saffron Sweet Rice | Zaffran Sweet Rice | Sweet Yellow Rice | Punjabi Meethe Chaawal

Hello to all my readers and followers, sorry for posting after a long time, as I am busy with my little one which is coming into my life this march, so no time for posting but today I got some time so thought of sharing sweet rice recipe for the occasion of raksha bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious occasion that celebrates the special bond of love and caring between a brother and a sister. On Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties the rakhi on her brother wrist hand and praying for his good wealth, success and happiness. And in return brother gives a gift o her sisters and also promise to protect her always !! 


At our home this sweet rice is must for any festival, this special post dedicated to my younger brother who loves this rice most... so I thought why not to share this recipe with other sisters who can prepare this sweet rice for their brothers and make her bonding with her brothers more sweet as just like this rice :) 

Happy Raksha Bandhan to all sisters & her brothers !!

Saffron flavored rice with the sweetness of sugar, cardamom and cloves sauted in clarified butter(desi ghee), release an aroma that has a warm sweet fragrance fills the whole house ! 


You can try all different kinds of nuts and dry fruits to your liking as they will all go well with this Sweet Rice.

It is a traditional Punjabi dessert prepared during festivals like Basant Panchami, Raksha bandhan, Diwali, etc., and also served on auspicious occasions like marriages. 


This yellowish colored rice recipe is a sweet and delectable one. They are very popular in Punjab. This is one of the desert which is liked by every person and loved by kids also. This is also called "Zarda" and traditional Pakistani sweet dish, which is made in every occasion. 

Rice based sweet dishes are very popular from ancient times, as rice was staple grain, available in most households. 

Some people also call this chawal as Kesari Baath ( Orange Colored Rice- due to it's saffron coating)

Saffron also known as kesar in hindi and kesar has some healthy benefits also it contains many minerals such as cooper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.


Some of these are helpful in controlling blood pressure as well as in the formation of hemoglobin. The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide.

There are a lots of traditional delicacies that are relished on this Festival and making the occasion even more enjoyable. Here are some selected recipes to help you celebrate the festival

Try these simple recipes and make place in the hearts of your loved ones...


Festival Special Recipes
Follow an easy recipe of meethe chaawal and treat your family this time with an exotic saffron flavored rice that has years of legends attached to it.

Preparation time : 10 to 15 min
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 min
Serves - 6 people


Ingredients :

Basmati Rice - 2 cups [wash and soaked in water]
Yellow-Orange Food Color - 1/2 tbsp
Black Cardamom seeds (badi eliachi ke daane) - 2 no
Cloves(laung) - 5 no
Small Cardamom (choti eliachi) - 8 tsp
Desi Ghee(clarified butter) - 5 to 6 tbsp
Raisins - 2 tbsp (wash and soaked in water)
Chopped Almonds - 8 to 10 pieces
Saffron strands - A pinch
Sugar - 1
and 1/2 cup (adjust according to taste)
Water for sugar syrup - 1 and 1/2 cup
Water for rice - 2 and 1/2 cup

Preparation Method :

1. For Sugar Syrup - Mix 1-1/2 cup water and sugar in a pan. Add saffron with food color and bring to boil, stirring in between. Keep it aside.

2. Heat Desi ghee in a heavy bottom pan or kadai. Add green cardamom, black cardamom seeds and cloves. Stir for few seconds.

3. Add drained rice and mix gently. Add 2 and 1/2 cup of water and boil it.

4. Reduce flame. Keep tawa under the pan of rice as soon as it starts to boil to reduce the heat further. Cook it till the water gets absorbed.

5. Now add sugar syrup. Mix lightly sugar syrup with rice and
add chopped almonds, drained out raisins (any dry fruits which you like). . Cover the lid and cook on low heat till rice is done and saffron sugar syrup is absorbed.

6. Garnish with nuts and Serve hot Meethe chaawal to your family members. 


To PIN it
 Happy Cooking & Enjoy !!

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