¼ cup ghee / clarified butter
8 cashew / kaju, halves
5 almond / badam, chopped
2 tsp raisins / kishmish
2 tsp dry coconut / kopra
2 pods cardamom / elachi
4 cloves / lavang
1 cup water
¼ tsp saffron / kesar
¼ tsp orange food colour, optional
½ cup basmati rice, soaked 30 minutes
½ cup sugar
1.Firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp ghee and roast 8 cashew, 5 almond, 2 tsp raisins and 2 tsp dry coconut.Roast to golden brown on low flame and keep aside.In the remaining ghee add 2 pods cardamom and 4 cloves.
2.Also add 1 cup water, ¼ tsp saffron and ¼ tsp orange food colour.Mix well making sure the colour is mixed well.Further, add 1 cup soaked basmati rice (30 minutes) and mix well.
3.Cover and cook on medium flame for 10 minutes.Mix gently, making sure rice is half cooked.Further add ½ cup sugar, 2 tbsp ghee and roasted dry fruits.Mix gently making sure sugar melts.
4.Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.Stir in between to prevent from burning.Cook until the rice is cooked completely. and do not overcook as rice turns mushy.Finally, serve meethe chawal / zarda pulao hot garnished with few chopped nuts.