Sweet Rice (Zarda)

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“This is a traditional Pakistani sweet dish, which is must for every occasion. It is easy to make and consists of simple ingredients rather than rich and calorie rich ingredients. Try substituting ricotta for the cream and varying the dry fruit and nuts.”


  • 4 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange food color
  • 10 pods whole cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest


  1. Place the rice in a bowl with water to cover and soak one hour.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil with food color and half the cardamom pods. Stir in the rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, 20 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet over low heat, cook remaining cardamom pods in oil 2 minutes. Stir in cooked, drained rice, and sugar. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream, raisins, walnuts, almonds and orange zest. Serve warm.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by MAK & CHEESE on Mar 16, 2013

    sweet rice with raisins and almond flakes. It’s THE BEST!!!!

  2. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Mar 17, 2013

    including starter, maincourse and dessert
    thankssss xx

  3. posted by D3ZZY on Mar 17, 2013

    I just asked a question and Im jealous from seeing all those unique names that people have. I dont like my name. So tell me what should I change it to?
    @person with the same name as me: NO
    @Ninja and Ducky: I think ur name is really unique and nice.
    @Muhammed K: Wth????
    @Muhammed K: Those names at the end r good

  4. posted by balinderk2000 on Mar 17, 2013

    I think it’s Indian but maybe Persian or Middle Eastern.

  5. posted by Erfan on Mar 17, 2013

    Hi, Im an English student, and next week we will be having an exhibit on India & food. My group selected the holiday of Rakhi Bandhan….I was going to go to an Indian grocery store to pick up something to drink, and some type of dessert that will keep for a week, since our presentation isn’t due for a week, and Im going shopping tomorrow. Does anyone have recommendations on what would be a good Indian dessert and drink??? Thankyou.

  6. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 17, 2013

    my two best friends just got over a pretty big fight,
    and we’re all getting together for the frist time for a while at my house tonight.

    so we’re going to try and make dinner
    what things can 3 16 year old girls make thats fun and unique?

  7. posted by Roar me R on Mar 18, 2013

    it’s a special sweet oatmeal…. if you know anything about persian/iranian food or if you know the dish and where i can find the recipe let me know!


  8. posted by evangldbrg on Mar 18, 2013

    I want to make that jelly-like Indian/Pakistani dessert with custard powder. Any tips, links?


  9. posted by blarg blarg on Mar 18, 2013

    I live with my aunt and uncle.
    My cousins and I are making my aunt dinner for Mother’s Day. I am making desert, but I’m not sure what dessert to make because my aunt cannot have milk products.
    Something easy and delicious would be great. Any ideas?
    Help would be much appreciated and if you have a recipe, please post it.
    Thank you :)

  10. posted by John on Mar 19, 2013

    I have tried so many different curry dishes at restaurants, and I like the taste of curry. However, all the dishes I’ve tried are loaded with grease and oil. Is there a healthier way to make a curry dish (veggie or meat)? THANK YOU!!!

  11. posted by XplicitzZ on Mar 19, 2013

    I need to lightly crush some cardamom pods (never mind where to find those) – what does it mean to lightly crush something?

  12. posted by maskills24 on Mar 21, 2013

    please can u help me,can u give me all the info on how zarda sweet rice got is name,which countries have it,the history behind it etc…..thank u:)

  13. posted by Thomas A on Mar 21, 2013

    It contained raisins, slivered almonds, cardamom pods, and a whole clove or two. I can’t find a recipe online that uses them all. Can you please give me one?

  14. posted by clntvrrt on Mar 22, 2013

    I cook about 3 currys a week and have gone from using jar sauces to pastes, I now want to work from scratch what spices should I have in my cupboard?

  15. posted by Ryan Dunn on Mar 25, 2013

    Are they completely different tastes or is it just the spice levels that are different?

  16. posted by Jonny on Mar 25, 2013

    If i put some cardamom pods, a bay leaf and some turmeric in while it cooks will it be tasty?
    Other recipes i’ve found have more spices in but i’ve already spent a fortune on ingredients and don’t want to buy any more. Will this do?

  17. posted by MentallyCryppled on Mar 25, 2013

    My aunt has an Iranian husband and she always makes saffron rice. She gets her saffron straight from Iran, which greatly reduces the cost. I LOVE it, and crave it all the time, but I can’t afford the saffron. Is there a spice that gets close to it? I know it won’t be perfect, but I’m willing to experiment and see if there’s something affordable that I could enjoy.

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