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zarda mZarda is the most famous Dessert in Pakistan specially Punjab. I have posted two types of zardas before, this recipe is not different in method which i have mentioned before but taste is different and rich because of khoya.
You can check my recipe of SHAHI ZARDA and ZARDA.


Rice1 cup
Sugar3/4 cup
Ghee/ oil2 tbsp
Khoya 3/4 cup
Mix nutsas needed
Muraba/ ashrafianas needed
Orange zest1 tsp
Food colors (red and green)few drops
Water1 cup.


  • Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes.
  • In a pot boil water, add 1 tsp of vinegar for bright color of rice.
  • Add rice in boiling water and cook till 1 kani left.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a pot melt ghee/ oil and add cardamom, let it crackle.
  • Add sugar and 1 cup water. Stir till sugar melt.
  • Add Rice and mix with sugar syrup. Let it cook till water absorb.
  • Now add khoya and with light hands mix in rice. Save 3-4 tbsp khoya for garnish.
  • Spread nuts, orange zest and ashrifian/ murabas.
  • Drop red and green color on rice and cover with lid.
  • Let it simmer.
  • Serve hot.
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