Ainy Cooks

This poem is dedicated to all Mothers on Mother’s Day…

“I’ve copied you, Mother
My words echo your voice
You’re my shining example
The one of my choice
Not thinking about it
I’ve copied your style
The way that you walk
The way that you smile

You fashioned my dreams
You painted my hopes
I’ve learned to make knots
At the end of my ropes

We all learn to love,
But not from a friend
I learned your strength
And when I should bend

Mom, you’ve mapped the way
To Heaven above
By teaching me kindness
By teaching me love….”

My mother was an expert at making yellow colored zarda, but i have learned to cook this from my Mother in law(Two mother’s…. my treasure). This zarda is very famous in Punjab, normally people use Zarda and Pulao combination in parties or other special occasions.


Rice (basmati)1/2 kg
Sugar1/2 kg or to taste
Oil/ghee2-3 tbsp
Nuts (pistachio,almonds,raisins) as needed
Glazed fruit and orange peel as needed
Khoya /ricotta cheese1 cup
Yellow food color1/2 tsp level


  • Soak rice for 1/2 hour .
  • Boil water and add yellow food color ,cardamom ,then add washed rice and cook till boiled but one kani left ,drain water and set aside.
  • In a pot add ghee/oil and cardamom,cloves let them crackle and add sugar in it add 1/2 cup water also .As soon as sugar melts add rice and cover with lid.
  • let them simmer till¬† water completely evaporates,then add all nuts and khoya (can use ricotta cheese as well).
  • Before serving mix all.


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