The name Zarda comes from Persian word 'zard' زرد meaning 'yellow', hence named since the food coloring added to the rice gives it a yellow color. Zarda is typically served after a meal. In the Indian subcontinent, zarda was and still remains a popular dessert on special occasions such as weddings.
(Hindi: Zarda ) is a traditional South Asian sweet dish, made by boiling rice with (orange) food coloring, milk and sugar, and flavoured with cardamoms, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almonds. The name Zarda comes from Persian and Urdu 'zard' meaning 'yellow', hence named since the food coloring added to the rice gives it a yellow color. Zarda is typically served after a meal. In Pakistan and India, zarda was and still remains a popular dessert on weddings.
Zarda Now, let's get to the recipe and make this delicious Zarda
- Indian Sweet Rice Pilaf.
Rice: Preferable basmati as that's what's used in the traditional recipe. But you can use other long-grain rice too (I wouldn't
recommend any thick sticky rice as this will turn all mushy).
Saffron & Turmeric: For that Rich Yellow Color. A little bit of both saffron and turmeric helps achieve this gorgeous yellow color (I avoid using food coloring
but you can totally use it)
Orange zest :2 teaspoons grated orange zest
Ghee: This is one of the core ingredients that adds that rich aromatic flavor to the overall dish. (You can make it using coconut oil or any other light oil too but they won't taste as aromatic and flavorful as ghee does) Milk or Khoa: Aromatic Spices: green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves Dry Fruits
-you can use one or all of these dry fruits like almond, cashews, pistachio, raisins Pomegranate- optional
1. Cinnamon to Lower Blood Sugar. Cinnamon may also provide heart-healthy benefits, such as reducing high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. That's especially important for people with diabetes who are at greater risk for developing heart disease.
2. Turmeric to Fight Inflammation. Because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, curcumin is also effective at reducing pain and swelling in people with arthritis. And animal studies indicate that curcumin could have powerful anti-cancer properties.
3. Ginger to Relieve Nausea. Research has found that ginger is effective at calming pregnancy-related nausea and reducing tummy upset after surgery. Some studies have also found that ginger cuts the severity of motion sickness or prevents the symptoms altogether.
4. Garlic to Boost Heart Health. Researchers have linked garlic intake with keeping blood vessels flexible, especially in women. In addition, studies suggest that eating garlic may reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
5. Cayenne to Ease Pain.Lab research and studies in animals suggest that eating cayenne pepper can also help with something that causes a lot of internal pain: ulcers. Although people often associate spicy foods with stomach upset, capsaicin aids in helping reduce ulcers by restricting the growth of an ulcer-causing bacteria (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori), reducing excess stomach acid and increasing blood flow.
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