A traditional sweet dish made with boiled rice, sugar, dry fruits and yellow food colouring. Also known as zarda.
1 cup (210 gm) sela chawal (parboiled rice)-picked, washed and soaked for about an hour
1 1/4 cup (300 gm) sugar
4 cups water
1 tsp yellow colouring - optional
4 green cardamoms
5 almonds shredded
1/4 cup (60 gm) ghee
Dough to seal and a little fat to grease the lid
Bring the water to a boil and add the drained out rice, yellow colour, laung and elaichi. When it comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, till the rice is almost cooked (about 12 minutes).
Drain the rice and rinse twice, in cold water and leave in a colander to drain.
In a heavy based pan, heat the ghee and fry the raisins and the almonds and saute till they change colour a little. Remove the nuts and keep aside and add the rice in the same ghee and mix well.
Grease the edge of the lid and line a rolled string of dough along it. Grease the dough a little too.
Lower the heat, remove half the rice and sprinkle half the sugar, and then layer the rest of the rice and the rest of the sugar over it. Put the lid on to seal and place the pan over a griddle (tawa) over low heat for about 1/2 an hour.
Break the seal and serve garnished with the raisins and the nuts.