Be My Guest – Punjabi Shahi Colored Zarda

PinIt’s a Saturday and time for the next guest post… Seriously, I am so happy that whoever I have written to have always come back with a positive response, be it Meena, Hasna and now it’s Noor. I am not sure if you are familiar with her – but her facebook page has over 1000 likes, which is not bad at all!!!

I came across Noor through FB and was instantly attracted to her page. I am big fan of Pakistani cuisine and she had a lot of traditional recipes with some really nice pictures, and not only that, her blog is beautifully and very professionally done. I was not sure how she would take my request for a guest post, so I contacted her through FB message and was surprised to find a nice homely lady, ready to give in. This is the first time somebody has asked her for a guest post and I am glad I did. She also wanted to know what she should be giving me and I told her, anything traditional should do. So I guess, since she thought I am a sweet tooth, let it be a traditional sweet.

Actually, I have never tried zarda before. I have a recipe with me of the basic zarda, which I want to try sometime soon – if time permits. During this time, I guess we all will just stare at Noor’s pictures and drool over it, while going through the recipe… πŸ™‚

Off to you, Noor…

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Feel like taking it and eating it off the screen!!!
Salam! I’m super excited
to be guest posting here at “Big Sweet Tooth” but
there are 2 things you should know first:
  • This is my first guest post..ever and
  • I don’t exactly know what I’m doing. I
    guess I should introduce myself….:)

My name is Quratulain Noor ,I am M.Sc in Botany
and before marriage was a successful teacher,now a home maker and
mother of two cute  and naughty boys…its a bit difficult for me to cook
with my curious Georges.But i love to cook for my family and my
friends.I started my FB page one year ago and blog 3 months back.I wanted
to share my experiences to others ,like my mother transferred
her’s to me. The story of what I eat is the story of my life, and
you will find plenty of stories to keep you amused on my blog.

I Love conversation. I like to learn and I like to
share what I learn. I like to turn people on to ideas and the people who have
them.After my mother, every single person who is sharing there own
experiences and good ideas is my inspiration.I have a big sweet
tooth….lolz, I love chocolate and desserts.I always try new things and keen to
improve my presentation skills… One really important thing I’ve learned is that all the skill in the world can’t replace a
love of cooking and that’s why we’re all here.
PUNJABI SHAHI COLORED ZARDA

I learned to make this zarda in Punjab(Pakistan)
,this zarda here, is a very important dessert and on
most of the occasions people add this as a sweet dish.

INGREDIENTS:
Rice  Β½ kg
Sugar   1/2 kg
Water    as needed
Ghee   Β½ cup
Green cardamom   4-5
Coconut  cut in thin slices   as
needed

Khoya   1 cup
Almond    as needed
Pistachio   as needed
Cashew nuts   as needed
Ashrefi    red and green 3 tbsp
Orange peel    few strands
Food colors  Red ,green
Baby rasgullas and gulab jamuns
Kewra water  few drops(optional)
METHOD:

Wash rice and soak them for Β½ hour then add water in a deep pan and let it boil then add rice
in it, cook till nearly done (one kani left) drain and set aside. In a pan pour
ghee and cardamom let it crackle ,then add sugar let it cook for few
seconds then add 1 cup water and let sugar dissolve and form a syrup .On this stage
add rice and mix well,cover with lid and when syrup starts to dry ,add red and
green food color in a form of drops .Two red and two green drops with equal
distance ,do not use excess color.let it simmer and before serving add khoya
,nuts,ashrafi ,baby rasgullas, gulab jamun and serve hot.Can add kewra water
before simmering.

In the end i would like to thanks my Sweet host
,who invited me with love to share my Traditional recipes…Thanks Rafeeda. God
bless you.

Doesn’t that look amazing? Just look at the colors, and the little gulab jamuns and rasagullas decorating the dish, yum yum…. Do visit her lovely page and inform her that you are coming from my side, so that she feels glad about it. And trust me, you are going to enjoy the galour of recipes that are there on her page, tempting you to try a couple of them atleast when you are free…

Join the Conversation

    1. thank u so much rita… πŸ™‚

  1. Owh wow…delicious and colorful Zarda! Very new to me but am loving it!!! Yep, I just felt like grabbing it through the screen now dear. Glad to know Noor πŸ˜‰

    Wonderful job Raf! πŸ˜‰

    1. thank u so much sri… πŸ™‚

  2. love the colorful rice.

    1. thank u so much latha… πŸ™‚

  3. This is definitely a very elegant looking plate of goodness.
    I am impressed by the simplicity and clarity of Noor's style of writing the recipe. Thanks Rafs for bringing her here:)

    1. that is what attracted me to ask her for a guest post… glad to know that u loved the post… πŸ™‚

    2. Awwww,thank you Raf and Familycook.

  4. Beautiful and delicious zarda!!loved the recipe.

    1. thank u so much ma'am… πŸ™‚

  5. very cute bowl..love the colours

    1. thank u so much sona… πŸ™‚

  6. Fantastic dessert,so delicious and yummy.Superb guest post.

    1. thank u so much meena… πŸ™‚

  7. That is looking sooo good .I didn't know rice is served as it is in dessert.This is so interesting Noor , with rasagulla ,gulab jamun oh god this is like heaven for a sweet lover like me.Pardon my ignorance,what is ashrafi?

    1. thank u so much meena… i guess i'l leave your question to ain to answer… πŸ™‚

    2. Hi Meena! Ashrafi is basically candied/glace fruits,which we normally use in Christmas fruit and nuts cake.

  8. Goodness, you sure are delivering fabulous guest post. I am a big sweet lover and this might just be the most beautiful zarda that I've ever seen! My family always asks me to make dessert for dinner, and I think this zarda might have to make an appearance….thank you rafeeda for introducing noor…

    1. thank u so much naaz for your lovely comments… πŸ™‚

  9. wow… dish looks so colorful n flavorful.

    1. thank u so much preeti… πŸ™‚

  10. Looks delicious and colorful…

    1. thank u so much shabbu…

  11. very tempting dish, love it…

    1. thank u so much arthy… πŸ™‚

  12. Yummy.. Very true.. I am drooling πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much chitra… πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Friends! I am speechless right now, no words to show my gratitude towards your love and support, thanx Raf i am honored that u have introduced me ….
    I am sorry Meena that i am late to answer you, but asrafi is basically a Candied fruit /glace fruits,which we r using for Christmas cakes also.
    Thanx to u all again….
    regards,
    Ainy
    http://www.facebook.com/AinyCooks

  14. Hi friends! Ainy is here with tears brightened eyes after reading all of yours encouraging comments.I am thankful to Raf for posting my recipe and boosting up my spirits.Your comments means so much to me….:)

    1. thank u so much noor for coming by… u can see that everybody njoyed ur post, bcoz it was such a different kind of a recipe… hope to see many many more from you dear… πŸ™‚

    2. Sure…Raf.Thanx for ur support …..:)

    3. Thanks Raf for ur Support ,Inshallah whenever you will ask i will be thr for u…:)

  15. This looks great. I am a first timer here n love your blog

    1. thank u so much shella for your lovely commetns…

  16. This looks so good, interesting and unique Rafeeda πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

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