Lemon Zarda, Lemony Zarda. Sweetened Lemon Rice. Sweet Rice Dessert. Sweetened Rice Zarda.
Zarda is a common sweet dish after a heavy biriyani. If I plan a Mughalai style dinner, quintessential dessert that comes to my mind is phirni and zarda. In many cultures sweets are generally served after the meal(Except in Hindu meals, where sweet comes first). It is universally accepted that 'desserts' promote good digestion. Although I am not very sure how it works (when it is filled with calories)!!!
I just wonder why would someone crave for something sweet' soon after a relatively big meal like biriyani! I think the gesture to offer desserts at the end of the course...is to indicate the guest 'Yes, course is complete...now we wish to say you good bye' he he. Anyway...was kidding, I added lemon zest to the traditional recipe, today! Don't ask me the significance...I was totally clueless, but good that it lighted up the rice.
Basmati rice 1 cup (cooked)
Lemon zest 2 teaspoons
Sugar 1 cup
Saffron 1/2 spoon
In a pan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup of water. Add saffron to it...bring this to strong syrup like consistency.
In a wide pan, heat ghee. Fry nuts and raisins.
Add cooked rice and stir-fry for few minutes. Once they are fried and become kind of stiff...add sugar syrup to it.
Continue cooking over low flame/heat. When you feel its ready, its ready to consume, he he.