Recipe: Gajar ka Zarda (Sweet Carrot Rice)

Gajar ka Zarda is wonderful dish. The addition of nuts are amazing. It’s a sweet rice dish.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1/2 kg basmati rice
  • 1/2 kg sugar
  • 5 green cardamom
  • 1/2 cup clarified butter or ghee
  • 250 gm carrots, peeled & grated
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp almonds, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp pistachio, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp coconut, thinly sliced



  1. Rinse rice with few change of water and soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Boil rice salt and water as required until tender.
  3. Then drain all excess water.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Heat ghee in a deep skillet.
  6. Add green cardamoms, sugar and 1/2 cup water.
  7. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  8. Now add yogurt and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Then add boiled rice.
  10. Stir well.
  11. Cover with a lid and cook till sugar syrup nearly dries off.
  12. Place grated carrots in it.
  13. Mix well.
  14. Cover and leave it on low flame for 10 minutes.
  15. Take it out in a serving dish.
  16. Garnish with almonds, pistachios and coconut.
  17. Gajar ka Zarda is ready to serve.
  18. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve as a after meal dessert.


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Bushra Waheed

I believe you can make great food with everyday ingredients even if you’re short on time and cost conscious. You just need to cook clever and get creative!

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