Yellow Rice For Basant Panchmi
It is a traditional Punjabi dessert prepared and enjoyed during festivals like Basant Panchami, Diwali, etc., and also served on auspicious occasions like marriage. Basmati rice and sugar syrup are the basic ingredients for Meethe Chawal but it is the carefully chosen assortment of Indian spices like green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and kesar that makes it flavorful and aromatic. The dry fruits make it even more tasty and gives it mouth watering visual appeal. With this recipe’s tastefully balanced ingredients, step-wise photos, tips and serving ideas, making this traditional Punjabi sweet yellow rice is child’s play; even for those who are learning to cook.
Ingredients ( for 4-5 servings )
1 cup khoya or mawa
2 cup cooked basmati rice
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbls warm milk
1 tbls ghee
Few strands of saffron ( kesar ) or yellow colour
3-4 green cardamon
6-7 cashew nuts chopped
6-7 almonds chopped
6-7 pistachios chopped
1 tbls raisins
Rinse basmati rice in water for 3-4 times and soak it in water for 20-minutes. Boil rice with 2 cups water in a pan over medium flame until almost cooked (90% cooked) but not mushy for approx. 8-10 minutes. The time required to cook rice may vary among rice brands and age of the rice.
Transfer it to colander and drain water completely. Keep them aside until required.
Take a heavy based pan with lid. Add ghee and heat it over low flame. Add cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom, sauté for 30-40 seconds.
Add sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir and cook for a minute.
Add dissolved saffron mixture and cardamom powder.
Stir and cook until sugar dissolves for approx. 1-2 minutes.
After sugar dissolves, bring mixture to a boil over medium flame. It will take around a minute. When it starts boiling, add cooked rice.
Mix gently until each rice grain is coatedsugar-saffron mixture and there are no lumps of white rice.
Reduce flame to low and cover it with a lid (or a plate). Cook until almost all moisture is evaporated, for approx. 5-6 minutes.
Turn off flame and let it stand for 7-8 minutes. Remove the lid and add almonds, cashew nuts, raisins and pistachios. Mix well and transfer sweetened Yellow Rice For Basant Panchmi to serving bowl.