Zarda Rice with Mixed Berries and Cherries

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Zarda Rice with Mixed Berries and Cherries

Zarda Rice with Mixed Berries and Cherries

Posted on 8th May 2017
Looking for a way to transform rice into a tasty dessert? Well, we have the answers you've been looking for with Chef Robin's creation of Zarda Rice!
Makes 10, scale as needed.


475 g Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice
118 g Saffron
5 g Saffron (kesar)
15 mL Lemon Juice
59 g Ghee
3 each Cloves
1 each Cinnamon Stick
3 each Green Cardamoms
15 g Raisins
90 g Almonds (chopped)
90 g Cashew Nuts (chopped)
90 g Mixed Berries
4 each Water
90 g Sugar
170 g Ricotta Cheese
30 mL Rose Water
170 g Fresh Cherries


Raw ingredients plated for Zarda Rice

Step 1

Soak the Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice in four cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, drain it thoroughly.

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Raw rice in a bowl

Step 2

Heat 2.5 cups of water in a deep pan over the stove on medium heat. Then, add the saffron and a teaspoon of food colouring and bring it to the boil. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat and add the soaked rice. Leave the rice on the heat until it is 90% cooked, then drain it and rinse with cold water so it doesn’t over cook.

Saffron being adding into the pot of water

Soaking rice being put into the pot

Step 3

In a baking dish, rub some butter over the sides, then spread a portion of the rice at the bottom. Cover the rice evenly with a layer of sugar, fried nuts and a few drops of rose water. Repeat the layering style two more times, then place the dish over medium heat on a stove top for 10 to 12 minutes.

Cooked rice being dished into a bowl

Step 4

Once it has cooked, mix it through and use a mould to secure the rice’s sculpture and garnish with the mixed berries and fresh cherries. You can also scatter some fresh ricotta to add some creaminess to the dish.

Rice in a mould

Rice being plated with cherries

Message from chef Robin Rana

Bringing rice to life through a dessert is something amazing, and this sweet dish incorporates the flavours of rice, fresh fruit and nuts.

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