Zarda Pulao With Leftover Rice (sweet Rice Dessert)
The first time I had this was in my friend Rehana’s house. I was curious since I have never had ‘sweet rice’ before. I have had ‘ Kheer’ but having sweet rice was new to me. And we were all praising her the first bite was actually incidental. We had just finished our ‘ Biryani’ cooked by Rehana’s mother and we were all thanking her for the awesome lunch. She got up and went to the kitchen. Within few mintues she came with a plate of ‘ Zarda Pulao’. My Friend ‘ Parul’ was with us, who is a vegetarian. I thought Aunty has made some special dry fruit ‘Biryani’ for her. Before Aunty could say anything, I took a spoonful of ‘zarda Pulao’ and put it in mouth. I was struck, ‘oh! It is sweet’. Aunty started laughing. She said it is ‘ Zarda Pulao’ a special dessert recipe they make at home. I do not have a sweet tooth, I sometimes make it when I have some leftover rice at home. Traditionally it is cooked with Basmati rice or long grained rice, but I prefer small grain rice. The key point, The rice should should be well cooked but not overcooked.