18 Apr Meethe Chawal
Meethe Chawal (sweet rice) is an amazing sweet delight which is usually made on the day of Basant Panchami, which is a famous festival when Saraswati, the goddess of intellect, learning and wisdom is worshipped. The colour yellow holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life. People not only dress in yellow but they also prepare some sweets in yellow colour. I had made it on that very day but don’t know how I skipped uploading the same. But following the principal of better late than never, I am sharing the recipe of Meethe Chawal now.
These sweet rice are flavoured with saffron strands, which gives it a vibrant yellow colour and mild fragrance.
Rice 1 cup
Desi Ghee 4 tbsp
Piece of Cinnamon 1 inch
Green Cardamoms 4
Cardamom powder ¼ tsp
Sugar ⅔ cup
Saffron Strands 10 – 15
(dissolved in 2 tbsp Milk or use yellow food colour in place of Saffron)*
Dry fruit as per choice
Water 4 cup + ½ cup
1. Rinse rice in water and soak them in water for 30-minutes.
2. Boil rice with 4 cups water in a pan over medium flame until almost cooked (90% cooked) but not mushy. Pour a spoon of oil in water while cooking rice so that the rice grains puff separately.
3. Drain water completely and Keep the rice aside.
4. Take a pan. Add ghee and heat it over low flame. Add cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom, saute for couple of seconds.
5. Add sugar and ½ cup water. Stir and cook for a minute.
6. Add dissolved saffron mixture/yellow coloured mixture and cardamom powder.
7. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves.
8. After sugar dissolves, bring mixture to boil over medium flame. When it starts to boil, add rice.
9. Mix gently until each rice grain is coated with sugar-saffron mixture. There must not be any lumps of white rice.
10. Reduce flame to low and cover it with a lid. Cook until almost all moisture is evaporated.
11. Turn off flame and let it stand for 8-10 minutes. Remove the lid and add dry fruits of your choice.
Here your Meethe Chawal….
You can increase or decrease the quantity of sugar as per your requirement. Also you can adjust the intensity of colour as per your liking.
*If you don’t have both Saffron and yellow food colour, just put ½ tsp spoon of ghee in a pan on low flame and add pinch of turmeric (haldi) in it. Be careful, haldi shouldn’t burn. Add it to the rice.
PAYAL BALI SHARMA
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