Sharing Himachali Sweet Rice Recipe today. A traditional dish enjoyed as a Dessert in Himachal Pradesh.
I always enjoy the diversity that my palate offer while traveling to different places of India .And I have been always curious to know the food story behind any traditional dish.I am talking about a hiamchali dessert called “Meethi Chawal” or Sweet Rice .
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Himachali Sweet Rice Recipe
Pahadi cuisine always impress me with it’s simplicity and flavorsome dishes. Himachali cuisine is one of such pahadi cuisine .
Meethi Chawal or Sweet Rice is an essential part of Himachali Celebrations .It is served as a dessert in any social ceremony.
The food served as mid day feast in any religious function is called “Dhaam” and it’s incomplete without this traditional sweet dish flavored with saffron.
Sweet Rice/Meethi Chawal
Soak rice for 15 minute. Boil 5 cup water with clove ,cardamom and cinnamon. When water start boiling add soaked rice.Cook it until they are 80% done.
Drain and rinse twice with normal water .Soak saffron strands in warm milk in a bowl.
Now in a pan heat 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) ,fry cashew nut to light golden color. Take them out .In the same pan fry raisin for 30 sec and take them out.
In the same pan sprinkle 2 tbsp sugar and heat till they just change into golden color.Switch off flame and add cooked rice.Mix well.
Grease a deep vessel or biriyani-pot with 1 tbsp ghee. Layer half of rice at bottom.Spread half of the fried cashew nut and raisin. Layer 1/2 cup sugar. Sprinkle half of saffron milk.Sprinkle salt.
Now spread the rest rice on top of sugar layer.Spread rest fried cashew nut and raisin.Sprinkle rest sugar .sprinkle saffron milk. Add 2 tbsp ghee on top. Close with a fitting tight lid.
Put a tawa at lowest flame.Put biriyani pot on tawa and let it cook for 15 minute. Once cooked , serve hot.