This is a traditional Pakistani sweet dish, which is must for every occasion. It is easy to make and consists of simple ingredients rather than rich and calorie rich ingredients. Try substituting ricotta for the cream and varying the dry fruit and nuts.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the rice in a bowl with water to cover and soak one hour.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to boil with food color and half the cardamom pods. Stir in the rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, 20 minutes.

  • In a large skillet over low heat, cook remaining cardamom pods in oil 2 minutes. Stir in cooked, drained rice, and sugar. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream, raisins, walnuts, almonds and orange zest. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; protein 3.5g 7% DV; carbohydrates 87.8g 28% DV; fat 3.5g 5% DV; cholesterol 3.8mg 1% DV; sodium 3.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2006
This turned out well but it originally calls for WAY too much sugar. I only put 3 cups instead of 4 and it was still a bit too sweet. Everyone ate it and said they enjoyed it but there was a discussion about the sweetness and the amount of sugar called for. I had to use ground cardamom (couldn't find whole). I also made it in the rice maker to save time and space. I added the food color and 1 teaspoon cardamom to the rice maker with the rice and water (no soaking). When that was finished I heated 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom in oil and added cooked rice sugar and 2 cups of skim milk. I let this simmer about 5 minutes and added the nuts fruits and ricotta. It was delicious in the end. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2005
I'm sure this recipe would have come out better if the directions were more clear. Maybe someone could post the proper amount of WATER to use throughout the recipe? Also are we supposed to use the water that the rice has soaked in fresh water or additional water? This recipe is not clear but it came out good the way I made it - I just used made rice the normal way without soaking it and added the cardamom and food coloring to the water. I also added a lot more raisins. Read More
(5)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2006
This turned out well but it originally calls for WAY too much sugar. I only put 3 cups instead of 4 and it was still a bit too sweet. Everyone ate it and said they enjoyed it but there was a discussion about the sweetness and the amount of sugar called for. I had to use ground cardamom (couldn't find whole). I also made it in the rice maker to save time and space. I added the food color and 1 teaspoon cardamom to the rice maker with the rice and water (no soaking). When that was finished I heated 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom in oil and added cooked rice sugar and 2 cups of skim milk. I let this simmer about 5 minutes and added the nuts fruits and ricotta. It was delicious in the end. Read More
(32)
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2006
This is in response to the previous reviewer's question: Usually with Indian/Pakistani etc. sweet rice, use fresh water (so you don't keep too much starch). And if you use basmati rice, the rice/water ratio is 1:2--so for this recipe, you would boil 8 cups of water. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
This dessert was delicous! My whole family loved it and it was easy to make. Warm sweet and creamy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2005
I'm sure this recipe would have come out better if the directions were more clear. Maybe someone could post the proper amount of WATER to use throughout the recipe? Also are we supposed to use the water that the rice has soaked in fresh water or additional water? This recipe is not clear but it came out good the way I made it - I just used made rice the normal way without soaking it and added the cardamom and food coloring to the water. I also added a lot more raisins. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
11/13/2014
Well myn just messed up turn out like rice puddin please tell me weere i went wrong its like mush??? Read More