Zarda is a traditional South Asian dessert, typically prepared during special occasions and festive events. It is also known as meethe chawal or sweet rice. The dish is made by cooking basmati rice with sugar, cardamom, saffron, and food coloring. The rice is usually boiled until it becomes tender, then drained and mixed with a syrup of sugar and water flavored with cardamom and saffron.
The mixture is then cooked over low heat until the rice is fully coated in the syrup and turns yellow or orange in color from the food coloring. Zarda may also include additional ingredients such as nuts, raisins, and grated coconut, which are added to the rice during the cooking process. The dish is typically served hot and is enjoyed as a sweet and aromatic dessert.