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Your Christmas recipe: Meethe chawal

Last updated on: December 16, 2012 12:01 IST

Your Christmas recipe: Meethe chawal


We'd asked you, our readers to share your favourite Christmas recipes. Here, reader Saraswat from Keonjhar tells us how to make Meethe Chawal. Read on.

Saraswat says: The Meethe Chawal (sweet rice) is a favourite Bada Din (Christmas) recipe in rural north India.


Basmati rice: 250 gms (soaked)

Sugar: 75 gms

Cashew nuts: 100 gm (soaked)

Raisins: 30 gms soaked

Green cardamom (powdered): ¼ teaspoon

Saffron: Few threads (optional)

Ghee or vegetable oil: 25 ml

Whole cloves: 5 nos

Whole green cardamom: 5 nos

Cinnamon (thin, long strips): 5 nos.

Water: 400 ml

Method of preparation

In a vessel, pour ghee or oil and heat on medium flame.

Throw in the masalas (cloves, cinnamon) and fry till brown.

Add rice and nuts. Mix well.

Now pour water and allow the rice to cook in the open vessel.

When rice is almost cooked, and most of the water has evaporated, add raisins and sugar.

Mix gently and keep off heat. Let the rice cool and set. For the colour, sprinkle saffron dissolved in milk and serve.

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