Basant Panchami Special, Meethe Chawal a delicious rice preparation from North India, prepared in desi ghee, colored with turmeric, flavoured with spices like saffron, cardamom, with lots of nuts.
- 1 Cup Basmati Rice
- 1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts(Cashew nuts, Almonds, Raisins, Dried Cranberries)
- 1 tbsp Almonds
- 4-5 Cloves
- 4-5 Black Peppercorns
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Cinnamon Stick(small)
- 1-2 Green Cardamom
- 10-12 Saffron strands
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Jaggery/Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
Soak saffron strands in milk few hours(minimum 1 hr) before preparing the rice.
Wash rice and soak for at least half an hour before cooking. Roughly chop nuts.
In a thick bottomed pan, add ghee. When ghee is warm enough, add the whole spices, roast for a few seconds, then add nuts to it and roast till they give the aroma.
Next add crushed jaggery, let it melt, then add rice to it. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
Mix nicely and then add saffron milk and water as required to cook rice.
Cover and keep the rice on medium flame and cook till the rice becomes soft and grains appear long and separated.
Take off the flame and keep covered for few minutes. Serve hot.