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Peelay Chawal

Recipe of Peeley Chawal | Zarda Rice

It is also known as kesari chawal and meethe chawal, peeley chawal are somewhat of a staple in Punjabi households during Basant Panchami or Baisakhi celebrations. The delicious combination is made of rice, which is sweetened using sugar. Aromatic spices like cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a whole lot of nuts and dry fruits are also used in the preparation. The saffron, in addition to adding a flavour, also lends a beautiful yellow hue to the rice, making it the perfect festive treat for Baisakhi.


  • Rice 200 gm
  • Fennel Seeds 30 gm
  • Ghee 50 gm
  • Sugar 250 gm
  • Water 200 ml
  • Cashew nuts 20 gm
  • Almonds 20 gm
  • Saffron 1 pinch
  • Cloves 1 tsp
  • Green cardamom seeds 1 tsp

peelay chawal


1. Boil the rice with saffron till 80% ready.
2. Heat ghee in a pan then add fennel seeds green cardamom seeds and cloves
3. Add dry fruits and boiled rice.
4. Add sugar syrup and dum-cook for 10 minutes.