Meethe Chawal

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Meethe Chawal - Rice cooked with saffron, nuts, sugar and cardamom flavor and served hot…
Meethe Chawal are very easy to make and are a perfect dessert to go with any meal. Rice cooked with saffron, nuts, sugar and elaichi flavor and served hot… whats there to not like in this recipe.

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I learned the recipe from my MIL many years ago. She used to prepare these on Sunday afternoons. Heavy breakfast on Sundays was often followed by a light lunch and meethe chawal.

I have tried the recipe after a very long time but my kids love it so I think now I will be making them quite often.

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I have added a little turmeric with saffron strands for uniform yellow color. If you want you can skip turmeric and just use saffron strands.

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I was in a hurry to take photos as my younger son was asking for these but you should wait for some time after switching off the flame and then serve these. Then each grain of rice will be separate. You can also leave them uncovered for some time and then shift in the serving bowl.
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How to make Meethe Chawal
Soaking time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

1 cup Rice ( I use Daawat Basmati rice)
2 ½ cup water
2 tbsp Ghee
1/8 tsp turmeric ( Optional for uniform yellow color)
1 cup sugar ( My family likes it on sweet side. You can start with a little less quantity and then add according to your taste.)
few strands of saffron
¼ tsp cardamom/ elaichi powder
2 tbsp dessicated coconut powder ( Narial burada)
2 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp raisins

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 To make Meethe Chawal
Wash the rice and soak in water for ½ hour.

ghee         haldi

Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat the ghee. Add turmeric in hot ghee. Add rice and 1 ½ cup of water to the pan cover and let it cook on low flame for some time.
sugar water saffron
In a bowl add rest of the water, sugar and saffron and mix so that all the sugar is dissolved.

rice       add water

When rice is almost cooked add the sugar mixture and raisins to the rice and cover again. Let it cook for 5 more minutes or until rice is fully done.

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Spread slivered almonds and coconut powder on top, switch off the flame and leave them covered for some time. Do not mix rice at this stage. Wait for some time so that rice is set. If your rice seems too soft to serve leave them uncovered for 5 minutes.

Mix and serve hot.
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5 Responses to Meethe Chawal

  1. swati says:

    Thanks nidhi….my husband is suffering from jaundice…..n this will help me give him a Gud taste in food……

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Swati. I am sure you already know but would still like to mention to avoid ghee and dessicated coconut in the recipe as they are to be avoided in jaundice.

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  3. Swapna says:

    My husband’s grandma used to make amazing meethe chawal and your post has reminded me of that. I will definitely try to make this one for my hubby cos his grandmom passed away a few years back and he used to love her meethe chawal. Thanks for this Nidhi!
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