ZARDA (Sweet Orange Rice - India)
1 C. Basmati rice
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. food color
4 1/2 C. water
2 T. ghee
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. rosewater essence
1/4 C. cottage cheese
1/4 C. cashews nuts, chopped
Bring 4 cups water to boil in a saucepan. Add food color. Add
rice to boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes or until rice is cooked.
Drain rice in a colander.
Heat butter in a saucepan. Add water, sugar, cinnamon sticks
and cardamom and cook for 3 minutes. Add cooked rice and
rose water essence. Mix together and bake in a preheated 350ÂºF
oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cottage cheese and nuts.
Serve hot or cold as a dessert.