Meethe chawal is a traditional sweet dish, which is made on auspicious occasions like weddings and on the festivals like basant panchami or on annakut after Diwali (along with other delicacies meethe chawal is also made).
Meethe chawal is prepared by combining simple ingredients like basmati rice, cloves, cardamom, kesar, dry fruits and sugar. Cloves and cardamom add a nice aroma, kesar gives it nice, pleasant colour along with a mild flavour, dry fruits add a nutty taste and sugar adds the sweetness to this mouthwatering delicious meethe chawal.
Making this traditional meethe chawal in a pressure cooker is very simple and easy, even those who have just started learning to cook can also make this dish very easily.
Ingredients – Serves 3-4:
Basmati rice – 1 + 1/2 cup
Desi ghee – 2tbsp
Cloves (laung) – 2
Cardamom powder – 1/4tsp
Green cardamom – 1
Almonds (badam) – 8 to 10
Pistachios (pista) – 8 to 10
Cashewnuts( kaju) – 8 to 10
Raisin ( kismish) – 20 to 25
Grated dry coconut – 1 tbsp
Saffron threads – 10 to 12
Milk – 1tsp
Sugar – 1cup
Water – 2cup
- Rinse rice in water for 4 to 5 times, then soak for 15 to 10 minutes.
- Soak badam and pista.
- Chop badam, pista and kaju; grate dry coconut and soak kesar in milk for 5 minutes then crush it.
- Heat desi ghee in cooker, add cloves and cardamom, sauté them for a few seconds. Now add chopped badam, pista and kaju and continue to sauté these ingredients for a few seconds.
- Switch offthe flame, take out few dry fruits for garnishing. Add grated coconut to the rest of the dry fruits and sauté.
- Add rice to this mixture and mix everything gently until each grain is coated with ghee.
- Add kesar, cardamom powder, sugar and water, stir it. Add some kismish and keep some aside for garnishing. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook on medium flame until one whistle, switch off the flame and allow the cooker to cool.
- Dish out meethe chawal in a serving bowl and garnish with dry fruits.
1. Instead of kesar, you can add a pinch of yellow food colour.
2. To make one cup rice, we usually add two cups of water, but when we make meethe chawal in a pressure cooker, quantity of water is decreased because sugar melts into a syrup.