Ever since i took up the fruit drink/cold drink challenge, life seems to be more fun in kitchen these days. Every minute i keep thinking something new that i can recreate through these fruity drinks. I am simply loving this recipe developer inside me. In continuation to my fruit drink recipe development challenge, today on my blog is Sweet Rice aka Zarda. Zarda is a typical sweet rice dessert from Mughal cuisine, that is often made in Muslim homes specially when there is Biryani in the menu. Saffron colored sweet rice loaded with lots of fried nuts and dry fruits is a delightful dessert.
In this recipe, i gave a sweet and fruity twist to the regular Zarda. Yes, you got me right, i used mango flavored ready made drink for making the sweet syrup and then teemed up with rice and dry fruits to make a sweet and fruity Mango Zarda or Sweet rice. Now isn’t that amazing! I personally like mango flavored dishes and have tried almost many recipes where mango pieces or puree is used as a flavoring agent. But working with soft drinks was a unique experience and trust me the rice tasted simply awesome. It was sweet, yet had a fruit punch and smelled mango…bliss!