Vasant Panchmi Special: Meethe Chawal (Sweet Rice)
Vasant Panchmi marks goodbye to winters and welcomes the vibrant Spring season.
Lovely festival of Vasant Panchmi symbolises liveliness….brilliance of nature….when flowers are in full bloom spreading joy and happiness.
This is the day to worship Goddess of wisdom, intellect and learning… Goddess Saraswati.
On the auspicious day of Vasant Panchmi, I pray to Goddess Saraswati that the desire of learning continues to simmer in all of us throughout our lives. May we keep enriching ourself by learning something or the other, irrespective of our age.
Let us offer Meethe chawal (sweet rice) to Maa Saraswati and seek her Blessings.
Preparation time: 1/2 hour
Cooking time: 1/2 hour
Serves: 2 to 3
1/2 Cup Rice (Uncooked )
2 Cup Boiled Rice
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tbsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
2 pieces Clove (Laung)
1/4″ Cinnamon stick ( Dalchini )
1 Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi)
2 or 3 tsp Milk
3-4 Strands Saffron (kesar)
A pinch Yellow colour (optional)
1 Tbsp Roasted and Slivered almonds, cashews (optional)
1 Tbsp Raisins, Chopped Pistachio ( optional)
1 Tbsp Desiccated coconut ( optional )
To Boil Rice
1. Soak rice for an hour or so.
2. Take 4 cups water in a vessel, add clove, cardamom and cinnamon stick and put it to boil, when the water starts boiling add soaked and drained rice.
4. Simmer the gas and let the rice cook. After 8-10 minutes, when the rice gets boiled, strain it by putting it in a colander.
5. Remove whole spices from the rice.
For Sweet Rice
1. Take milk in a cup, add saffron and muddle it to extract the beautiful yellow colour of saffron. Keep it aside.
2. Take boiled rice in a pan.
3. Add sugar, clarified butter, yellow colour and saffron milk mixture to the boiled rice. Toss very lightly, cover and leave for 5-7 minutes.
4. During this time, sugar will dissolve and also saffron mixture will impart it’s lovely colour to the rice and you will have lovely sweet rice but watery.
5. Cover and cook on sim gas for 10-15 minutes till water evaporates and rice becomes dry. 6. Garnish this with roasted slivered almonds, cashews, pistachio etc. and desiccated coconut. Offer it to Goddess Saraswati. Serve with pleasure.
1. If using boiled rice, then skip the steps to boil rice. Add sugar etc to the boiled rice while the rice is hot.
In a Jiffy
Add sugar, saffron milk, yellow colour and clarified butter to boiled rice. Cover and cook on sim gas till water evaporates and rice becomes dry.
Use jaggery powder in place of sugar.
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