Meethe Rice/Saffron Flavored Sweet Rice-Punjabi Style Meethe Rice

26 Jan, 2018
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  • Servings : 3 servings
  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min

Saffron Sweet Rice/Meethe Chawal: Meethe Chawal (sweet Rice) is delicately flavored rice dish, infused with cardamom powder, spices, saffron, and kewra or Rose essence. This is traditionally Punjabi dessert prepared during Basant Panchami.

Basant Panchami is a festival to celebrate the birthday of Saraswati:- Goddess of knowledge, Art, and learning. Basant Panchami always celebrates on the fifth day of Magh month (Lunar calendar). On this day, people usually wear yellow color clothes and have yellow color food. To celebrate Basant Panchami here at home, I prepared Saffron flavored sweet rice.

Recipe: In this recipe, parboiled rice cooked with sugar syrup and few spices like big cardamom, Cloves, cinnamon sticks, green cardamom powder, and saffron. These spices make the rice more flavorful and aromatic. Adding dry fruits (nuts) while serving the rice make it tastier and eye appealing.


  • Rice ½ cup
    Ghee/Clarified butter 2 tbsp.
    Cloves 2
    Big Cardamom 1
    Cinnamon Stick ¼’’
    Sugar 1/3 cup
    Saffron 8-10 strands
    Milk 1 tbsp
    Almond 3-4 pieces
    Cashew 3-4
    Raisin 7-8
    Cardamom Powder ¼ tsp
    Kewra Essence or Ross water few drops (optional)


Step 1

Rinse the basmati rice 2-3 time under running water and soak it for 15 min. Heat 1 ¾ cup of water in the saucepan and cook the rice over medium to low flame.

Step 2

Once rice is cooked almost 90% (parboiled) normally it takes 7-8 min. Then switched off the flame. Transfer the rice in the colander to strain all extra water and keep it aside. Crush the saffron in mortar and pestle, stir it with milk and keep it aside.

Step 3

Heat the saucepan over a low flame and add Clarified butter. Once the oil is hot - add clove, big cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Saute it for few seconds and then add sugar and ¼ cup of water.

Step 4

Let it come to boil then add dissolve saffron. Cook it for 30 secs Once sugar is dissolved completely. Add boiled rice and cardamom powder.

Step 5

Mix it gently until each grain of rice covered with saffron and sugar syrup. Cover the rice and lower the flame. Cooked it another 5 min or until all the moisture absorbed. Switched off the flame and add sliced cashew, almond, and raisins.

Serve these sweet rice as prasadam after puja (prayer) or dessert after the meal.


1. For variation, you can add rose water, Orange juice, kewra or you can make it simple as well. Saffron and spices are enough to give it flavor.

2. With nuts, you can add dry coconut strips as well.

3. Rice (boiling) time depends on the quality of the rice.

4. The quantity of sugar depends upon taste.

5. You can use turmeric powder or yellow color if you don’t have saffron.

If you happen to make it do click pictures and send it to me as a message on my FB page sheljaskitchen or email me at so that I can features it on my facebook page.

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Tags: Saffron, Saffron Rice, Meethe Rice, Basant Panchami, Diwali, Dessert


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