Sunday, December 3

Sweet Rice/Jardoh

Cooking with Bibi Aysha

Cooking with Bibi Aysha
Date: 16 Nov 2023
Recipe of the week: Sweet Rice/Jardoh

Bibi Aysha Laher’s mum’s recipe

There are 3 steps to this recipe

Ingredients for preparation of the rice
-2 cups basmati rice, washed
-5 cups water
-1tsp turmeric powder

1. Boil water in a medium-sized pot, then add the rice & turmeric powder.
2. Lower heat & cook until the rice is light & fluffy. Remove from heat & leave aside.

Ingredients for the syrup:
-1 or 1 and a half cup of white sugar
-1 cup of water

1. Boil the water & sugar until a slightly thick syrup forms. Leave aside.

Ingredients for the garnish/extras
-2 tables of ghee
– 3 medium-sized cinnamon sticks
– 3 cardomom pods, slightly cracked
– 3 dates, depitted & cut into quarters
– handful of raisins or sultanas

1. Melt the ghee over medium heat in a pan.
2. Add the cinnamon sticks, cardomom pods, dates & and raisins, and flash fry until tender. Leave aside.

Add the syrup and garnish into the cooked rice and allow to steam over lower heat. Add water if the rice is hard, but ensure the sweet yellow rice does not become mushy. Serve in a large bowl. Garnish with pecan halves, almond slivers & chopped dates and enjoy!

Instead of dates & raisins/sultanas, you can add glaced red & green cherries into the rice before serving. You can also add chopped, multi colored almonds or flash fried pineapple chunks to give your sweet rice a tropical twist.

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