Meethe Chawal (Sweet Pulao Recipe) Recipe

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Meethe Chawal or the sweet pulao is considered one of the most auspicious dishes in Punjabi Cuisine. Desserts made with rice are popular in Punjabi to name few – Kheer, Phirni and this unusual version of savory rice is a specialty prepared on certain festive occasions. Considered a good omen, to combine yellow rice with sugar and serve it as a sacred offering to the deity of the family.

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Servings: 4 bowls


Cost per serving $0.33 view details


  1. Clean, wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes in water.
  2. Dry roast the saffron strands in a small pan for few seconds. Turn off the heat. Add the milk, stir and set aside.
  3. Drain the water from the soaked rice and transfer the rice to a metal colander.
  4. In a large saucepan heat 3 Cups of water. Add cloves, star anise and two cardamoms.
  5. Add drained rice in the saucepan. Stir and cook till the rice is parboiled (halfway cooked through). Turn off the heat. Drain the water from the cooked rice and let it sit on a metal colander.
  6. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom wide skillet.
  7. Fry the sliced dry fruits for 5 - 10 seconds in the ghee and transfer to a bowl.
  8. Add cinnamon and remaining cardamom pods. Fry till the aroma of spices is released.
  9. Next, add the parboiled rice, saffron mixture, sugar, turmeric and 2 tbsp of warm water. Gently mix.
  10. Close the skillet with a tight fitting lid. Allow the rice to cook and absorb the flavor of aromatics at the lowest heat.
  11. Cook the rice this way for 5 - 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. And do not open the lid of the skillet until you are ready to serve the sweet pulao.
  12. Open the lid of the pan, gently fluff the rice using a fork and garnish with sliced dry fruits.
  13. Serve Meethe Chawal warm.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 78g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 334  
Calories from Fat 100 30%
Total Fat 11.18g 14%
Saturated Fat 6.2g 25%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbs 54.55g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 17.01g 11%
Protein 3.96g 6%
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