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Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Desserts, Eid Special Recipes | 7 comments

Jorda / Zarda / Sweet rice

There are two versions of  Jorda / Zarda, one is pineapple and another one is orange. So in orange Jorda / orange Zarda orange zest, orange juice(optional) and pulp are used . And for pineapple jorda / pineapple Zarda   diced pineapple and pineapple juice(optional) are used. I am giving here basic recipe , with that you can make your desire Jorda / Zarda / Sweet rice.

With love,




• 2 cups Basmati Rice/ Kalijeera / Chinigura

• 1 tablespoon sliced almonds/ Cashew / to your choice

• 1 cup diced pine apple / orange pulp

• 1 and ½ tablespoon orange zest(If your are make orange jorda)

• ½ teaspoon cardamom powder

• 1’’ cinnamon stick

• 3-4 clove

• 1 bay leaf

• 2 cups sugar

• ¼ cup mawa (optional)

• 1/3 cup clarified butter(ghee)

• 1 teaspoon saffron imitation /orange food colour

Also need 100 grams kalojam(Small) / dry fruits / nuts  for garnish .

How to make:

1. Soak the rice in water about 15 minutes and cook the rice with bay leaf, cinnamon stick and food colour. Drain the rice and keep aside.

2. Heat the pan with clarified butter on medium high. Add sugar, clove, cardamom powder and 1/4 cup water. Cook it till sugar is melt.

3. Add cooked rice and orange / pineapple and cook till sugar and rice cooperates together.

4. Add mawa,  sliced nuts and orange zest(If your are make oramge jorda) ; stir it.

5. Turn off the heat and serve chilled Jorda / Zarda / Sweet rice garnish with kalojam / dry fruits / nuts.


1. Cook rice bit over, I mean that  you need bit overcook rice, otherwise your Jorda will be too hard.

2.Instead of water you can use orange juice / pineapple juice to make syrup .



Rownak loves to cook bangladeshi food and share her bengali recipes on her cooking blog. Rownak is determined to introduce all the authentic bangladeshi cuisine to the world and let everyone realise what they were missing out! She is based on sunny Queensland (Gold Coast) in Australia. Rownak writes for a number of bangladeshi cooking blog.

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  1. D…..a…r..u…n….!!!!!!

  2. damm I missed it…looks so yummy and u know I luv sweets…sure it was tasty…keep posting bhabi…and I will try it…means my wife will surely try it for again.

  3. Hi Rownak! Just made jorda following your recipe with a few changes in it since I didn’t have orange. Instead, I used lemon zest n that’s why I used yellow color. Tasted it n I thought you deserve to know it. It turned delicious. Just awesome. I tried your mishty doi as well. I love it. This lemon flavored jorda is sooo cool you gotta have to try it once. It’s different(in a good way of course). I’m satisfied and so amazed. Thanks to you! We need to hold on to our culture since we live outside the country. I hope my husband likes it when he comes home from work. 🙂

    • Thanks Tabassum. Lemon is one of my favourite flavour. I will definitely try. I love when people share tips and tricks. I am sure that your hubby will love it because being creativity is the must quality of a good cook.

  4. So good.Thanks for the sharing recipes.

  5. Will u kindly tell me what is food colour pineapple or orange & how to make it… Can i get this ready made in shop??? Explain in elaborately ..

    • I used here saffron imitation which is orange food colour. I live in Australia, saffron imitation is easy to get in any supermarket. If you are in Bangladesh you can ask jorda colour (জাফরান রঙ) in any big grocery. If you cant find it, you can mix yellow and red food to get your desire colour. Hope it will help. Thanks

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