Sweet rice (meetha chawal): Try this simple version of the famous meetha chawal. You do not need to prepare syrup for this version of sweet rice, since the rice and sugar are cooked together. With the addition of saffron, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves, a sweet and spicy aroma fills the whole house, igniting everyone’s appetite!

Preparation Time: 5 mins   
Cooking Time: 6 mins   
Total Time: 11 mins     
Makes 6 servings


7 cups cooked rice (chawal)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tbsp ghee
50 cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
2 pinches of saffron (kesar) strands dissolved in 2 tbsp warm milk
a few drops of saffron colour

For The Garnish
1 tsp almond (badam) slivers
1 tsp pistachio slivers


  1. Combine rice and sugar in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large non-stick pan, add the cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves and sauté over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the rice-sugar mixture and mix well. Combine the saffron-milk mixture and the saffron color in a small bowl and mix well.
  4. Add this saffron mixture to the rice, mix well and cook over low heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sugar melts completely, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve hot garnished with almond and pistachio shavings.

Nutrition Value

Value per serving % Daily Values
Energy 493 cal 25%
Protein 4.5 g 8%
Carbohydrates 98.2 g 33%
Fiber 2.7 g 11%
Fat 9 g 14%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamin A 78 mcg 2%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0 mg 0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0 mg 0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1.3 mg 11%
Vitamin C 0 mg 0%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 5.3 mcg 3%
Calcium 6.7 mg 1%
Iron 0.5 mg 2%
Magnesium 59.8 mg 17%
Phosphorus 106.4 mg 18%
Sodium 4.7 mg 0%
Potassium 51.2 mg 1%
Zinc 0.9 mg 9%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.