A VERY HAPPY MAHASHIVRATRI to all my blogger friends...Since its the occasion of mahashivratri i decided to post a very famous sweet dish recipe.Its " Sakhar bhath" means sweet rice.Its consists of sweetened rice flavoured with saffron(Kesar) and dryfruits.Its one of the most common and sweet dish prepared here for any special occasions.Its also very easy to prepare it.I love this dish so i do not need any special occasion to prepare and enjoy it...:-))...There are many different ways to prepare this sakhar bhath ( all methods are almost same, they differ only a little) but i like this method.I learnt it from my mom.So like some of the other recipes in my blog, this is also my moms recipe and i just love it.
2 cups basmati rice
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup pure ghee(desi ghee)
1/2 cup raisins
10-15 whole cashewnuts
1/2 cup almonds chopped
1/2 cup chopped cashewnuts
few saffron stands(kesar)
pinch of orange colour
1/4 cup milk
1 table spoon saffron-elaichi syrup(optional)
1 tea spoon cardamom powder
1/2 tea spoon salt
Wash the basmati rice in water and drain it.Spread it on a muslin cloth to dry for 20-15 mins.Heat little pure ghee in a kadai and fry the whole cashewnuts till golden brown and keep them aside.This fried cashewnuts give a very good taste when served.Soak saffron strands in milk and keep aside.
Now in that same kadai add all the ghee and when it heats up add the cloves.Saute them for 2 mins and then add the dried basmati rice and saute it on medium flame for 4-5 mins.add the chopped cashewnuts, almonds and raisins ans saute for more 1-2 mins.Heat 4-5 cups of water simultaneously.Sauting rice is very important as it results in non sticky sakhar bhath.
When the rice gets sauted well add the hot water in it.Normally twice amount of water is added, but here little more is required, generally 2 n 1/2 times more water but u adjust it accordingly.Add salt and stir it well. Add the pinch of orange colour to the milk and saffron mixture and add to the cooking rice.Give a nice stir and close it.Let the rice get cooked on low flame.When the rice is half cooked you can add kesar-elaichi syrup n stir and continue its cooking.
Check in between if all the water of the rice has got dried, if its dried and rice is not fully cooked then add little more hot water and let the rice get cooked.when the rice is fully cooked then add the sugar and give a stir.Do not stir to much as the rice tends to break.You can add more or less sugar according to your taste, but this is the standard measurement.Do not add sugar before the rice gets fully cooked or else the rice will become hard and sakharbhath wont taste good.
Now after adding sugar the sugar will melt, so let it get cooked on low flame.When the liquified sugar coats the rice and almost dries up add the cardamom powder.Remove it from flame and keep it open for some time.
Garnish with fried cashewnuts and serve.I have used rice mould to give it shape so you cannot see the lose rice granules.Remove the cloves while serving.
NOTE: Use of basmati rice is highyl recommended here as it gives a nice taste and flavour to the rice, but you can even use normal rice.
Using pure ghee/desi ghee gives a nice taste to the whole rice, but if you do not like it you can replace it with normal ghee.
Preparation Time: 25 mins