Meethe Chawal is a sweet rice dish made with long-grained basmati rice.
The festive fervour is proof that Vasant Panchami is almost here and we can’t keep calm. The nip in the air is already dipping low and we can finally feel the spring breeze blowing. Being one of the most cherished Indian festivals, Vasant Panchami is celebrated in different ways around the country. The delectable array of festive food served during this time, however, is the most loved aspect of Vasant Panchami.
This festival comes with an assortment of signature delicacies - from the Maratha sheera to the Bengali rajbhog, Vasant Panchami food is diverse and delicious to the core. Among these, rice dishes are usually the most talked about. Be it Bengali khichuri, meethe chawal or kheer, this time of the year is all about the myriad rice delicacies.
Loved for its bright yellow colour and sweet taste, meethe chawal is a must-have dish on Vasant Panchami. It is made with long-grained basmati rice. Are you also planning to make some meethe chawal this time around? Here are some tips you need to keep in mind:
1. Use the long-grained basmati rice, as it’s more fragrant and flavoursome than the rest. Moreover, it also enhances the look of the dish.
2. Roast the nuts and dry fruits in ghee on low/medium flame to prevent them from burning.
3. Add cardamom pods and cloves to the ghee and roast them first instead of adding them at the end. This will help to bring out the authentic taste.
4. To get the gorgeous yellow colour, add a pinch of orange food colour along with saffron strands to the chawal.
5. Keep stirring the chawal from time to time to prevent them from burning.
6. Cook until the rice is just cooked.
We hope these tips will help you relish a delicious plate of meethe chawal this Vasant Panchami. Also, don’t forget to try the other signature delicacies.