Gujarati Biraj Recipe - Saffron Flavored Sweet Lentil Rice With Dry Fruits & Coconut
Gujarati Biraj Recipe is a rich rice preparation made with the goodness of dry fruits and coconuts. The chana dal added to the dish adds a bite to the dish.
Gujarati Biraj Recipe is essentially rice cooked along with fresh coconut, bengal gram and dry fruits is truly a taste enhancer and makes a perfect dessert.
Although Gujarati’s enjoy the Biraj - sweetened rice along with their main course, I like to savor it towards the end of the meal to get the perfect after taste of the spices, nuts and coconut.
Serve the Gujarati Biraj along with hot Gujarati Kadhi and Desi Kala Chana Curry.
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- 1 cup Basmati rice
- 1/2 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
- 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi) , freshly pounded
- 3 Saffron strands
- 2 tablespoons Whole Almonds (Badam) , thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons Pistachios , thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons Cashew nuts , thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons Sultana Raisins
- 4 tablespoons Ghee
How to make Gujarati Biraj Recipe - Saffron Flavored Sweet Lentil Rice With Dry Fruits & Coconut
To begin making the Gujarati Biraj Recipe, wash and soak the rice and dal in 3 cups of water for an hour.
Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a small pan on medium heat; add the nuts and sauté them until well roasted. Keep aside.
Heat 3 tablespoons ghee on medium heat; add the soaked rice and chana dal along with the water it was soaked in, cardamom powder, saffron and sugar. Stir well, until the sugar is dissolved.
Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer until the rice and gram dal is cooked and the water is fully absorbed. Once the water is fully absorbed and the rice and chana dal are cooked turn off the heat.
Allow the Biraj to rest for 15 minutes. Finally stir in the freshly grated coconut, roasted nuts and raisins. Serve the Gujarati Biraj along with hot Gujarati Kadhi and Desi Kala Chana Curry.