One-Pot Wonders

Jorda -Bengali Sweet Rice

March 28, 2012
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Photo by Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Jorda is a sweet and fragrant rice-based dessert that is often found in Bangladeshi festive meals. You will find Jorda around for weddings or festive Eid celebratory meals.
Jorda, tends to be bright orange in color, through the addition of orange color. In my recipe, I double up the number of oranges used and used saffron to come up with a recipe that is a little more subdued in color but every bit as flavorful.
The oranges in this recipe are first zested and then peeled and coarsely chopped, with any seeds or white pithy parts removed.
My addition is just adding a smidge of coconut milk to add a touch of richness without cluttering the bright flavors of the recipe. This recipe can very easily be finished in the instant pot. For more details about the recipe, you can visit, —Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • zest and sections of two oranges
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • few piece cinnamon (1 large stick broken)
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1/3 cup bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons dark raisins or dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts such as almonds and cashews
  1. Place a heavy bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid on the stove. Turn on medium head. Add in the ghee. Melt the ghee and stir the rice lightly to coat.
  2. Add in the orange zest and segments. Add in the sugar and stir well.
  3. Add in the cinnamon, black cardamom, green cardamom and the bay leaf with the saffron strands and coconut milk. Add in 1 and 1/2 cups of water and bring to a simmer.
  4. .Cover the pot, lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 10 minutes. Remove the cover. Fluff the rice. Garnish with the nuts
  5. Serve this warm or chilled.
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AntoniaJames March 28, 2012
Love it! Sounds wonderfully delicious, as well as so good for you. Thanks for posting this! ;o) P.S. I could see some shreds of orange zest or perhaps some toasted coconut stirred in at the end. . . or maybe subbing a few almonds for the cashews . . . or perhaps adding a bay leaf . . . oh, the possibilities seem endless! ;o)