Elevate Your Cheti Chand Celebration With Tairi, The Quintessential Sindhi Sweet Rice Dish; Recipe Inside

Discover the essence of Sindhi heritage through this delectable recipe.

by Mallika Khurana
Elevate Your Cheti Chand Celebration With Tairi, The Quintessential Sindhi Sweet Rice Dish; Recipe Inside

Tairi, also known as Sindhi Sweet Rice, holds a special significance in Sindhi cuisine, particularly during the celebration of Cheti Chand, which marks the beginning of the Sindhi New Year. This dish is deeply ingrained in Sindhi culture and is often prepared as part of the festivities. This dish is not only cherished for its delicious taste but also for its cultural and religious significance. It is believed that preparing and consuming Tairi during Cheti Chand brings blessings and good fortune for the year ahead.

Tairi, The Flavourful Symbol Of Cheti Chand

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Tairi is distinct from other sweet rice dishes due to its unique blend of flavours and ingredients. It typically includes aromatic spices such as cardamom, saffron, and cloves, which infuse the rice with a rich and fragrant aroma. Additionally, it incorporates ingredients like ghee, sugar, and dry fruits such as almonds, cashews, and raisins, which add sweetness and texture to the dish.

One of the defining features of Tairi is its creamy and luscious texture, achieved by cooking the rice in milk instead of water. This results in a velvety smoothness that enhances the overall taste experience. The saffron-infused milk gives the rice a vibrant yellow hue, adding to its visual appeal.

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Here’s a traditional recipe for making Tairi:


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • A pinch of saffron strands
  • 2 tablespoons ghee 
  • A handful of mixed dry fruits, chopped
  • Slivered almonds and pistachios for garnish


  1. Wash the basmati rice under running water until the water runs clear. 
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan or a pot, bring the milk to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the milk comes to a boil, add the soaked and drained rice to the pot.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and let the rice simmer in the milk, until the rice is cooked and the milk has thickened.
  5. While the rice is cooking, dissolve the saffron strands in a tablespoon of warm milk and set aside.
  6. In a separate pan, heat ghee over low heat. Add the crushed cardamom pods and sauté for a few seconds.
  7. Add the chopped dry fruits to the ghee and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  8. Once the rice is cooked and the milk has thickened, add the sugar and saffron milk to the pot. Stir until the sugar is dissolved completely.
  9. Cook the rice for another 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens further and attains a creamy consistency.
  10. Once the Tairi is ready, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a serving dish. Garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios.
  11. Serve Tairi warm or chilled, as desired. 

Tairi is not just a culinary delight but also a symbol of tradition, culture, and community for the Sindhi people.

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