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Persian Saffron Rice Pudding (Sholeh-Zard)

A Persian dessert with saffron and rose water flavor, hand decorated with almonds, cinnamon, and pistachios can easily be a different experience of taste from other time and place.


1.     1 1/2 cup basmati rice, uncooked

2.     8 cup water

3.     1/4 tsp salt

4.     3 cup granulated sugar

5.     1/4 tsp saffron, crushed

6.     2 TBS water, hot

7.     1/4 cup butter, unsalted, melted

8.     4 TBS almond slivers

9.     1 tsp cardamom, ground

10.  1/4 cup rose water

11.  1 tsp cinnamon, ground

12.  2 TBS pistachios, (optional)


1.     1 1/2 cup basmati rice , uncooked

o   Gently wash the rice by stirring the rice in the water with your hand. This helps wash some of the starch and grit out. Pour out the water and repeat two more times.

2.     Drain washed rice and place in a 5-quart non-stick pot with:

o   8 cup water

o   1/4 tsp salt

o   Bring it to a boil, skimming the white foam from the surface as it forms.

o   Cover and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes or until rice is completely soft.

3.     Stir in:

o   3 cup granulated sugar

o   Cook for 20 more minutes, stirring constantly.

4.     While rice is cooking, combine in a small bowl and reserve:

o   1/4 tsp saffron , crushed

o   2 TBS water , hot

5.     After rice has cooked for 20 mins, add saffron and:

o   1/4 cup butter, unsalted , melted

o   2 TBS almond slivers

o   1 tsp cardamom, ground

o   1/4 cup rose water

6.     Cover and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture has thickened to a pudding.

7.     Pour saffron pudding into a shallow serving dish or spoon into individual serving bowls.

8.     Garnish with:

o   1 tsp cinnamon, ground

o   2 TBS almond slivers , (optional)

o   2 TBS pistachios , (optional)

9.     Chill in refrigerator until set, about 2 hours.

10.  Serve cold.


Recipe and Picture by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


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