Persian Saffron Rice Pudding

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It is traditionally served on the occasion of festivals such as Ramazan.It is often vowed to cook it to achieve a wish, and when it is achieved, it is spread among others.  Sholeh Zard is one of the most popular Persian desserts whose main ingredients are rice, sugar, and saffron. It is better to use half-grain rice in the Sholeh Zard recipe.

Shole Zard Recipe


  • 1 cup rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 50 g Butter
  • 1/2 cup bloomed saffron
  • 1/2 cup rosewater
  • cinnamon and slivered pistachios for topping


Step 1

Wash the rice with cold water a couple of times and let it soak with 3 cups of water overnight.

Step 2

Pour 6 cups of water into the pot and put it on the heat and bring it to boil.

Step 3

Then add the rice and stir to boil. Remove the foam with a spatula and stir the rice regularly so that it does not settle.

Step 4

Do not add sugar until rice falls apart.  Turn down the heat to cook the rice. Depending on the type of rice, this step may take half an hour to 1 hour.

Step 5

Then add sugar and stir.

Step 6

Brew ground saffron with two or three tablespoons of boiling water and add it to the rest of the ingredients.

Step 7

Once the sugar is dissolved, add the slivered almonds to the Shole Zard. Stir well to thicken. Finally, add the butter and stir to melt.

Step 8

Turn down the heat add rose water and put the lid on the pot for 10 - 15 minutes.

Step 9

After 15 minutes,  remove from heat,  ladle into bowls, and top Shole Zard with ground cinnamon, almond, and pistachios and let it cool.



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