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Persian Saffron Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard)

Sholeh Zard (Saffron rice pudding) is a traditional Persian sweet dish that is made of Basmati rice, sugar,almond, saffron and rosewater. It is garnished with a dash of cinnamon, pistachios and almonds.

Sholeh Zard

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Sholeh Zard

Persian saffron Rice Pudding


2 cups Basmati rice

10 cups water

100g butter

2-4 cups sugar

1/3 cup Almond powder

Prepared saffron water (some saffron threads soaked in 1/3 cup hot water).

2 teaspoons ground cardamom(optional).

1 TableSpoon of rose water

Toppings: • Almonds • Pistachios Coconut Cinnamon


-Soak rice for 1 hour in hot water.

-Bring 10 cups of water to a boil, drain rice and it to water. And Remove starch Keep stirring rice to avoid sticking.

-Blend rice once cooked with food processor stick .

-Add butter and sugar, continue stirring and blend again for maximum smoothness.

-Add almond powder,saffron water, and ground cardamom. Stir until evenly mixed.

-Add water if needed to thin the pudding.

-Pour in small bowls and garnish with coconut,almonds and ground pistachios as desired .

Bon Appétit :)

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