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Persian saffron rice pudding ( Sholeh zard)

Saffron rice pudding is called ‘ Sholeh zard’ in Farsi language. An exotic dessert from Persia.
Name of Sholeh zard describes texture and colour of the dessert. It is an aromatic, delicious and traditional Persian dessert with beautiful golden colour that takes this colour from saffron and garnished with cinnamon, pistachio and almonds.
Sholeh zard usually served during special occasions such as Ramadan.
It is made with white rice, rose water, saffron, sugar, nuts such as pistachios and almonds and spices.
In my childhood, my mother used to cook it in a big pot and then share this delicious and fragrant pudding with our neighbours and family members.


Persian Saffron rice pudding

1 cup rice
9 cups water
1 1/5 cups sugar
¼ cup rose water
3 TBSP saffron water
1 Tsp cardamom
½ cup silvered or flaked almonds
For garnishing
Silvered almonds
Ground Cinnamon


Wash the rice in cold water and drain it. Bring the water to a boil and cook the rice at a medium heat until tender.


It would take about 30 minutes. After half an hour, add sugar to the rice and cook for another 30 minutes until become dense. Stir the rice occasionally.

After 30 minutes, add saffron water, rose water, cardamom and silvered/flaked almonds to the rice.

Gently mix. Leave the rice to cook on low heat for final 20-30 minutes.

Once pudding is ready, garnish with slivered almonds and ground cinnamon and served chilled.

شله زرد
یکی از دسرهای سنتی ایرانی هست که در موقعیت های خاص از جمله ماه مبارک رمضان تهیه میشه. شله زرد یک دسر خوشمزه –خوش عطر و بو و خوشرنگ و منحصر به فردی هست که رنگ زیباش رو از زعفران میگیره.شله زرد در زبان آذری ” ساری شیله”نام دارد. نام این دسر معرف رنگ و بافت اون هست. شیله/شله بافت آن را مشخص می کند و ساری/زرد رنگ آن را.
شله زرد با برنج سفید- شکر-زعفران-گلاب- بادام خلالی و دارچین و هل تهیه میشه.

مواد لازم
1 پیمانه برنج
9 پیمانه آب
یک پیمانه و نیم شکر
¼ پیمانه گلاب
3 ق غ آب زعفران
1 ق چ پودر هل
½ پیمانه خلال بادام
مواد لازم برای تزیین
1 ق چ پودر دارچین
خلال بادام و پسته


طرز تهیه
برنج را بشویید. آب را بجوش آورید و برنج را برای نیم ساعت روی حرارت ملایم بپزید تا برنج نرم شود. بعد از 30 دقیقه شکر را به برنج در حال پخت بیفزایید و برای نیم ساعت دوم بپزید تا برنج غلیظ شود. گهگاهی برنج را هم بزنید تا ته نگیرد.
سپس آب زعفران- گلاب- هل و خلال بادام را اضافه کنید و به آرامی همه ی مواد را هم بزنید.
و برای 30-20 دقیقه ی دیگر روی حرارت ملایم بگذارید بپزد. در این مرحله شله زرد غلیظ شده است.
شله زرد را در ظرف های مورد نظر سرو کنید و رویش را با بادام- پسته و دارچین تزیین کنید – شله زرد معمولن به صورت سرد سرو می شود.



Hello everyone, my name is Rozina. I am Iranian with Azerbaijani roots. I was raised in Iran but I am living in Scotland. I am passionate about cooking and preparing meals for my family and friends. I tell them the story behind the meal, the pronunciation of their Iranian name and the spices that used in Persian cuisine. I am an archaeologist, photographer, a cooking teacher, and very interested to introduce Persian and Azerbaijani meals, desserts and beverages to people from different cultures, as I love to try food from all over the world. Iranian cuisine is a combination of rice with meat ( chicken, beef, lamb, fish, turkey), nuts, fruits, dried and fresh herbs and vegetables. Iranian food is a celebration of flavor, colour and spices such as: saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, dried rose petals, dried limes, cumin, .... I share my recipes in Farsi/English along with step by step photos of preparation. I take all my own pictures. I have learned my traditional Persian and Azerbaijani recipes from my lovely mother, and she has learned from her mother. Over the years, I have experimented and learned more recipes. Some of my recipes are a fusion Western and Middle Eastern cuisine. Some are forgotten from Persian cooking tables and I try with posting and sharing those ones, to preserve them. All my recipes and pictures are property of rozinaspersiankitchen. I would be pleased if you would mention my site if you wish to use any of them. So, if you are interested to know about Persian /Azerbaijani food taste, you can try my website. I will be glad to hear your ideas about my recipes. :) Thank you for visiting my website.

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