Shole Zard….Saffron infused rice pudding

I was asked if I would be willing to make a dessert for four foreign exchange students that are taking a private ski lesson tomorrow. I could have made cookies or cupcakes as I have been doing lately, but instead I thought I would go out of my norm and try something I remember eating as a young child. (never liked it very much-but it was a favorite with adults) It will also transport well in the vehicle they are taking up to the mountain.

As the title says it is Saffron infused rice pudding with rose water, slivered almonds, cardamon, cinnamon, basmati rice, saffron. I looked at many recipes and landed on this one to make from

Serves 12
1 cup rice –I use basmati but any rice will do
7 cups water
1 ½ cup sugar
5 tblsp butter
½ cup slivered almonds
½ tsp saffron dissolved in some boiling water
1 tsp cardamom powder
½ cup rose water
Candied Orange peel
Edible rose pedals
Wash the rice with cold water several times. Until the water is clear.
In a heavy bottom pot, add the rice and 5 cups water. Bring to a boil.
It is recommended that you skim the foam off the top as it rises.
Cover and let it simmer on medium heat for about a half hour.
Once the rice has softened, add 2 more cups of water and the sugar.
Cover and cook for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the sugary rice is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Add the almonds, saffron water, butter, cardamom powder, and rose water.
Mix and cover on low heat for another half hour.
Check to see if it has become thick.
Remove lid and on low heat cook until the mixture becomes pudding-like.
At this point, you can ladle some either into individual heat resistance dishes or into a larger serving dish.
Cool in fridge and serve cold.

I didn’t include the edible rose pedals, and I didn’t stir occasionally enough because the rice ended up sticking and somewhat burning to the bottom of the pot. So I tasted and then ladeled the unburned portion into a transportable container. As I tasted….I realized it wasn’t as bad as I remembered, but still not a fan of rose water for flavoring. I also think it would have helped to add some salt to this dish, so it just didn’t all transform into sugar in your mouth. Other than that it had a nice flavor and there is nothing more comforting to me than the smell of Saffron and Basmati Rice….triggers good memories in my mind.





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3 Responses to Shole Zard….Saffron infused rice pudding

  1. Ooh this looks lovely. Can I Pininterest it?


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