Persian Yellow Pudding the Sweet Sense of Life

  December 18, 2023   Read time 2 min
Persian Yellow Pudding the Sweet Sense of Life
Making Sholeh Zard has become a kind of Iranian subculture and is sometimes associated with special ceremonies. This delicious Iranian dessert is mainly prepared on special religious occasions.

The value of Sholeh Zard for Iranians is more than a simple dessert, and some tourists even refer to it as Nazri. Sholeh Zard is made of rice, rosewater, water, saffron, and sugar; The taste and aroma of Sholeh Zard have made it one of the famous traditional Iranian desserts at parties and various occasions, and of course, it has a high nutritional value. This dessert is often served with cinnamon and sliced ​​almonds or pistachios, and sometimes cardamom is also used in its original aromatic composition.

Shole Zard is a Persian pudding. It is said to be originated from Kermanshah but it has found its way throughout the whole country. Nowadays Shole Zard is known and served in every city in Iran.

This pudding is high on nutritional values. Because of the saffron, Shole Zard can be a mood and energy booster. Rice is also a good source of vitamins and fibers.

Shole Zard is a great choice for Nazri. In many religious ceremonies, Shole Zard is served. Therefore it is usually designed with Islamic patterns or the names of Shia Imams.

Shole Zard is also very popular during Ramadan as Iftar, the meal by which Muslims break their fast.


The main ingredients for Persian saffron rice pudding are rice, saffron, and rosewater. The rice should be capable of absorbing enough water to turn into a mushy form. Although whole grains of rice can be good too, Iranians usually use broken rice to make Shole Zard.

Saffron gives Shole Zard its stunning color. The best way to prepare the bloomed saffron is by adding icy water to the crushed saffron and letting it aside for about half an hour or until the ice is melted.

Cinnamon and nuts are used to garnish Shole Zard, this is to balance the cold nature of rice.

he method is very simple yet a bit time-consuming.

To make Persian saffron rice pudding, you should let the uncooked rice soak in water for several hours. Then put it on medium heat and let it bake until it gets mushy. This can take about an hour. If the water is fully evaporated, you can add water. Then add sugar.

Add butter and rosewater. You can add almond slices and powdered cardamom at this step.

Your meal is ready! You can garnish it with powdered cinnamon, rose petals, and nuts slices.

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