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2 hrs 10 mins
1 hr 30 mins
This beautiful traditional Persian dessert is now a favorite of ours. This version is not overly sweet. Saffron, one of the most precious and most expensive spices in the world gives this pudding it's beautiful golden colour and rewarding flavour. Recipe by Nahal Lovessert, modified from http://www.lovescool.com. I never would have imagined a rice pudding without milk could be so good!
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- 1 cup white basmati rice
- 10 cups water, divided
- 1 cup white sugar (I use a bit less and add to taste, the fun part! lol)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup rose water
- 2 teaspoons powdered saffron (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons blanched slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons ground pistachios (garnish, it looks beautiful and tastes good with it)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (garnish)
- 1Wash rice. Rinse and drain the rice several times until the water runs clear. Add the rice to a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
- 2Add 8 cups of water to the pot and partially cover with a lid. Bring the rice to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming the foam off the top.
- 3Put saffron into 2 tbs warm water and set aside.
- 4Once rice is soft and boiling (approximately 30 minutes), add sugar and stir gently to dissolve. Add an additional 2 cups of water and stir to combine. Keep the rice partially covered and continue to cook over a medium-low heat for approximately 20 more minutes. Stiring occasionally.
- 5Put canola oil, rose water and the ground saffron threads along with their water into the rice and stir thoroughly to combine. Continue to cook, partially-covered, for another 20 minutes over low heat.
- 6Remove the lid and stir well. The mixture should start to look like a thick pudding-like cream; all the water should be boiled out at this point. Feel free to add more saffron to taste. The more saffron you add the richer the flavor and color of the pudding will be.
- 7Add the blanched slivered almonds and continue cooking over medium-low heat until a pudding-like texture develops (approximately 30 more minutes).
- 8Once thickened, remove the pot from the stove and pour the Sholeh Zard into a large, shallow plate and let it cool*. Once the top has dried into a thin, yet hard, layer you can decorate with the cinnamon and pistachios in a pretty pattern.
- 9Once cool, place the plate, covered into the refrigerator and continue chilling until the pudding has transformed into a jello-like consistency.
- 10*Optional serving styles: The pudding also tastes great warm (right after it’s done cooking).
- 11Which ever way you choose, we like both you may now serve the tastiest dessert along with a nice cup of tea.
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Nutritional Facts for Iranian Saffron Rice Pudding (Sholeh Zard) (Dairy Free & Glu
Serving Size: 1 (475 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 359.1
- Calories from Fat 114
- Total Fat 12.7 g
- Saturated Fat 1.1 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 15.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 59.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
- Sugars 33.8 g
- Protein 3.6 g
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