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Shole Zard

Shole Zard

Sholeh Zard is a traditional Persian dessert that Iranians mostly cook at their ritual ceremonies. You need rice, rose water, and sugar to prepare this delightful dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Shole Zard
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 4100kcal


  • ½ cup Rice
  • 4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoon Rosewater
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Brewed Saffron
  • 4 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • Damask rose powder/slice of petals, and fruit silvers required amount for garnishing


  • Wash and soak the riced at least for 5 hours.
  • Pour the water in theused pan as much as its capacity.
  • Boilthe water.
  • Drain the rice water and pour it into a deep nonstick saucepan.
  • Add boiling water to the rice and allow it to boil on low heat.
  • Take notice that you should not cove the rice and let it simmer with low heat for 30 min until it gets sticky and completely tender. [do not stir your rice during this time.]
  • Add your ingredients in this part. 4 cups water, 2 tsp rose water, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup brewed saffron, butter, and cinnamon and cardamom powder.
  • Mix them well and increase the heat a little beat and stir it to prevent sticking until it starts boiling again.
  • Let it boil for 5 min and get it consistent.
  • Lade prepared Sholeh Zard (شعله زرد) into a dessert bowl.
  • Allow it cool at room temperature.
  • Dress and garnish your pudding with Damask rose powder, slices of petals, Almond and pistachio powder and slabs, and whatever you taste.
  • Refrigerate it for 1-2hours before serving to chill it thoroughly.


Unique's advice

  • If you want to cook this pudding for more people, remember that the amount of sugar should be twice as much as rice, and the amount of water should be five times as much as it. So you can cook it for as many people as you want.
  • Remember that adding sugar making some extra water. So do not add water to your mixture before adding sugar if it is needed.
  • Your size of the pan is significant. Too large pan causes the water to cook off faster while the rice has not cooked as sticky and soft as it should be. So choose a pot of the right size for your ingredients.
  • This dessert is a delicious one with or without garnishing. But dressing it makes it more amazing and hard to stop eating. So try it in your parties to see how everyone, especially children, admire you.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 4100kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 91.8mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 11.25g | Vitamin A: 5.8IU