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Sholeh Zard (Saffron Rice Pudding) Recipe

Authentic Sholeh Zard Recipe: Iranian Saffron Rice Pudding with Premium EBV Saffron Threads:

Saffron, often referred to as the golden spice, has been cherished for centuries for its unique aroma, flavor, and health benefits. And when it comes to the best saffron, our EBV Saffron Threads stand out in terms of quality and authenticity.

In today's post, we'll share with you a classic Iranian dessert, Sholeh Zard, that's infused with the rich flavors of our EBV Saffron Threads.

Sholeh Zard is a traditional dessert made with rice, sugar, saffron, and rosewater. It's typically garnished with cinnamon and slivered almonds or pistachios. This saffron rice pudding is aromatic, creamy, and rich in flavor.


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (preferably Basmati)

  • 4-5 cups water

  • 1.5-2 cups granulated sugar (adjust based on your sweetness preference)

  • 1/2 teaspoon EBV saffron threads, ground and dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water

  • 1/3 cup rosewater

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or ghee

  • Ground cinnamon, for garnishing

  • Slivered almonds or pistachios, for garnishing


  • Preparation of Rice: Rinse the rice a few times under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch and ensures a smoother texture for the pudding.

  • Cook the Rice: In a large pot, bring 4-5 cups of water to a boil. Add the rinsed rice and cook until it's very soft. This might take about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom.

  • Add Sugar: When the rice is soft and has a mushy consistency, reduce the heat and add sugar. Stir continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  • Saffron & Butter: Add the dissolved saffron and butter or ghee to the rice mixture. Stir well and continue to cook on low heat for another 10-15 minutes. The mixture should be creamy and slightly thickened.

  • Rosewater: Stir in the rosewater and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  • Cool & Garnish: Remove from heat and let the Sholeh Zard cool. Pour it into serving dishes. Before it’s completely set, you can create designs on the surface using ground cinnamon and garnish with slivered almonds or pistachios.

  • Refrigeration: Once it has reached room temperature, you can cover the dishes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours. This dessert is best served cold.


  • The consistency of Sholeh Zard should be creamy but not overly thick. If it becomes too thick, you can adjust by adding a little hot water and mixing well.

  • The amount of sugar can be adjusted based on personal preference. Some people prefer it sweeter while others like a milder sweetness.

Enjoy your aromatic and delightful Sholeh Zard!

EBV Saffron Threads:

  • Unmatched Quality: The saffron used in this recipe is our very own EBV Saffron Threads. Harvested from the finest saffron flowers, it ensures that your Sholeh Zard has the richest hue and aromatic flavor.

  • Easy to Use: With the vibrant strands of our EBV Saffron Threads, you only need a small amount to achieve the deep golden-yellow color and unmatched flavor in your desserts.

  • Health Benefits: Apart from its culinary use, saffron is known for its multiple health benefits. From being an antioxidant powerhouse to possibly aiding in mood improvement, the EBV Saffron Threads not only elevate the taste but also boost the health quotient of your dishes.

Tips for Best Results Using EBV Saffron Threads:

  • Storage: To maintain the potency and flavor of your EBV Saffron Threads, store them in a cool, dark place.

  • Grinding: Use a mortar and pestle to gently grind the saffron threads. This releases the aromatic compounds, ensuring maximum flavor.

  • Infusion: Always dissolve your saffron in warm water or milk for a few minutes before using. This helps in releasing its beautiful color and full-bodied flavor.

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