Desserts

Shole Zard (Saffron Rice Pudding)

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The history of this beautiful traditional dessert goes back to several hundred years ago, when it was served only on special occasions like the Persian new year. Nowadays it´s a more common food in Iran, but still people tend to make it on special events and share it with friends or family. It might sound strange but in Iran it’s very common that some neighbor, that you may hardly know knocks on your door and gives you a big bowl of this delicious dessert. for free! This kind of free foods are called “Nazri“.

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Shir Berenj (Rice Pudding)

Rice puddings are known in nearly every part of the world, but the recipes vary in different countries. In Iran it is served as a dessert, but some people may serve it as a light dinner too. Here is the recipe for the rice pudding which is most common in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.

Cake Sharbati (Syrup Cake)

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This moist and tender cake is a real tea-time treat. It makes a perfect dessert for a cup of steaming tea. The syrup is made with saffron and cardamom that give it a Persian taste and aroma. It´s a bit tricky to make this cake because it has a soft texture, and after pouring the syrup, it´s difficult to cut it into pieces. But don´t worry, because in this recipe I tried to cover all the tips and tricks that I know to make it ideally.

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Persian Halva

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Persian Halva is a sweet dense paste made of flour and butter, mixed with a syrup of sugar, saffron, rosewater and cardamom that gives it a pleasant taste and smell. Halva is originally an Arabic dessert literally meaning “sweet”, but it has found its way to many Asian and north African countries, and in every region it is prepared and served differently. In Iran it is usually served at funerals or during Ramadan(fasting) month, garnished with shredded coconut or slivered almonds.  

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Tupak-e Khorma (Date Balls)

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These delicious date balls are an easy and quick snack that need no baking and are perfect to keep you going throughout the day. They are quite healthy and nutritious thanks to the nuts and dates used in the recipe, and still super sweet without even adding any sugar! Although dates are approximately 50% sugar, eating dates does not have an effect on blood glucose levels like refined sugar. To garnish these date energy balls I used walnuts, pistachio, coconut and dried rose petals, but feel free to replace them with any other nuts you prefer or you have in home.

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