Shole Zard (Saffron Rice Pudding)

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“.

Recipe type
Serves 4 People
Prep time
1h 0m
Cook Time
1h 0m


  • 1 Cup
    white rice
  • 2 Cups
    white sugar
  • ¼ Cups
  • 2 Teaspoons
    ground saffron
  • 3 Cups
  • ¼ Cups
    slivered almonds
  • ½ Cups
  • 1 Teaspoon
    ground cardamom
  • 2 Teaspoons
    ground cinnamon


  1. Rinse the rice with cool water, put the rice and 2 cups of water in a bowl, soak it overnight.

  2. Drain the soaked rice, place in a large pot, add 3 cups of water, bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and cook over low heat until rice is soft, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed.

  3. Add sugar to the pot and stir until it is completely dissolved and make sure to stir the rice every so often so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

  4. Add 5 tablespoons of hot water to the ground saffron. Let it brew while the rice cooks.

  5. Add butter, ground cardamom, rosewater and saffron to the rice.

    levels (Large)
  6. Continue cooking the pudding on the stove top on low heat until it is dense. Five minutes before serving it add silvered almonds.

  7. Place it in small bowls. Garnish with cinnamon and slivered almond or pistachio. Let cool before serving.


6 reviews for Shole Zard (Saffron Rice Pudding)

  1. افشین


    عااااالیه از شکلش معلومه خووووشمزه هست

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  4. Shirin


    Very helpful . Thanks

  5. Khin


    I have not tested this recipe for Shohlezad. I will. Entering the review mainly for a very impressive decoration using simple easy items. Thank you. Love the arts. Persian really has creativity to make everything look so beautiful.

  6. siamak


    Excellent recipe, just cut the sugar in half.

  7. روزگار


    سلام، حدود یه هفته پیش شله زرد برای ۱۵ نفر درست کردم و داخل یخچال گذاشتم ولی استفاده نشد و بعدش رفتیم مسافرت الان که برگشتم نگرانم که فاسد شده باشه، بنظرتون چجوری باید تشخیص بدم که شله زرد سالمه یا اینکه خراب شده؟ میشه این شله زرد رو دوباره استفاده کرد؟

  8. Mina Pourkhani


    Thank you for your cooking I enjoy learning it.

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