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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saffron Pudding


Saffron Pudding
1/4 cup short grain rice, washed, drained
3 cups water, to boil rice with
3 cups water, to cook Zerde
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp saffron, soaked in 2 tbsp warm water
3 tbsp corn starch, dissolve with 3 tbsp water
2 tbsp Rose Water

4 tbsp pistachios, ground
2 tbsp currants, soaked in 1/4 cup hot water
4 tbsp pine nuts, lightly roasted

Boil the rice with 3 cups of water, drain. Bring to boil the sugar with 3 cups of water. Then turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the cooked rice, saffron with water and the dissolved corn starch in it. Stir constantly. When you see the bubbles on the surface cook for one more minute. Add the Rose Water, but don't stop stirring. Turn the heat off.

Immediately pour into individual bowls. Sprinkle some pine nuts, currants and pistachios on top. If you can find, put some pomegranate as well. Let it cool down and place in the fridge before serving.

Makes 6 servings.



At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for having this website! I grew up in an area that had many Turkish restaurants that were so good and now I have moved to a place that has very few. I am looking forward to trying your recipes and experiencing those lovely flavors again!!! I am particularly intereted to try this recipe as I am particularly fond of safron. Please keep posting more of your wonderful recipes and pictures, I look forward to trying them all!!!!

Best Wishes,

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the actual name for this food is Shole Zard.
its also an Iranian food

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Many of the dishes with other cuisines have roots in Turkish kitchen, a result of more than six centuries of Ottoman rule from Egypt to Central Asia; like hummus, baklava, sekerpare, borek, manti, yogurt sauce, grape leave dolma (stuffed) or sarma (rolled), simit, tarhana, kurabiye, tas (bowl) kebap.....
Zerde is the actual name for this desert, but it is okay to call it with a different name:)
Take care,

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Zerde is the Turkish name and Shole Zard is the Iranian name, but they both mean Saffron Pudding!

I'd like to try to make this dessert as I bought some Saffron from Istanbul. I just have 1question.. where can I buy rose water in NY?

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Can,
I may suggest you to search which is located in New York. It is a on line Turkish store. I've found rose water (Gul Suyu) there, here is the address;

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, wow rice cooked as a sweet dish is new for me. Im curious what zerde is?Thanks

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Rice is also cooked as a sweet dish in Rice Pudding:) Zerde is Saffron Pudding.
Take care,


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