Saffron & Rosewater Rice Pudding

Updated: Aug 14, 2021

This is an absolutely delicious dessert made with lots of saffron, almonds, pistachios and rosewater with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.

Close your eyes and eat this, it’s like walking through a rose garden.


3/4 cups rice (I used basmati)

5 cups water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

5 tbsp rosewater

1/4 tsp ground saffron

1/4 cup mixed slivers of pistachio and almond

dried rose petals (optional to decorate)

cinnamon (optional to decorate)


Step 1

  • Wash the rice in a medium sized pan and cover with 5 cups of cold water.

  • Place over medium heat and allow the rice to cook thoroughly.

  • Add the ground saffron.


Step 2

  • Mix the saffron into the rice and continue cooking on a low heat until the rice becomes mushy and pudding like.

  • Add the sugar, pistachio and almond slivers and mix.


Step 3

  • Finally add the rosewater and mix.

  • Remove from the heat and pour into a serving bowl.

  • You can garnish the Sholezard with cinnamon and dry roses.

Saffron & Rosewater Rice Pudding - Sholezard
Saffron & Rosewater Rice Pudding - Sholezard

Enjoy eating this either warm or cold.

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