Rice Flavoured with Saffron


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By Nevin Halici

Published 1989

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Atraditional dessert common in Istanbul and throughout Anatolia. Saffron is expensive and so zerde is served to mark special occasions, such as weddings. A dome-shaped pilaf for a wedding feast is piled on a large copper dish and topped with zerde. No-one can imagine a wedding pilaf without it.


  • ½ tsp saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 50 g


Soak the saffron in the rosewater overnight.

Pick over and wash the rice. Cook in the water over very low heat for 25-30 minutes until the rice is tender. Add the sugar in three stages, as in the previous recipe, to prevent the rice remaining hard. Mix in the rosewater flavoured with saffron. When it comes to the boil, blend the wheat starch with warm water and slowly add to the zerde w