Persian Yellow Rice Pudding

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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This excellent dish is traditionally served on the anniversary of the death of a member of the Prophet Muhammad’s family. Saffron gives it its elegant colour and distinctive taste.


  • 120–150 g (4–5 oz) short-grain pudding rice
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered saffron


Wash the rice well. Bring it to the boil in a generous litre (2 pints) water in which you have dissolved the saffron. Simmer gently for about ¾ hour until the rice is soft and swollen. Add a hot syrup made by simmering together the sugar, lemon juice and 150