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    Saffron Rice Pudding

    Iran - Saffron  Rice Pudding


    • Course/Drink: dessert

    This popular Persian dessert is made on all sorts of occasions in Iran

    Sholeh Zard is a delicious old fashioned dessert that is very delicate and light in texture, mild in sweetness and it gets its golden color from saffron ( saffron is very important and sometimes essential to Persian cooking. Iran produces some of the world’s best quality fragrant saffron with pleasant flavor and high coloring strength). This traditional Persian dessert is usually served at dinner parties in individual dessert goblets and garnished with designs made with ground cinnamon and slivered pistachios or almonds. Some people cook Sholeh Zard in large quantities and share it with friends and neighbors on certain religious holidays and instead of designs they write the names of religious figures with ground cinnamon.

    Saffron is essential in making Sholeh Zard and there is no substitute for this “red gold” spice in this particular dessert. Having said that, one must be careful about the amount of saffron used in this dessert. Too little saffron makes Sholeh Zard pale yellow and weak in fragrance and flavor, but on the other hand too much saffron can be overpowering, even bitter. Good saffron has a wonderful fragrance, flavor and color, but more does not necessarily mean better.


    • Jasmine rice 1 cup
    • 6 cups boiling water
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2⅓ cups extra boiling water (to be added later)
    • ¼ cup rosewater
    • ¼ tsp ground saffron
    • GARNISH:
    • Ground cinnamon
    • Slivered or chopped unsalted pistachio nuts
    • Dried rose petals

    For About eight 6-ounce dessert cups.

    How to Cook :

    - Pick through the rice, add it to a bowl and wash in cold water. Drain and wash couple of more times each time with fresh cold water. Drain all the water.

    - Add rice and boiling water to a deep nonstick 3-Qt saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to just above the low marking. Simmer with a low boil without covering the pan.

    - Do Not Stir for 1 hour 15 minutes. Most of the water will be cooked off and the rice should be completely tender. To test the rice, very gently squeeze one grain between thumb and index finger; it should fall apart with a sticky texture.

    - Add 2⅓ cups boiling water, 2 cups sugar, ¼ cup rosewater, and ¼ tsp saffron. Increase the heat to med low and bring it to a boil. Continue cooking on medium low for 5 more minutes, or until Sholeh Zard thickens. Use a wooden spoon to stir several times so the Sholeh Zard does not stick to the bottom or sides of the pan. Remove from the heat.

    - Pour into 6-ounce cups and cool in room temperature. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until completely chilled. At this point the dishes may be stored, covered tightly with a plastic wrap, for several hours.

    - Garnish with ground cinnamon, slivered pistachios or almonds, and a few dried rose petals before serving and Enjoy!!


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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.