What do you think of the food with the name: "Yellow Flame"? Sounds lovely! Sho'le Zard means yellow flame in Persian language. The name refers to the nice yellow colour of the food.
Sho'le Zard is served on especial religious ceremonies. As Turkey is served on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas pudding on Christmas Eve, so our mothers wouldn't make Sho'le Zard on some days of the week and bring it to the table!
But no matter if you're an atheist or a strict follower of any religion, you can still make this food and enjoy it.
It's also very easy to make it. What you need includes:
Rice: 2 cups
Sugar: 4 cups
Cold water: 14-16 cups
Rose water: 1 cup
Butter: 5-6 table spoon
Almond pieces: 3/4 cup
Pistachio pieces: as much as you like
Saffron and cardamom: a pinch
Cinnamon: a pinch
Wash the rice with warm water 3-4 times and pour out the water. Then let it soak in warm water for 4-5 hours. After that pour out the water then put the rice in the saucepan with 14 cups of cold water, bring to the boil and then simmer. If the heat is too high the rice will stick to the end of the pot. In the meanwhile, add saffron and sugar to the rice. You should decide about the amount of saffron yourself. Just add it till you feel the colour is yellow enough. If you the saucepan is becoming dry, top up with more water. Constantly stir the rice, or else it would stick to the pot. At the end, when the rice is soft and smashed, add sugar, rosewater, cardamom, and butter and mix them. Add almond pieces now and let it cook for a while. It's ready now. Make sure Sho'le Zard is not too watery. When you put it in the bowl decorate it with cinnamon and pistachio pieces.