Zerde is one of the unique recipes of Ottoman palace cuisine. This sweet dessert, cooked on special occasions and celebrations, gets its color and taste from two special spices: Saffron and turmeric.
Since saffron is a costly spice, what you eat out is usually made with the only turmeric.
Enjoy the actual Zerde recipe that you flavor with the aroma of saffron brewed in rose water at your home and reward yourself with a palace meal.
- 2 cups half and half
- 1/2 cup rice (baldo)
- 6 cups of water
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons starch (arrowroot if available)
- 1 cup saffron
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 2/3 tea glass rose water
- 2 tablespoons of currant
- 1 tablespoon of peanuts
1 Leave the saffron to steep in rose water overnight in a lidded bowl.
Wash the rice thoroughly until all the starch has runoff.
2Take the starch-free rice in a saucepan with water and sugar and cook it without allowing the rice to overcook and become flaky.
3Dissolve the starch in 1 teacup of water, pour over the cooked rice, and mix.
4Finally, add turmeric and rose soaked saffron and mix.
You click on low heat for about 5 minutes. Then take it into serving bowls and extraordinary.
After cooling, garnish with currants and peanuts.