Zerde

Today, Ibrahim brought zerde to our office. Zerde is a Turkish dessert, a sort of sweet pudding from rice that is colored yellow with saffron. It is a festive dish popular at wedding, birth celebrations and during the sacred month of Muharram. Zerde differs from rice pudding insofar as it is prepared with water instead of milk.

There’s a rice pudding with a similar name – zarda in South Asia, which is made by boiling rice with orange/yellow food coloring, milk and sugar, and flavoured with cardamoms, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almonds. The name Zarda comes from Persian and Urdu word — ‘zard’ meaning ‘yellow’, hence named since the food coloring added to the rice gives it a yellow color. Zarda is typically served after a meal. In India and Pakistan also, zarda is often served in weddings as dessert.

Thanks Ibrahim, it was nice and sweet.

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