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Refreshing Afghan Traditional Rice Pudding. Authentic Recipe of Shir Berenj.

Things to know about Shir Berenj Recipe

In Persian ‘shir’ means ‘milk’ and ‘berenj’ stands for ‘Rice’, Shir Berenj means rice cooked in milk. This type of sweet rice pudding is popular all over the world, especially in Islamic countries. It Is cooked and distributed among friends and relatives at some Islamic celebratory events.  Afghans like to add a lot of green cardamom and nuts to it. More expensive versions are topped with gold or silver leaves. Shir berenj can be served both cold and hot. It’s a very easy dish but make sure to use short grain pudding rice to get the best creamy texture and flavor.

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Refreshing Afghan Traditional Rice Pudding. Authentic Recipe of Shir Berenj.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: شیربرنج
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Occasional Cooking Kids Enjoy Eating Recipes


Servings 8 People
Calories / Serving 185 kcal


  • 4 cups Water
  • ½ cup Short Grain Rice – Small Grain Rice or pudding rice
  • cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Cardamom Minced
  • ½ cup White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Almond
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ cup Pistachio
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  • Boil water in a pot.
  • Add rice and boil until rice is soft.
  • Add milk and cardamom, and cook on low until milk is completely absorbed by the rice.
  • Then add sugar, and almonds, and mix. Cook for6-8 minutes.
  • Add oil to get a shine.
  • Sprinkle pistachios on top and serve hot or cold.
Serve hot or cold by itself or serve with traditional tea’ qehwa.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Shir Berenj Recipe, Traditional Afghan Rice Pudding, شیربرنج
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