pot du ‘shir berenj’

comfortingly creamy spoonfuls of milky rice and a lightly flavoured cardamom and rose water aftertaste is the persian pot du creme or as we say, ‘shir berenj’, literally meaning ‘milk rice’.  usually shir berenj is made during ramazan, but i think these flavours taste good all year!

milk-rice or shir-berenj

shir berenj

makes a medium pot which feeds six

recipe veganized from najmieh batmanglij’s ‘new food of life: ancient persian and modern iranian cooking and ceremonies’


1/2 cup rice (clean and wash a few times)

2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups oatmilk (or nutmilk of your choice)

1/4 cup coconut cream concentrate (optional)

1 tablespoon arrowroot and 1/4 cup cold water

1/4 cup rosewater

1 teaspoon freahly ground cardamom

(i also added a pinch of saffron at the end, though this is not normally done as it starts to encroach on another dessert called ‘sholeh zard’– don’t worry, i will make that one day too!)


bring the rice, water and salt to a boil. reduce the heat to medium, cover and let cook until rice is tender (around 2o minutes)

add milk and cream and bring to boil. reduce heat to low, cover and cook for one hour.

mix arrowroot and water together in a glass and stir into pot.

add rosewater and cardamom and turn off heat.

spoon into cute little jars or bowls and chill.

serve with sprinkled almond slivers, and agave syrup, sugar, jam or any other sweet goodness!


4 Responses

  1. “comfortingly creamy spoonfuls of milky rice” sounds like the definition of heaven.
    did you put the put on a bed of rice?? amazing!!! your pictures are so good. they seriously look professional.
    can’t wait for the sholeh zard 🙂
    and what it ramazan? x

    • jawohl es ist reis!

      ‘ramazan’ is just plain ol’ ramadan farsi-style.

  2. oh! so happy you are back with your wonderful wonderful recipes!!! i hope you had a nice holiday! and happy new year (i’ll wish you again for navroz!) thank you for your visit. kenza.

  3. hello again! I just saw your question on the carrot cake (salty) it actually has the consistency of a cake, just a little firm, and you just slice it as a cake. It is a really easy recipe and the brush of milk on top really works. let me know if you have other questions. I will now browse through your recent delicacies! khodafez, kenza.

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