This is an incredibly fragrant pudding and well worth the trouble. It's dairy-free if you use sunflower oil instead of butter or "I can't believe it's not butter."
The name, "sholeh zard," means "yellow flame." ("Sholeh" means "flame;" "zard" means "yellow".) It is traditionally served during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan (at night; eating during sunlight hours is forbidden), or for the Iranian holidays of Norwuz (the Iranian New Year, celebrated to roughly coincinde with the Spring Equinox) and Tiregan (a traditional Iranian/Zoroastrian summer holiday, which celebrates rain).
- Fresh heavy cream, Starch