I am trying to learn how to make Persian shole zard and Indian firni (phirni). Some recipes mention jasmine rice as a main ingredient, while others just say "white rice". To my knowledge jasmine rice is popularly consumed in South East Asia, so I wonder if using it in Persian/Middle Eastern/Indian desserts will lead to authenticity.

What kind of rice should be used for authentic rice pudding sweets in those countries? Basmati for firni?

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(Disclaimer, since I don't read/speak Farsi, I only looked at English references)

Authenticity is in the eye of the Beholder.

Iranian and Indians cooks probably use whatever rice is available in their local store; and some will use the same rice variety that their mother and grandmother used without knowing the reason.

You can look at this which talks a little bit about rice in Iran, so does the wikipedia page about Iranian cuisine.

For example, the Domsiah is related to Basmati rice.

That being said,

Most recipes for shole zard, as you say, just say white rice, or either Jasmine or Basmati rice; I've also seen recipes with short grain rice; so pretty much use what you have on hand.

For firni, most recipes call for Basmati rice which looks to be most common in India.

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    People using the same rice as their grandmother is why certain varieties are "authentic" for a particular (style of a particular) dish, and others are less so. But if you're sitting in the US or UK it might be hard to know which kinds of rice people's grandmothers use halfway around the world.
    – The Photon
    Apr 18, 2020 at 18:12

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