Mar 23, 2013

Phirni - The Rice Dessert with a twist

Phirni is one of the most common desserts in all of the north Indian weddings. You may remember this from one of the scenes in ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ movie! It’s a really simple dessert to make using just very few ingredients yet is really delicious and easy. I created this recipe last month when I had a few friends over for dinner. I gave a twist to the usual recipe by adding gulkand (Rose petals marmalade) to it! You must try it once for that really yummy fresh after taste.

Serves 4
Time 30 mins
Rice, soaked         5 tbsp
Milk                      1 liter
Saffron (kesar)      a pinch
Sugar                              3/4 cup
Green cardamom powder        1/2 teaspoon
Pistachios, blanched, peeled and sliced     10 – 15
Gulkand 1 tbsp

  • Drain and grind the rice to a coarse paste.
  • Bring the milk to a boil on a medium flame.
  • Add rice paste dissolved in a little water or cold milk.
  • Cook it on low flame till the rice is completely cooked, stirring constantly.
  • Add saffron and mix well.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook till sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Turn off the stove. Add gulkand and mix well.
  • Pour into kullads or any small bowls and garnish with pistachios.
  • Chill in a refrigerator for an hour or more before serving.


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