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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Aam - Kesar Phirni / & Microwave Pineapple Jam


Phirni, a sweet rice pudding happens to be one of the popular dessert dishes in North India and Pakistan. Though the origins are quite unknown, Mughals probably introduced it to us. Though phirni has a special place in North Indian cuisine, it is relatively an unknown one down in South, where we come from.
A coarse rice paste is simmered in milk until a thick consistency is reached, then sweetened with sugar and flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with nuts. This is the basic 'phirni' for you. There are a few delightful variations that takes this basic phirni to new levels.
Add diced mango to this flavorful phirni to end up with this mouthwatering aam - kesar one or the mango - saffron phirni, a true summer treat.

Ingredients: (For 4 servings)
1 ripe mango, cubed (about 1 cup)
8 - 10 saffron strands
4 Tbsp rice (I used Basmati)
4 cups milk
Sugar to taste (I used 5 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2 Tbsp each - Almonds & pistachios (blanched & slivered)

Method:
* Wash and soak rice in water for about 30 minutes or in hot water for about 10 minutes. Then drain and grind the rice to a paste adding water as needed.
* Dissolve the saffron strands in two tablespoons of warm milk.
* Heat the remaining milk. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat and gently stir in the rice paste. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. Simmer until the mixture thickens, about 12 - 15 minutes. Phirni should be fairly thick like custard.
* Add sugar and cardamom powder and continue to simmer until the sugar dissolves. Add the saffron and turn off the stove.
* When phirni comes to room temperature, stir in mango cubes saving a few for garnishing. Refrigerate the phirni.
* Serve chilled phirni in individual bowls garnishing with pistachios, almonds and mango cubes.

Variation:
Mango puree may be added instead of diced mango.

This phirni is on its way to
1. Priya Suresh's Celebrate Sweets - Sweets with Rice, an event originally started by Nivedita.
2. Reva's Healing Foods - Mango, an event originally started by Siri.

Microwave Version Pineapple Jam:


When I have over ripe fruits, I sometimes use them to prepare jams in microwave. However I prepare in small quantities since I don't use any preservatives. This time, I used pineapple to prepare jam and flavored it with cloves and cardamom.

Ingredients: (I got a little more than 1/2 cup)
2 cups pineapple cubes
1 tsp lemon juice (Optional. I just added it for the tang as a small quantity of lemon doesn't contribute towards pectin.)
Sugar to taste (I used about 6 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder (optional)
2 - 3 cloves (optional)

Method:
* Puree the pineapple cubes with juices (if any saved.) This step is optional but I prefer it to get a jam of uniform consistency.
* Add the puree and the remaining ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring in between.
* Discard the cloves and use.

Note:
Stop cooking before the desired consistency is reached since it gets thicker as it cools down. Don't worry if the jam comes out hard because of the error in timing. Add a few Tbsp of water and reheat it in the microwave for about a minute or so.

This goes to R's Veggie / Fruit of the month - Pineapple, an event originally started by Priya Mitharwal.


Comments

14 comments:

Preety said...

both recipes looks yummy..love easy versions always

Raji said...

Both phirni and jam are awesome...using of overripe fruits to make jam is a wonderful idea.

Priya said...

Phirni and jam,both looks simply irresistible,feel like finishing that whole bowl of phirni,thanks for sending Suma..

harini-jaya said...

I never made Phirni with rice paste, this sounds interesting!!
Making jam in the microwave is sure the fastest way to enjoy home made jam, I tried strawberry once but wasn't satisfied with the results..Pineapple tho try chesi choostanu..

Sarah said...

These look superb!!

Reva said...

Both the recipes are truly delicious... Beautiful pics:)
Reva

Sobha Shyam said...

Both recipes look great..loved the microwave version of pineapple jam..it looks yummy !!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Lovely and vibrant looking recipes...
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Smitha said...

love anything with mango in it!....phirni is a wonderful dessert!
jam looks amazing too...my second fav!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

ok, I have to try this pineapple jam, looks superb :)

Nisha said...

Loved the phirni

Eat Hearty said...

Both the phirni and jam looks cool and yummy!!! I love pineapple jam!!

Ankita
http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

NA said...

I make large batches of jams(8-10 pints in almost every batch) without preservatives....in fact 100% of the jam recipes I have from my cookbooks are preservative free....so I don't know where you're getting this idea from.

Suma Gandlur said...

NA, thanks for pointing that out. I was meant to say that I don't know how to preserve if I prepared in larger quantitites since I know nothing about the bottling process. Instead I mentioned about the preservatives. I was typing that around midnight. :)