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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kesar Phirni / Saffron Phirni

Phirni - a sweetened rice pudding in a milk base, garnished with saffron and nuts happens to be quite a popular dessert in North India. It is very simple and quick in terms of preparation. This particular phirni happens to be the basic version and there are a few variations like this aam / mango phirni.

Ingredients: (For 4 servings)
8 - 10 saffron strands
4 Tbsp rice (I used Basmati)
4 cups milk
Sugar to taste (5 - 6 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2 Tbsp each - Almonds & pistachios (blanched & slivered)

* 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 slightly coarse paste adding water as needed.
* Dissolve the saffron strands in two tablespoons of warm milk and keep aside.

The cooking part:
* Bring the milk 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. Let cool and refrigerate the phirni.
* Serve chilled phirni in individual bowls garnishing with nuts.

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harini-jaya said...

Looks very good!! I have seen this elsewhere too. Simple and elegant! Take Care!

Jay said...

hope I m invited...absolutely mouthwatery ...

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Vardhini said...

Looks delicious .. new to me. Hubby would love this.


Ms.Chitchat said...

The perfect phirni,love it. Click is too good.

sushma said...


Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious dear :)

PriyaVaasu said...


Chitra said...

I have one in archive made with rice flour. this is looking gr8..will try this version :)

Chitra said...

Lovely dessret for a hot day.Looks delicious.

SouthIndianHome said...

Wonderful clicks and the kheer looks absolutely delicious
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Pavani said...

Phirni looks amazing. For some reason I always thought phirni was made of some kind of noodles or am i mixing it up with another dish??? Enjoy your Sunday.

Priya said...

Highly inviting and rich looking phirni..yumm!

Apu said...

Looks delicious!!

Suparna said...

I could forget guilt and indulge endlessly ;)

Prathima Rao said...

Delicious!!! This is my fav sweet & is alwayz a hit at dinner parties...
Prathima Rao
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Usha said...

Looks good & mouthwatering!