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PhirniPhirni: Phirni is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, or vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is an essential dish in many Hindu feasts and celebrations. It is also popular among Muslims for Islamic celebrations throughout India and Pakistan.

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

  • 1 litre full cream milk
  • 4 tbsp long grained (basmati) rice
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • A few saffron strands
  • Water, as required
  • 2 tbsp almonds, skinned and slivered – for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raisins, for garnish


  • Dry roast the saffron strands in a small pan for 10 seconds.
  • Add 1 tbsp of milk.
  • Mix well.
  • Keep aside.
  • Soak the rice in water for about 1 hour.
  • Drain, wash and drain the rice again.
  • Pat the soaked rice dry on an absorbent kitchen towel.
  • Blend the rice in a mixer to a coarse powder.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of cold milk with coarse rice powder to make a paste.
  • Keep aside.
  • Boil the rest of the milk in non-stick pan, on medium heat.
  • Gently stir in the rice paste.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes on a low flame, while stirring continuously.
  • Add in the sugar and saffron mixture.
  • Simmer the mixture for a few minutes.
  • Pour the phirni into earthenware containers and keep aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Phirni is ready to be served.
  • Serve chilled garnished with almonds and raisins.

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