Friday, August 28, 2015


As we all know tomorrow Indians all over the world will celebrate Raksha Bandhan; the festival which celebrates the bonding of love, affection and trust between brother and sister. A promise made by a brother to protect his sister in each and every circumstances.

Celebrating any festival by treating your family by making some special dishes have its own fun. I have already posted some very easy desserts which you can try this Rakhi. Have a look here:
Today's recipe is Phirni or Firni. It's a kind of rice pudding which is very popular in North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. This pudding is also prepared during the holy month of Ramzan and to celebrate festivals like Holi, Diwali etc.....

It's a very easy and quick dessert which needs very few ingredients. It's very similar to Rice Kheer but the difference lies in the kind of rice being used. Phirni is prepared from ground rice while the later is prepared from whole rice. Traditionally, Phirni is served in earthen clay pots and garnished with dry fruits and edible silver leaf.

There are many variations of Phirni; Mango Phirni, Rose Phirni, Almond Phirni, Pistachio Phirni, Kesar Phirni and the list goes on but today I'm posting the recipe of a very basic Phirni. So let's get started:


1. Milk: 1 litre
2. Basmati Rice: 1/4 cup
3. Sugar: 1 cup
4. Green Cardamoms: 5-6
5. Dry fruits
6. Rose petals


1. Wash and soak the basmati rice in water for half an hour.

2. Drain the water from the rice and let them dry on a piece of cloth for 30-40 mins. 

3. Once the rice dries up transfer it to the grinder and grind them until you get a coarse powder or semolina kind of texture.

4. Place a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat and boil the milk until it gets reduced to half of its volume. Reduce the heat to low.

5. Add ground rice to the milk and stir it continously to avoid lumps. Let it cook for 5-6 mins on low heat.

6. Keep on stirring so that it doesn't stick to the bottom. Check whether the rice is cooked or not.

7. Add sugar and crushed cardamoms and mix well until the sugar gets dissolved completely and it forms a nice creamy texture and no lumps are left. Turn off the heat.  

8. Take out the Phirni in a serving bowl and garnish it with dry fruits, rose petals, silver leaf.

9. Refrigerate it for 2-3 hours and serve cool. Enjoy!!!


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