Kesari Phirni Recipe - A perfect blend of rice and milk to prepare a delicious dessert.

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Main Ingredients : Saffron (kesar) , Milk

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Desserts

Kesari Phirni

Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Kesari Phirni Recipe - How to make A perfect blend of rice and milk to prepare a delicious dessert.


Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Milk 1 litre

  • Basmati rice 50 grams

  • Sugar 1 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Rose water a few drops

  • Pistachios 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Bring the milk to a boil in a deep pan. Lower the heat and let it simmer till it reduces a little. Grind the soaked rice to a coarse paste.

Step 2

Add a little milk to it and mix to make it a little thinner. Add this to the reduced milk in the pan and cook, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

Step 3

Add saffron and mix. Add sugar and cook till it thickens. Add green cardamom powder and rose water and mix. Take it off the heat. Add pistachios and mix.

Step 4

Pour into individual kasoris and set aside to cool. Chill and serve.