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Phirni  Recipe

Creamy rice based dessert from north India.

This recipe is from the book Khazana of Indian Recipes.

Preparation Time : 26-30 minutes

Cooking time : 21-25 minutes

Servings : 4


Main Ingredients

Rice, Milk





Level Of Cooking



  • Rice soaked
    5 tablespoons
  • Milk
    1 litre
  • Saffron (kesar)
    a pinch
  • Sugar
    3/4 cup
  • Green cardamom powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Pistachios blanched, peeled and sliced


Step 1

Drain and grind the rice to a coarse paste. Bring milk to a boil. Add rice paste dissolved in a little water or cold milk.

Step 2

Cook till rice is completely cooked, stirring constantly. Add saffron and mix well.

Step 3

Add sugar and cardamom powder and cook till sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into earthenware or china bowls and garnish with pistachios.

Step 4

Chill in a refrigerator for an hour before serving.

Chef Tip

It is a good idea to grind green cardamom with a little sugar as otherwise the quantity of green cardamom may be too little to grind. You can store this in an airtight jar for use in sweet dishes and desserts.

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