How to make Kesari Phirni with Nutty Caramel Discs

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Hi Tea.

Main Ingredients : A pinch saffron, Basmati Rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Desserts

Kesari Phirni with Nutty Caramel Discs

Kesari Phirni with Nutty Caramel Discs Recipe Card


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.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Kesari Phirni with Nutty Caramel Discs Recipe

  • A pinch saffron

  • Basmati Rice soaked 150 grams

  • Milk 2 cups

  • Mixed nuts chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Poppy seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Castor sugar 1 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Milkmaid 1 cup (400 gms)


Step 1

Boil milk in a deep non-stick pan.

Step 2

Caramelize castor sugar in another non-stick pan, stirring once a while.

Step 3

Add cardamom powder and saffron to milk. Stir well, cover and let it reduce.

Step 4

Add Milkmaid, stir to mix and let it reduce further.

Step 5

Place the soaked rice in a food processor and grind coarsely. Add ground rice to the reducing milk mixture, stir to mix and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Step 6

Add chopped nuts and poppy seeds in the caramelized sugar and mix well.

Step 7

Pour the nutty caramel mixture on a silicon sheet and spread evenly. Use a medium cookie cutter and make round impressions on it and set aside till completely set.

Step 8

Put the phirni into individual earthenware (kasore) and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Step 9

Place the nutty caramel discs on top and serve chilled.

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