How to make Plum Phirni -

Plum and prune flavoured phirni

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Turban Tadka.

Main Ingredients : Plums (आलूभुखारे), Prunes (प्रून्ज़ )

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Desserts

Plum Phirni

Plum Phirni 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 : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Plum Phirni Recipe

  • Plums 10-12

  • Prunes 10-12

  • Milk 1/2 litre

  • Soaked basmati rice 5 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1/2 cup

  • Green cardamom powder a pinch

  • For garnishing

  • Peeled and slivered almonds few blanched

  • Peeled and slivered pistachios few blanched


Step 1

Boil milk in a non-stick pan.

Step 2

Grind rice with a little hot milk. Add the ground rice to the boiling milk and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and set aside to cool.

Step 3

Cook sugar with 2-3 tbsps water in another non-stick pan. Roughly chop plums and prunes and add to the pan.

Step 4

Add green cardamom powder and mix well. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Transfer into another bowl and set aside to cool.

Step 5

Reserve some of the plum mixture for garnishing and add the remaining to the rice-milk mixture and mix.

Step 6

Transfer into serving bowls. Spread the remaining plum mixture over the phirni. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers and serve chilled.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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