Phirni- a Punjabi dessert made with milk and rice

Hey everyone, Welcome to foodbymama- a homemaker’s guide for those who love food and cooking and basically everything about it. I try using the simplest ingredients to create finger- licking recipes for my family.

This other day, I had a lot of extra milk left at home and couldn’t think of a way to use it (or else it would turn stale you know). And milk cannot be put to better use than in desserts. Turned to the recipes my mother used to make and there it was- Phirni! For those of you familiar with Kheer, Phirni is actually like a sister dessert of kheer. It’s made with milk and ground rice that are cooked long enough for the milk to thicken and turn all creamy and rich. Traditionally, my mother used to make it in clay bowls which would infuse that amazing earthiness to the flavors. However, I didn’t have those clay wonders and so I used the regular ceramics only. And let me tell you, Phirni isn’t the quick cook and serve dessert- it sure isn’t really hard to make but does take its time to cook and set. The longer you cook it, the better the flavors.

Now, I’ve used saffron as aromatic in this but you can use any ingredient you like- be it star anise, cinnamon or fennel powder for instance. This is the real beauty of this dessert- it can take in any kind of flavors, colors, whatever level of experimentation you’d like to do, it’s going to taste amazing with almost everything! And if stored in refrigerator, it can survive as long as 3-5 days, plus you don’t need much ingredients for making it (regular kitchen staples will do the job). Here’s how you can try this dessert-


Milk -2 litre
Rice- 1/2 cups
Chopped almonds- 1/2 tbsp
Chopped cashew nuts- 1/2 tbsp
Sugar- as per taste
Saffron -4-5 strands
How to make-

  1. Soak the rice in water for about an hour. Blend them in a blender and make a fine paste.
  2. Pour milk in a pot and boil it on high flame and add the rice paste to it stirring constantly.
  3. Soak saffron in 1-2 spoon warm milk/water and add to the pot once it starts giving out color.
  4. Add the sugar to the mixture and keep stirring so that it does not form any lumps.
  5. Turn off the flame once it starts to thicken. Top it with chopped nuts and serve chilled.

Wanna try more desserts? Try our natural mango ice cream!


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