Indians love their sweets, that’s no big secret. Being a Lucknowite ,a dessert after any meal is almost mandatory for me. So I try to satisfy all my sweet cravings as healthily as I can. One of my personal favorites is- Phirni,a dessert very close to my heart.
Rich in carbs and proteins, this delectable dessert is the perfect combination of rice and milk. This dish is enriched with calcium and the saffron boosts the mental health, enhances immunity and acts as a natural flavouring agent.
I always serve phirni in earthen bowls. This does not only give the phirni a rich earthy aroma but the pot also absorbs the excess water from the phirni giving it the perfect consistency.
A chilled bowl of phirni is an excellent substitute for ice cream (especially in summers) which is loaded with refined sugars, chemicals and stabilisers-substances which can be very harmful for one’s health.
The rose petals, along with acting as a natural coolant, are a treat to both the eyes and the nose, being aesthetically pleasing and delightfully fragrant.
Last but definitely not the least, this mild dessert is enjoyed by everyone equally- men and women, young and old.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
🔹Full cream milk (1/2 litre)
🔹Soaked Basmati rice (1/2 cup OR 60 gms)
🔹Sugar (5 tablespoons)
🔹Slivered Almonds (50 gms)
🔹Chiraunji (20 gms)
🔹Pistachio (20 gms)
🔹Saffron (some strands,pre-soaked in warm milk)
🔹Rose petals (to garnish)
🔸Take a heavy bottom pan and place it on the stove.
🔸Pour milk into the pan and bring it to boil.
🔸Grind the pre-soaked rice with some milk into a fine paste.
🔸Add the finely ground rice into the pan and stir the mixture continuously to avoid lump formation.
🔸 After 6-7 minutes, a nice consistency of phirni is obtained.
🔸Then add the sugar and stir again.
🔸 Add soaked saffron into the phirni followed by slivered almond and pistachio.
🔸Now cook for another minute.
🔸 Pour the phirni into earthen pots and garnish with almonds and rose petals.
🔸Refrigate it and serve chilled.