One of my favorite dessert Phirni Recipe made with milk and rice flour.
Phirni is also known as Firni in India. Mostly this dessert is made during festivals, marriages and ceremonies. Main core ingredients for this dessert are rice and milk. You could make from soaked rice too but I have made with rice flour. For people who are calorie conscious could use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk. Check some collection of Diwali Recipes here on this link.
The ingredients used for this traditional dessert can be easily found in your kitchen / pantry. Ingredients like milk, sugar, rice flour and using nuts Or saffron are optional. You could also add some raisins and fruits if you wish. In international language it’s an eggless rice flour pudding.
Phirni is served chilled in clay / mud bowls and garnished with almond Or pistachio flakes. Generally eaten post meals as a sweet delight. I have been longing to make phirni from a long time and happy finally made them. In fact I have made 2 types of phirni one is with rice flour and the other is with whole rice soaked overnight.
To give it a modern touch have set my phirnis into glasses and vodka shot glasses. Further added some saffron to give them peach color. Also garnished with pistachio flakes. You could set them into metal bowls, mud bowls Or any bowl you want.
Phirni Recipe details and printable version below:
- 500 ml milk
- 1.5 tbsp rice flour ( I used organic rice flour)
- 125 gms powdered sugar Or as required
- ¼ t/s cardamom powder
- ¼ t/s dry ginger powder
- ¼ t/s nutmeg powder
- few drops of almond essence
- 20 gms almond flakes
- 30 gms pistachio flakes
- a pinch of salt
- few saffron strands infused in hot milk
- Boil milk in a wide bottomed sauce pan. Once milk reaches it’s boiling point.
- Take 2 tbsp hot milk in a mixing bowl with rice flour. Combine all nicely it should be smooth and lump free.
- Now add this mixture to the milk. Cook until milk thickens and keep stirring else rice flour might get stuck at the bottom.
- Time to add powdered sugar, all spice powder, almond essence and salt.
- Take some milk mixture and combine saffron. Stir well and add to the boiling mixture.
- Simmer for 2 mins more then switch off the gas.
- If you are using clay / mud bowls then soak water with some rice overnight. Then wash the bowls nicely before using else it might leave stains on your dessert.
- Pour the mixture over the serving bowls. Cover with a foil over the bowls then allow to set in the fridge for an hour Or so.
- Garnish with almond flakes Or pistachio flakes.
Ensure you make phirni on low heat and keep stirring else there are chances for it to get lumpy Or get burnt at the bottom.
I have used pistachio flakes you could use any nuts you like.
Also I have used mixed spice powder you could use only cardamom powder.
Adding saffron strands is optional.