Hope you are having a great start to the New Year with all resolutions intact. Also hope you had a great weekend. We had a fun and relaxing weekend with a potluck dinner at a friends’ place. With great food, chatter and laughter it was a good way to re-charge the ‘batteries’ and gear up for the hectic week ahead. 

I had prepared this Kheer during the beginning of the New Year. Even though the weather is awesome for January, it has been cloudy on days. As a result I could not take some good pictures, depicting the actual color and texture of this kheer/pudding. 

Phirni tastes pretty much like rice kheer but with a different texture. Phirni is made of ground rice and so it has a different texture, but the good thing is that it cooks fast. 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 Tbsp raw Rice( I used Basmati)
  • 1 liter Milk (use whole milk)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8-10 saffron strands/ Kesar
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp slivered/chopped almonds
  • 5-10 pistachios (pista), finely chopped  

Method: 

  • Soak the rice in ¾ cup water and keep aside for 1 hour.
  • Also soak the saffron strands in 1 Tbsp of warm milk.
  • Grind the soaked rice in 1/2 cup water and make a thick paste. While grinding it should be thick. Add little water and bring its consistency to that of idli batter.
  •  Heat the milk in a big sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Continue to heat it on simmer.
  • Add the sugar and stir well. After it has settled, add the rice paste, saffron milk in small intervals and keep stirring.
  • Note: Do not add the rice paste all at one time as it may form lumps.
  • Continue stirring for 5-10 minutes until the mixture half way thickens up. Add the cardamom powder and mix.
  • Note: The mixture will thicken up more after cooling.
  • Keep this refrigerated. Garnish with almonds and pista before serving. This is traditionally served in earthenware. 

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