Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Firni ( traditional Indian sweet )

Traditionally served in earthen pots and decorated with rose petals phirni is one of the most royal and  rich desserts usually made on special occasions.

As today being a very auspicious day of  Dussehra , I planned to make this lovely simple dessert .

Though traditionally it is mildly flavoured with just rose water and cardamoms , I used saffron , almonds and pistachios to make it more rich .

Ingredients : 

2 tbsp - basmati rice ( long grain fragrant rice )
1/2 litre - full cream milk
1/2 cup - sugar
2 tbsp - almonds slivers
2 tbsp - pistachio slivers
1/4 tsp - cardamom powder
a pinch - saffron strands
1/2 tsp - rose water

Method :

Wash the rice and soak it in water for at least half an hour.

Grind this soaked rice to a smooth paste in a grinder.

Mix this paste with little milk and keep aside.

Boil the remaining milk in a thick bottomed pan.

Add sugar , rose water and cardamom to the milk .

Soak saffron in 2 tbsp of hot milk and keep aside.

When the milk starts boiling add the above rice paste.

Keep on stirring constantly on a low or medium flame.

When the mixture thickens add saffron milk , and half the almond and pistachios.

Put it in small bowls or earthen pots and keep it in the fridge .

Serve this phirni completely chilled , garnished with remaining almonds n pistachios.

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