Phirni is an Indian sweet dish. It has a texture that is a cross between custard and pudding and is made with ground rice and milk. The popular flavor variations are badam (using almond paste), aam (with mango pulp) and rose phirni (obviously with rose syrup). Unlike other Indian sweet treats which can be tricky and time consuming to make, phirni is quite quick and easy. The smooth creamy cool taste of this dessert just puts you in a good mood. It is so good that my princess who doesn't have much of a sweet tooth and is a very fussy eater, ate a whole bowlful of this "pink ice-cream" as she likes to call it :)
Ingredients: serves 4-6
|Basmati rice||4 tbsp|
|Sugar|| ||4 tbsp(adjust to your taste)|
|3 cups ( I use 2%)|
|Rose syrup||2-3 tbsp|
|Cardamom powder|| ||1/2 tsp|
|Crushed pistachios||for garnish|
1. Wash and soak rice in water for 45 minutes. Grind the rice to a slightly coarse paste with a little water.
2. Boil milk in a pan add cardamom powder. When it starts boiling add rice paste and stir continuously to avoid lumps. Stir in the sugar. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes on medium to medium low heat until the milk thickens considerably, stirring often (phirni is thick and custard-like). Add rose water.
3. Take off the heat and add rose syrup. Mix properly. Pour into individual bowls and chill in the refrigerator till it sets. Garnish with crushed nuts and serve chilled. ENJOY!