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Phirni Recipe

What is a befitting end to every meal? A delicious dessert like phirni, of course! Phirni is a milky dessert that is best served chilled. Indians have had a love affair with phirni ever since they discovered this sweet dish. What makes it special is the rose flavor and garnishing of rose petals. It has a soft texture and is a melt-in-your-mouth delight. But do we know where the dessert actually originated before we learn how to make phirni?

Phirni is believed to have come from ancient Persia or Middle East. It was introduced in India by the Mughals and became a legacy that the rulers from that time started to enjoy. In Persia, phirni was the food of angels and originally known as Sheer Birinj. When Prophet Muhammad went to the seventh heaven to meet God, it was offered to him first. There are also many versions of the phirni in India – two of which are the kheer in the north and payasam in the south. It is called Fereni in Egypt and Muhallabia in Turkey. The recipe also has its own version in China and is made with eight exotic fruits and honey! So many names, and one delightful taste!  

To make the Indian version of phirni at home, the ingredients needed are Nestlé MILKMAID, Nestlé a+ Nourish Milk, rice, elaichi, rose water, and rose petals. You must also take note of the following important aspects when you are in the process of making the phirni.

Phirni is a great dessert recipe to try and relish with your loved ones this Ramadan. Do give it a try!

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  • 1 tin Nestlé MILKMAID
  • 3 cups (150 ml) Nestlé a+ Toned Milk
  • 100 gms Soaked Rice
  • 2-3 Powdered Cardamom (Elaichi)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml)Rose Water
  • Few Rose Petals

How to make Phirni

  • Step 1: Soak rice in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Drain water and grind to a fine paste.
  • Step 2: Add milk to the paste and heat/cook together, stirring constantly so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom. Bring to a boil and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Add Nestlé MILKMAID and remove from flame.
  • Step 3: Add cardamom powder and rose water. Let it cool and set it in a refrigerator.
  • Step 4: Serve garnished with rose petals.

Tips to make Phirni

  • The rice must be soaked for at least 1 hour so that it forms a fine paste when you grind it.
  • When you add milk to the paste and cook them together, make sure to keep stirring continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • The elaichi powder and rose water must be added after the mixture cools down.

FAQs on Phirni

1. Can I make phirni without saffron?

Yes, you can skip adding saffron. However, it is important to add some kind of flavor to it for great taste.

2. What is the difference between phirni and kheer?

Kheer is made from whole rice that is boiled whereas Phirni is made out of grinded rice paste.

3. Is phirni served hot or cold?

Phirni is always served cold unlike kheer.

4. For how long can I store phirni?

You can easily store phirni for about 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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