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Gulab Phirnee: A Diwali Dessert

Rozy Mehta | November 12, 2020
Gulab Phirnee: A Diwali Dessert

Tracing its roots to the Middle East, phirnee or ‘rice pudding’ is a dessert enjoyed by people of various cultures. Phirnee is also known as the more exotic cousin of the traditional kheer. It is said that a bowl of kheer is like a warm hug and a bowl of phirnee like a breath of cool, fresh air.

One such phirnee that not only renders that coolness but also stirs up some extra sweetness is the gulab phirnee. A fragrant and delicious rice dessert that is flavoured with rose petals, it goes particularly well with a traditional Indian meal that is laid out during the festival of lights!

Ingredients

Basmati rice – 6 tbsp

Whole milk – 1 ltr

Condensed milk – 400 gm

Water – ½ cup

Green cardamom – ½ tsp; freshly ground

Rosewater – 1 tsp

Saffron threads – 1 pinch (leave aside a few threads for the garnish)

For the garnish

 Pistachios – 1 tbsp; crushed

Rose petals – 1 tbsp

Silver leaf – 1 pc

Method

  1. Soak the rice in water for an hour.
  2. Strain and reserve all the water except for just 1 tablespoon.
  3. Grind the rice with the remaining water to a fine paste. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the milk and the condensed milk in a wide saucepan for about 5 – 6 mins. The liquid should be warm, not boiling.
  5. Add the rice paste and whisk it to ensure no lumps remain.
  6. If it starts to thicken too much, add the reserved soaking liquid.
  7. Cook on a very low heat, stirring it all the time, until the milk forms a custard-like consistency. It takes between 20 and 30 minutes to thicken.
  8. Add the ground cardamom, rosewater and some saffron. Remove from the fire.
  9. Keep stirring as the mixture cools down.
  10. Set the phirnee in glass or terracotta bowls and refrigerate covered.
  11. Garnish with the silver leaf, crushed pistachio, rose petals and saffron.

This simple but refreshing recipe is a sure hit at all Diwali parties. Do share with us your experience when making it in the comments section below.


Rozy Mehta

Rozy is a tea lady and she has spent over 32 years in the tea estates. She is very fond of cooking and trying out traditional Indian recipes. There were no caterers in those days and so she would cook in large quantities for all club and company meets. She once made phirnee for a party at home which turned out to be a major hit. Henceforth, whenever phirnee was on the dessert menu for a club meet or a company do, everyone requested her to serve up the treat yet again. She now shares her famous recipe for ElByte exclusively.

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Shefali Gupta
Shefali Gupta
3 years ago

I have had this and can avow that the Phirnee which Rozy makes is impossible to replicate.

Dr manoj agarwal
Dr manoj agarwal
3 years ago

Would love to have them mam🤣… waiting for an invitation where you have phirni (made by you) in the menu😋

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