Monday, January 9, 2012


Serves 10-12

Phirni is a rice pudding which is richly infused with saffron and cardamom. 
It has a creamy texture and is very smooth on the palate. It is a perfect dessert for any get together.

1/2 cup Basmati Rice
7 cups Whole Milk
1 cup Half and Half
6 pods Green Cardamom, crushed
8-10 strands Saffron
1/3 cups Almonds
1/3 cup Raisins
1 cup Brown Sugar

Soak the rice for 1/2 hr and grind it coarsely in a blender and set aside.
Heat the milk, half and half, cardamoms and saffron in a stockpot on medium heat for 20 minutes. Now mix in the rice very slowly into the milk mixture by constantly stirring it so that no lumps are formed. Cook it for 5 minutes then add almonds and raisins and let it cook for 20 minutes. Add in the sugar and mix well. You can either serve it slightly warm or cool it in a fridge for 2 hrs. For a deeper flavor make it a day ahead before serving and add some milk in case it has become thick.