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February 23, 2011


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PHIRNI, a famous North Indian dessert is usually made with rice soaked & grind to a smooth paste.For a change i tried with rice flour suggested by MB in her cookbook. Its very easy to make and tasted great .Its a very good replacement for Payasam .Usually Phirni looks thick. I made it little thin as per our taste.Please make it as u need.I have updated this recipe as per the suggestions given by an anonymous reader...If u want to make badam phirni, soak few badams in water , blanch & chop them finely. Add the chopped badam at the end after switching off the flame.I used badam just to garnish.


  • Milk – 1/2 litre ( around 2 cups )
  • Rice flour – 3/4 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cashewnuts , pista & badam – Few (finely chopped)
  • Rose water  or kewara - 1/2 tsp (for additional flavor , i dint use)
  • Mix rice flour in 1/2 cup of milk and without forming any lumps.
  • Heat rest of the milk in a heavy vessel.
  • When it starts to boil ,add the rice flour paste and cook stirring constantly.
  • It takes nearly 15-20 minutes to thicken . Keep the flame medium low - high to avoid spilling.Stir now & then..
  • When the milk becomes thick add sugar & switch off the flame..
  • Stir well till the sugar dissolves completely. Check for sweetness .
  • Mix cardamom powder , rose water & chill in refrigerator (* Do not freeze )
Serve in small cups with fried nuts on top !!
  • I made it slightly thin..Add milk if u want more diluted.Adjust sugar accordingly.
  • Thickening time of milk may vary according to the heat. 
  • U can add saffron soaked in warm milk instead of cardamom powder & name it as “ kesar phirni “
  • We can use fine chiroti rawa for thickening of milk instead of rice flour.
Phirni collage


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  1. very nice and yummy one.i have recently saw an instant phirni from GITS brand.very simple and easy one to try.Nice and bright clicks

  2. I yet to try making phirni ..this looks yum and nice clicks

  3. interesting pudding!!tempting pic n delicious !!!

  4. This looks delicious and easy to make.

  5. Love the taste of Phirni.looks super delicious !!

  6. looks delicious dear...
    nice clicks :)

  7. awesome it looks-- quite some time i made this; ur clicks tempt me

  8. really tempting yaar...delicious.

  9. Awesome..I love phirnis and your looks very delicious!

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  10. Yumm, very tempting and mouthwatering pudding...

  11. Looks really yummy and tempting phirni.

  12. BEautiful clicks and my fav dessert..looks tempting,

  13. I am sure that the children will love it. Thank you for the recipe. :-)

  14. I too make this way.Your blog looks so beautiful.Loved the pics :)

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  16. Phirini looks delicious. I haven't tried yet. i need to.

  17. Wonderful kheer recipe....Luv the click...

  18. Irresistible phirni, beautiful clicks..

  19. Never made phirni, look so tasty ur click!

  20. Creamy and delicious phirni....

  21. creamy and delicious phirni! lovely click!

  22. yummy looking phirni! long since I have had it!

  23. Yummy,phirni looks amazing! I have been thinking for trying kesar phirni as well :)

  24. I love it..I make it bit thicker almost to a pudding consistency...looks yumm

  25. thatis really original recipe. Simple but simultaneously tasty. I thing I am going to make this. ;)

  26. rice flour pudding...looks so delicious

  27. hi i havent tastaed it yet but heard of it luks yum

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  29. yeah with rice flour it becomes much simpler. and i trust you for the taste of it...can you increase the font size by one...or am i the only one having trouble??

  30. It is a very easy and tasty recipe. However it took longer than stated (it took me about 25 mins as I boiled the milk on medium low).
    My suggestions are:
    - boil the milk mixture in medium high (not on low as given in the instructions). Probably with this I would have taken 15 mins.
    - add 1/2 tsp of rose water or kewara for added flavour.

    1. Thanks for trying and the suggestions.Have updated the recipe :)

  31. I cooked it at home once, it was not good. But I will try your recipe. I hope I will make good this time.
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