Phirni is another popular Indian dessert, it is similar to Rice Kheer in preparation but has a different texture and flavor. It is a creamy rice based pudding which is always relished when chilled. 

Also try: Rice Kheer, Carrot Halwa, Kesar Malai Ladoo or Atta Ladoo.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian

Servings: 4

Time: Preparation – 25 Mins, Cooking –  35 Mins, Total – 1 hour.


  1. Whole Milk –  1 Litre
  2. Basmati Rice – 3 tbsp (soaked for 20 mins)
  3. Sugar – 1/4 Cup 
  4. Saffron Threads – 1 large pinch
  5. Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp
  6. Pistachios – to garnish (crushed).

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Phirni:

  1. Take soaked rice and rinse thoroughly. Drain the water. Transfer it to a grinding jar. Grind to a coarse powder. Keep aside
  2. Heat milk in a thick bottom pan and bring it to boil. Turn the flame to low 
  3. Take the coarse rice powder in a bowl and add 2-3 spoons of warm milk. Make a paste
  4. When milk starts to thicken. Add the rice paste slowly and stir well for about 5 mins, as lumps might get formed
  5. Cook on low flame till it starts to thicken and rice is cooked, stir occasionally. 
  6. Add saffron threads and mix. Cook till it thickens
  7. Turn off the flame. Add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well
  8. Your Phirni is ready. Chill it before serving as it tastes best when chilled.
  9. Top it with some crushed pistachios while serving.

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