Saturday, 29 December 2012

Firni Recipe
Firni (phirni) is a traditional Indian eggless rice custard and is very easy to prepare.
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Basmati rice – 1 tbsp
Milk – ½ ltr
Sugar – 4 tbsp
Chopped cashew
Chopped pista
Saffron – 1 pinch
Kewra essence – ½ tsp

Take a small bowl and soak the saffron in 1 tbsp of warm milk. In a bowl take rice and sufficient water and keep aside for 3-4 hrs. Now drain the excess water and grind it to make a paste. Put milk in a pan and add the rice paste. Mix gently in low flame. Keep stirring constantly and scrap the sides of the pan. After 10-15 minutes, add sugar, soaked saffron and kewra essence. Mix well and simmer for 4-5 minutes. When it becomes thick remove from the fire. Pour into a serving bowl and keep aside to cool slightly and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled phirni and garnish with chopped cashew and pista.

Note: Some people use rice flour in place of rice to quicken the process. To bring variation in flavor you can use cardamom powder or rose essence instead of kewra essence and saffron. Little bit of condensed milk can also be added to milk. Chopped almonds can also be used in place of cashew. Please comment if anyone has tried any other variation.

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