How to make Phirni – Indian Rice pudding recipe

        Pal payasam/Kheer/rice pudding is an exclusive Indian dessert mostly prepared during festive occasions. As I had mentioned in my previous mail that vadai and payasam is certainly made during any Tamil festival. I had made this payasam for Deepavali lunch.

         There are various ways people prepare this dessert. Some use precooked rice and then add it to the milk. Some use soaked rice and then cook it along with the milk.

       This time,I prepared it in a slightly different manner. I made it in the north indian style called phirni where the rice is broken to a semolina like consistency.


       It was really delicious. I love it chilled!!

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How to make Phirni - Indian Rice pudding recipe Yum
Course dessert
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Rice
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup Sugar
  • 5 Cashews
  • 5 Almonds
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • a pinch Cardamom powder
  • strands Kesar / saffron - few
Course dessert
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Rice
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup Sugar
  • 5 Cashews
  • 5 Almonds
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • a pinch Cardamom powder
  • strands Kesar / saffron - few
Instructions
  1. Soak the rice for an hour.
  2. Drain the water.
  3. Add a spoon of milk.
  4. Then grind it to a coarse paste(consistency of fine rava).
  5. Heat a pan and add ghee. Fry the nuts till they turn golden brown
  6. Boil the milk. Add the rice paste.
  7. Add the sugar.
  8. Add the cardamom powder and kesar.
  9. Keep stirring till the rice gets cooked and the volume of milk slightly reduces and the whole mixture thickens.
  10. Add the roasted nuts.
Recipe Notes

  Serve hot or chilled.

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23 thoughts on “How to make Phirni – Indian Rice pudding recipe”

  1. Amazing! I just came from a French blog and read a rice pudding with creme anglaise. Each country has it’s own rice pudding and I think all rice puddings are delicious.

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  3. Looks good Sowmya!I made this on Diwali day – I had sugar syrup left over from ladoos..and had chopped nuts left over from my burfi – added it all to the payasam and it was great! This is truly Indian comfort food!

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