Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar. Such desserts are found on many continents, especially Asia where rice is a staple.
The following ingredients are usually found in rice puddings:
- rice; white rice (usually short grain, but can also be long grain, basmati, or jasmine rice), brown rice, black rice
- milk; (whole milk, coconut milk, cream or evaporated)
- spices; (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger etc.)
- flavorings; (vanilla, orange, lemon, pistachio, rose water etc.)
- sweetener; (sugar, brown sugar, honey, sweetened condensed milk, fruit or syrups)
Hi friends! A delicious and fragrant milk and rice based Indian dessert served cold. Milk thickened with rice flour and flavored with cardamom, and saffron.This recipe is contributed by an avid blog user Mrs. Usha Mehta
Cook time : 15 minutes
Cuisine : North Indian, Punjabi
Course : Dessert, Indian Dessert
- 40 gms Rice flour
- 500 ml Milk, Low fat
- 1/2 cup milk, for mixing rice flour
- 3 green cardamoms, powdered
- A pinch saffron / Kesar strands
- 60 gms sugar
- 1 tbsp Almonds, slivered
In a mixing bowl mix rice powder and 1/2 cup milk together to a smooth lump free paste.
In a sauce pan take 500 ml milk, bring it to boil reduce the heat and add the rice paste stirring continuously .
Add cardamom powder, saffron, and sugar. Keep stirring till thick and lump free.
Once thickened switch off the stove, pour the phirni mixture into serving dish.
Top it with slivered almonds and some Chirongi.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve chill.
Note: Serving and Eating of Phirni
Phirni is served as a dessert after meals. The way of serving this dish is quite distinctive. Traditionally, the rice and milk mixture is poured in separate earthen bowls. While serving, each bowl is served separately. Garnishing plays an important role in serving of this popular sweet dish. It can be done with chopped dry-fruits and raisins. Silver paper also known as ‘chandi wark’ is placed on top of the rice and milk mixture. It is usually eaten with dessert spoon or traditionally with wooden spoon.
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