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Indian Desert : Phirni

Updated on November 18, 2013
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When I was in college, one of my friends insists me to try this dish in a Bengali restaurant and from then, I felt in love with Phirni. It is milk and rice based sweet dish. It is popular in North India and Pakistan. There are differ types of Phirni like Badam Phirni, Kesar Phirni, Rice Phirni, Mango Phirni etc. Phirni recipe is very easy and can be prepared with various common and exotic ingredients.

Here I’ll describe the Phirni prepared by rice and milk only. It is easy to make and available in every kitchen.

History of Phirni

I am not very much sure about the exact history or the origin of Phirni, but it is believed to be originated from Kashmir during the Mughal Empire in India.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6 bowls for 6 people


  • 3 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 th cup rice, soaked for 2-3 hours & ground to a fine paste
  • 1 tsp kewra water or rose water (optional)
  • 5-6 seeds of green pista
  • 4-5 almonds, sliced into thin long pieces
  • 1/4 th cup , or to taste sugar, powdered
  • 5-6 seeds of green cardamom, powdered
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  1. Soak rice in a little water for 2-3 hours.Grind in mixer with little water to a very fine paste.
  2. Boil the milk in a pan and simmered for few minutes.
  3. Mix the ground rice and milk in a dish.Stirred continuously in order to get a smooth paste.
  4. Cooked on low flame(approx for 6-8 mins) until milk thickens.Stir with wire whisk,after sometimes to prevent lumps formation.Break lumps if any.
  5. Add sugar.Mix well and cook for 1-2 mins and stirring in between.
  6. Mix well.Cool.Add rose/kewra water and cardamom powder.Pour in individual bowls.
  7. Decorate with green pista, almond and cardamom powder.
  8. Serve chilled after 2-3 hours.
  9. Try it and taste ...


This dish can also be prepared in microwave with same duration of time.

Serving :

Serving of Phirni deals with unique style. Traditionally it is poured in separate clay pots (bowl) and is served separately. To make it more traditional and natural, it is eaten with wooden spoon.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 (100 gm), for 6 persons (600 gm)
Calories 240
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 22 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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1) Use wide bottomed non-stick pan for cooking purpose, because milk thickens quicker in this type of pan and give you the best result.

2) To make it more attractive, place Silver paper/ foil on top of the Phirni and take it out carefully.

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    • tanveerbadyari profile image

      tanveerbadyari 4 years ago

      thanks for the hub, as i am from kashmir, i love eating phirni during winters when it is tastes wonderful.

    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 5 years ago

      Though I have tasted phirni I never knew how it was made. I must try now. Thanks for sharing.

    • M K Paul profile image

      M K Paul 5 years ago from India

      Yes , delicious and healthy too

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have never heard of this dish before now. I can see why you like it. It looks delicious.

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      M K Paul 5 years ago from India

      Hmmm.try it.

    • ashish04joshi profile image

      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      never had...

      have to try it...seems interesting. I love cooking also.

    • M K Paul profile image

      M K Paul 5 years ago from India

      Thanks anglnwu

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love Indian food and this dessert is very interesting. Rated up.