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Preparation time
40 mins
Cooking time
30 mins
3 people
Meal course
Sweets & Desserts
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80 gm
Basmati Rice
600 ml
Full Cream Milk
200 gm
9 Nos
12 Nos
12 Nos
8 Strands
4 Nos
Green Cardamom
0 A Few
Rose Petals
2 Drops
Rose Essence
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About Phirni:

The Mughal Empire had offered a lot to the Indian subcontinent. Especially the Mughal cuisine teaches us a lot about them.

One of the mouth-watering desserts that anyone can find at the end of a proper Mughal lunch or dinner is Phirni, a wonderful variety of Kheer or Payas made with ground rice combined with milk, cream, sugar, rose essence and saffron.

It is a popular dessert in the region of Punjab in Pakistan as well as India. More or less it’s similar to the payasam which is served at the end of a gala lunch in South India. The only difference is that in the south it’s served hot and in the north, it’s served chill.

After having a Phirni at the nearby Dhaba I wanted to try it at my kitchen and this recipe is the outcome of my Phirni preparation.



  1. Fruits like Mangoes, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Kiwi can be added to the same recipe for making a fruit Phirni.
  2. The same can be tried with condensed milk, where the milk needs to be diluted by adding water and sugar is not required.
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  1. Soak the basmati rice in cold water for at least 1 hour. After draining it, grind the rice to a fine paste with 100ml milk and keep the rice paste aside.
  2. Finely powder the cashew, almonds and cardamom and set aside.
  3. Soak the saffron in a little milk.
  4. On medium flame heat a heavy bottomed vessel. Boil the remaining milk and reduce the heat to low once the milk starts bubbling.
  5. Add the rice paste to the milk and start stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  6. Add sugar, powdered cardamom, cashew & almond mix, saffron milk, rose essence and mix it well. Once the mixture starts thickening take it off from the heat.
  7. Pour into small dessert cups and garnish the dish with cashew, almonds raisins, and rose petals.
  8. Serve chilled.


  1. Priyanka said on April 13, 2017 Reply

    Lovely recipe. I am going to try this soon. Loved the phirni shot.

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    1. Taste Pot said on April 16, 2017 Reply

      Thank you Ms.Priyanka! Please do try it with fruits those I have suggested in my recipe. That would be amazing and taste so good! 🙂

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