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Phirni Recipe

Kesar Phirni recipe to make this decadent and creamy ground rice pudding richly flavoured with saffron. Phirni is a slow-cooked Indian pudding made with ground rice, milk, sugar and kesar!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, north indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • kadai


  • ¼ cup rice
  • 1 litre milk
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 30 saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio


  • Wash rice thoroughly in plain water and drain out the water.
  • Let the rice grain dry under the fan or dab them dry over a kitchen towel.
  • Now grind these rice in a dry grinder. Keep the texture of rice coarse. It should resemble rava or couscous. Never make a fine powder.
  • Keep these rice aside.
  • In a small bowl, soak a few strands of saffron in 2-3 tablespoons of water.
  • Heat one litre of milk in a pan and allow it to simmer till it becomes ¾th of the volume.
  • Now add ground rice, mix them.
  • Cook the rice and milk for 10-12 minutes until it starts to thicken and starts looking like pudding/custardy consistency.
  • Keep it stirring in between.
  • Now add sugar and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add saffron water and rose water (if adding).
  • Mix well and switch off the heat.
  • Transfer this to another bowl and chill it in the fridge.
  • Stir well before serving in a bowl. Garnish with pistachio slivers and some saffron water.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg