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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kesari Phirni

Phirni is a traditional North Indian sweet dish / kheer made of milk, rice and sugar. Here is the recipe for Kesari Phirni in a microwave.

  • 50 gms long grain rice / basmati rice
  • 500 ml milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 50 gms / 7 tbsp sugar
  • A few strands of saffron
  • 1 tsp whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp seedless raisins
  • 3 tbsp almonds, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cashew nuts, halved
  • 3 tbsp pista, sliced


  1. Clean wash and soak the rice in 100 ml water for 30 mins. Drain the water and grind rice to form a smooth paste with a little water. keep aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, boil milk at 100% power for 6-7 minutes. Stir in between. Microwave again at 50% power for 5 more mins.
  3. Add sugar, rice paste, saffron and half of the dried fruits. Cover the bowl and microwave at 60% power for 10 mins or until it thickens. (The kheer will thicken if allowed to stand either in the microwave or at room temperature for 10 minutes).
  4. When cool, add cream. Microwave at 40% power for 7-8 mins.
  5. Take the dish out of the microwave and cool slightly.
  6. Garnish the kheer with rest of the dried fruits and cardamom powder and chill in the refrigerator.
  7. Serve chilled.

Tips: for a low calorie kheer, use toned milk and reduce the amount of dry fruits and omit cream.

Sending this delicious pasta kheer to MEC : Puddings hosted by Jayasree (the event started by Srivalli)


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