Traditionally served in earthen pots and decorated with rose petals phirni is one of the most royal and rich desserts usually made on special occasions.
As today being a very auspicious day of Dussehra , I planned to make this lovely simple dessert .
Though traditionally it is mildly flavoured with just rose water and cardamoms , I used saffron , almonds and pistachios to make it more rich .
2 tbsp - basmati rice ( long grain fragrant rice )
1/2 litre - full cream milk
1/2 cup - sugar
2 tbsp - almonds slivers
2 tbsp - pistachio slivers
1/4 tsp - cardamom powder
a pinch - saffron strands
1/2 tsp - rose water
Wash the rice and soak it in water for at least half an hour.
Grind this soaked rice to a smooth paste in a grinder.
Mix this paste with little milk and keep aside.
Boil the remaining milk in a thick bottomed pan.
Add sugar , rose water and cardamom to the milk .
Soak saffron in 2 tbsp of hot milk and keep aside.
When the milk starts boiling add the above rice paste.
Keep on stirring constantly on a low or medium flame.
When the mixture thickens add saffron milk , and half the almond and pistachios.
Put it in small bowls or earthen pots and keep it in the fridge .
Serve this phirni completely chilled , garnished with remaining almonds n pistachios.