Dessert Diwali Special Indian cuisine Indian sweets


Phirni in clay pots

Phirni is one of the few desserts which needs just three ingredients. This is especially important, in this lockdown where food is scarce. This is a quick dessert to make. Phirni is a North of Indian dish. It’s a dense version of Kheer (Rice pudding), made with coarse, ground rice.  Best served chilled in clay pots. It’s a must for Diwali and Holi up North.

Cuisine : Indian

Cook time : 30 minutes

Prep time : 30 minutes

Yield : 6 servings


  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 2 tbsp Basmati rice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-4 pods of cardamoms Or 1tsp of cardamom powder.
  • few strands of Saffron (optional)
  • chopped nuts for garnish


  • Soak rice in the water for 20 minutes. Drain the rice and let the rice dry on a paper towel for 10 minutes.
  • Coarse grind the rice without water. 
  • Get milk to a boil, than add the coarse ground rice and stir constantly, making sure there are no lumps.
  • Once the rice is fully cooked, add sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Mixture should be the constancy of pancake batter.
  • Scoop the Phirni into individual clay pots. Garnish with nuts and saffron.
  • Serve chilled

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment and let me know how it turned out.

By Cardamomncream

Hi, I’m Neeta and welcome to my blog, Cardamomncream. On this blog, you will find family recipes and some new recipes, but with a twist.
Cooking comes naturally to me, I guess I inherited it from my maternal grandmother. I love baking as it’s a good activity to spend time with my kids.
Baking is my first love. I had a home based baking business of custom cakes. But, with constant moves comes adjusting and settling to new environments and starting over again. So decided to share my experience and knowledge with you all.
The idea behind the blog is to document all my recipes and experience with food, and record all my traditional family recipes, which is a part of my culture.

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