Sunday, March 8, 2015

STRAWBERRY PHIRNI

STRAWBERRY PHIRNI

Phirni is a traditional Indian rice pudding. It is pretty easy to make. I was looking for an easy to make recipe for dessert as we had invited some guests when I came across this delicious Strawberry Phirni in a video on YouTube from Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

This is best made out of fresh strawberries but if you don't have these, you can make do with canned strawberries or even strawberry crush. The rice used should preferably be of Basmati variety. The amount of sugar required will depend on the sweetness of the strawberries you use.



Ingredients:

  • Fresh Strawberries, 12-15
  • Basmati Rice, 4 tbsp
  • Milk, 5 cups
  • Sugar, 3/4 cup, or to taste
  • Cardamom Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Pistachios, 8-10
  • Almonds, 6-8
Method:

Clean, wash and soak the Basmati rice for one hour in sufficient quantity of water, 
Drain the soaked rice and in a mixer grind this to a coarse paste. 
Add half a cup of water to the coarsely ground rice paste. Keep aside.
Wash the strawberries and chop them ( keeping aside a few for garnishing)
Blanch the pistachios and almonds, finely slice them and keep aside.
In a thick-bottomed vessel, heat the milk and when it boils, reduce the heat and add the rice paste gradually, stirring it in continuously taking care not to allow lumps to be formed. Also make sure, it doesn't get burnt at the bottom of the vessel
Keep stirring as the milk becomes thicker and allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Now add the sugar, and cardamom powder, mix well and stir till the sugar fully dissolves in the phirni
Remove from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature,
Add the chopped strawberries and mix well
Serve the phirni chilled, in earthenware bowls or ceramic bowls, garnished with pistachios, almonds and sliced strawberries,

* If using earthenware bowls, it is advisable to soak them in water for half an hour before use.