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Phirni Recipe | How to Prepare Rice Phirni | Easy Indian Dessert Recipe for Festivals

Phirni is an amazingly tasty delightful dessert that is served after a scrumptious festive meal.

This rice and milk based pudding is made with great care and devotion and served with various 
garnishes on top. Some sprinkle few strings of kesar, or finely chopped almond and pista pieces, or rose petals, or some also prefer topping the bowl with pomegranate seeds.

This classic India sweet is a favourite dessert and is mainly prepared during festivals, marriages, ceremonies and special happy occasions.

indian dessert phirni recipe

The recipe is just apt for this season of Navaratri.

Here is a quick look at how is Phirni/Firni made.

You will need

Half cup long grain rice (basmati rice)
One litre thick milk
Half cup sugar
Few strands of saffron (kesar)
One spoon of cardamom powder (elaichi)

Phirni Recipe – Indian Dessert Recipe for Festivals

Wash and soak long grain rice in water for about 4 hours.

Soaked Basmati Rice for Rice Phirni

Then drain the water and spread the rice on a clean cotton cloth so the traces of water are absorbed.
Allow it on the cloth for about 10 minutes. 

basmati rice india

Then collect all the spread rice into one heap on the cloth and cover the heap with a piece of cloth or just roll over the cloth on which it is spread.

With the help of a rolling pin, crush the rice. 

rice phirni recipe

The long grain of rice will reduce to 3-4 small pieces.

Meanwhile in a heavy thick bottomed vessel, heat milk. When the milk is considerably hot, take about 2-3 spoon of hot milk in a separate bowl and add strands of saffron and keep aside.

dissolved saffron

Allow the milk to boil. Once the milk boils, add the broken rice pieces and keep stirring until the rice is completely cooked.

condensed milk

Stirring continuously without any break is a must.

rice phirni recipe

Add sugar, cardamom powder, dissolved saffron, cashew pieces and continue boiling

By the time rice is cooked, the milk would have reduced to half the original quantity.

rice and milk pudding phirni recipe

The entire process of boiling until all the ingredients blend together, will take approximately about 30-45 minutes.

phirni recipe indian dessert

Allow it to cool and garnish as needed. Phirni is usually served cold in earthen pots.


Sugar is not to be added while nearing the end of the preparation. Add sugar well in advance and allow it to dissolve completely and prolonged boiling of sugar syrup along with milk is also recommended.

Make sure that the rice is cooked properly before you add sugar. Once sugar is added, rice is not cooked further.

The taste is unique when the earthen pots are soaked in water for atleast 2 hours before using, and also when phirni is allowed to stand in the earthen pots for another 2 hours before serving.

Try this simple and easy dessert recipe to serve your guests during festivals.

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