When it comes to Traditional Indian desserts, nothing can beat Phirni.. A thick creamy milk pudding flavored with cardamoms and saffron. Soaked and ground Basmati rice is added to the milk and cooked on low flame stirring continuously until it thickens. I have used the Spanish Nitu Didi Saffron ( Nitu Chugani ) that I had won recently on Masala Minds. As we all know that Spanish saffron is the best in the world. A pinch of it gives the wonderful flavour and colour to the dish..while the phirni was cooking my house was filled with the sweet aroma of this amazing spice.
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Now on to the Recipe :
Milk ...... 1 ltr. ( Full Cream )
Basmati rice ... 1/2 cup
Sugar .............. 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder .. 1/4 tsp
Saffron ................. 2 pinches ( one pinch for cooking, one for garnishing )
Unsalted pistachios .. 1 tbsp ( powdered coarsely )
1. Wash and soak the Basmati rice in half cup milk for few hours. Grind to a paste using milk.