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Phirni Recipe

Phirni recipe is a classical Indian Sweet Recipe made with ground rice.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword phirni recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 402kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 litre milk
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cardamom


  • Rinse the Basmati Rice and soak it in water for at least 1 hour.
  • Drain all the water spread it on a paper towel or a large plate and allow it to dry completely.
  • Add the cardamom to the dried rice and grind in a coffee grinder or dry grinder together till it resembles a fine semolina or sooji or rava.
  • Boil milk along with saffron in a large pan and add the rice powder gradually while stirring. If you add all the powder together, it might form a lump.
  • Stir frequently till the rice is fully cooked.
  • Add the sugar and cook till it thickens and achieves your preferred consistency.
  • Serve chilled garnished with dried nuts.



Drying rice and Chilling time have not been included in the total time. 
You can add in almonds and cashew along with rice to grind for enhanced flavor and taste. 
For best results, serve the phirni recipe chilled in a small earthen bowl. 
The following are just estimates and not actuals: