Phirni – Rice Pudding

This article is a recipe for gluten free rice pudding – Phirni from India.

Facts about Rice

While browsing the internet a few days back, I stumbled upon some interesting facts about “Rice”. Now rice is a staple food in India and in much of Asia. So a few facts didn’t surprise me like the average Asian consumer eats 150 kilos of rice annually compared to the average European consumer who eats just 5 kilos annually. And you thought that everyone is busy cooking Chinese and Indian and Thai these days. Na, that’s just a rumor. Here are a few more facts

  • Asia is home to over 250 million rice farms
  • 65 kilos of rice are milled annually for every person on Earth
  • Rice is a symbol of fertility and is associated with marriages in India
  • A farmer and his buffalo must walk 80 kilometers to plow 1 hectare of land the traditional way
  • In India rice is associated with Goddess Lakshmi and is a symbol of prosperity
  • In Japan it’s said that the first cultivator of rice was the Sun Goddess Amatereshu-Omi-Kami
  • In Thailand, the Rice Mother Mae Posop is worshiped as rice itself
  • Although rice was accidentally discovered in America, it is used in many products like baby food, breakfast cereals, snacks, frozen foods and sauces and of course BEER ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who will forget Rice Krispies – a bowl of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is a breakfast treat that’s enjoyed by kids and adults alike. These Krispies remind me of a joke.

How to freak your roommate – An Idea

Talk to your bowl of Rice Krispies instead of talking to your roommate. Suddenly act offended, throw the bowl on the floor and kick it. Refuse to clean up the Krispies and explain spitefully – “No I won’t clean them up. I just want to watch them suffer” ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll try this on my roommates some time and see how they react ๐Ÿ˜‰

Phirni – Rice Pudding

In a continent where more than 90 percent of the world’s rice produce is grown and consumed, wouldn’t it be tragic to not have a dessert made of rice? That’s when we talk about Phirni. Branded as “Made in India”, Phirni is one of the oldest and most loved desserts in this country. This rice pudding is not only simple to make but tastes heavenly and is gluten free. The subtle taste of saffron and the crunch of dry fruits blends really well with the creamy texture of this amazing dessert. A simple yet perfect way to end a meal. Enjoy a chilled Phirni.

Phirni - Rice Pudding

Serving Size โ€“ Serves Four
Estimated Preparation Time โ€“ 15 Minutes
Estimated Cooking Time โ€“ 15 minutes

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100gm or 1/2 cup Soaked Rice (soaked in water for atleast an hour)

Soaked rice for Phirni

2 Cups Milk (Try Skimmed Milk to reduce calorie count)

4 Tbsp Sugar (Use Sucralose to reduce calorie count)

1 Tbsp Rose water

1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder

2 Tbsp Chopped Almonds or pistachio

A few strands of Saffron

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Drain the water from the soaked rice and put it in a blender. Make a smooth paste out of the soaked rice.

Rice for Phirni

Mix a little cold milk into the rice paste so that no lumps are formed. Keep aside.

In a saucepan heat milk. When milk comes to a boil, lower the heat and add the prepared rice paste.

Keep stirring thoroughly so that the rice paste gets mixed into the milk. The milk will start thickening now.

Simmer for a couple of minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder. mix well. More milk can be added now if the Phirni becomes too thick in consistency.

Boiling Rice Mixture for Phirni

Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.

Add rose water, saffron strands and chopped dry fruits.

Garnish Phirni with rose petals or dry fruits and refrigerate before eating.

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Phirni - Rice Pudding from India

Tip: You can add fresh fruit like mango, lychee or strawberry to Phirni for a new taste

Replace Milk with Skimmed Milk and use sugar replacers to reduce the calorie count

Nutritional Value

Calories- 510 Fat 18 g, Carbohydrates- 27 g, Protein- 32 g

Nutritional Value Per Serving:

Calories – 127.5, Fat – 4.5 g, Carbohydrates – 6.75 g, Protein – 8 g

Nutritional Value Per Serving with Skimmed Milk and Sucralose:

Calories – 101.2, Fat – 2.0 g, Carbohydrates – 6.2 g, Protein – 5.7 g

For a more detailed nutritional analysis per serving using skimmed milk and sucralose, click here

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Phirni – Indian Rice Pudding
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ashish Negi
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4
Branded as โ€œMade in Indiaโ€, Phirni is one of the oldest and most loved desserts in this country. This rice pudding is not only simple to make but tastes heavenly and is gluten free. The subtle taste of saffron and the crunch of dry fruits blends really well with the creamy texture of this amazing dessert. A simple yet perfect way to end a meal. Enjoy a chilled Phirni.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Milk (Try Skimmed Milk to reduce calorie count)
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar (Use Sucralose to reduce calorie count)
  • 1 Tbsp Rose water
  • 1/2 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Almonds or pistachio
  • A few strands of Saffron
Instructions
  1. Drain the water from the soaked rice and put it in a blender. Make a smooth paste out of the soaked rice.
  2. Mix a little cold milk into the rice paste so that no lumps are formed. Keep aside.
  3. In a saucepan heat milk. When milk comes to a boil, lower the heat and add the prepared rice paste.
  4. Keep stirring thoroughly so that the rice paste gets mixed into the milk. The milk will start thickening now.
  5. Simmer for a couple of minutes, add sugar and cardamom powder. mix well. More milk can be added now if the Phirni becomes too thick in consistency.
  6. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.
  7. Add rose water, saffron strands and chopped dry fruits.
  8. Garnish Phirni with rose petals or dry fruits and refrigerate before eating.
Serving size: 4 Calories: 510 Fat: 18g Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 32g
Notes

You can add fresh fruit like mango, lychee or strawberry to Phirni for a new taste

Replace Milk with Skimmed Milk and use sugar replacers to reduce the calorie count

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