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Close up shot of kesar phirni sweet in earthen pot with a spoon.
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5 from 4 votes


Phirni is a delicious classic Indian sweet rice pudding that tastes great and made on festive occasions. This fragrant creamy dessert is especially made during the month of Ramadan. It is light on stomach and sweet on taste buds.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Desserts, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


  • ½ cup Rice
  • A generous 2 pinches of good quality saffron soaked
  • ¼ cup Milk warm
  • 1 litre Full Cream Milk
  • ½ cup Sugar (you may add more if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoon Almonds blanched peeled and slivered
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • 2 drops Kewda screw pine essence

For Garnish:-

  • Slivered almonds and pistachios
  • Few saffron threads
  • Silver leaf warq


  • Clean, wash and soak rice for an hour.
  • Drain the water and spread it on a plate to dry for 1 and half hours.
  • Grind the dried rice to coarse powder.
  • Soak saffron in ¼ cup of warm milk and keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add 1 litre of milk and bring it to boil.
  • Simmer milk on low heat for 30 minutes till it reduces to ¾ amount.
  • Add ground rice powder and keep stirring for 3-4 minutes to avoid lump formation.
  • Add saffron milk, sugar, slivered almonds and mix well.
  • Simmer for another 15-20 minutes until it gets thick and creamy but pourable consistency. Stir intermittently.
  • Add cardamom powder, kewda essence and mix well.
  • Take it off the heat allow it to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Pour the prepared phirni in an earthen pots or bowls.
  • Garnish with slivered almonds and pistachios, saffron strands and silver leaf(warq).
  • Chill it in refrigerator for few hours.
  • Serve chilled.


Do not over thicken phirni while cooking as it further thickens once poured in serving bowl to set.
Addition of saffron or kesar is totally optional, you can add it or skip it.
Modify the amount of sugar as per your taste.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg