I prepared Phirni and was determined to post it today itself. As always, the photo session was a very hurry one. I thought i could convert the video into photo. I couldn't. So you may have to click on it to view.
Phirni is a thickened rice dessert with a nutty flavour from the almonds and pistachios.
Milk - 300 ml
Rice flour (Idiyappam flour) - 3 tsp or 3tbsp raw rice soaked & ground to paste
Sugar - 3 heaped tbsp + extra if u need
Rose essence - 2 drops or Rose water - 1 tsp
Cardamom - 3
Pistachios and Almonds - 15 each slivered
Rose petals - optional
Water - 3 - 5 tbsp
Make a paste by mixing the rice flour and water. Heat milk in low flame and add the rice paste and mix well. Stir continuously in low flame till the rice flour is fully incorporated with milk. Taste it. When milk turns to a thickened consistency, like a condensed milk, add sugar, cardamom powder and rose essence. Continue stirring. Taste it. If you need more sugar add it. Add 3/4th of the slivered nuts and stir and taste it to check whether the rice flour is fully cooked. Turn off heat. Continue stirring to prevent the formation of lumps. When warm, spoon the phirni into pudding / dessert bowls. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours. Take it out of the refrigerator and garnish with remaining nuts and rose petals.
This is a very simple recipe. Make sure you keep all the ingredients and serving bowls ready before you start the preparation.
I'll try to upload a photo soon (instead of this video).