Phirni is a very popular North Indian dessert usually prepared during festivals. The recipe made with ground rice and milk. This traditional sweet dish is a very simple yet delicious recipe. It does not require too much time to cook if the right ingredients are in place. What is the difference between kheer and phirni?

It is the rich & creamy texture of the delicacy that is prepared with rice blend and infused with aromatic essence. There are various versions of this traditional Indian sweet dish such as Badam Phirni, Kesar Phirni, and Apple Phirni. So, add your twist of flavors and make this delicious dessert recipe personalized and even more interesting.


  • 5 tbsp basmati rice (soaked)
  • 1-litre milk full cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp green cardamom powder / elachi powder
  • Saffron a pinch
  • 10-15 Pistachios blanched, peeled and sliced


Step 1
Soak 5 tbsp of basmati rice in water for 1 hour.

Step 2
After an hour, discard the water and blend rice into a coarse paste and keep it aside.

Step 3
Take a large wok and boil 1-litre milk in it. Then add the rice and allow it to cook on low flame. When you see that the milk is reduced to half, the rice is completely cooked.

Step 4
Now add ¾ cup of sugar and a pinch of Saffron to it. Mix it well till the milk thickens and turn creamy.

Step 5
Add in cardamom powder and mix well.

Step 6
Finally, serve chilled Phirni garnished with few chopped Pistachios.