Zafrani Phirni

Dessert made from saffron milk and rice


  • 1 liter full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 2 pinches Zafran / saffron, soaked in milk
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, blanched peeled
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Few saffron threads for garnish
  • almonds and pistachios, chopped
  • 2 drops kewda (screw pine) essence


  1. Soak rice for an hour. Drain and dry. Grind dried rice to coarse powder.
  2. Heat milk. Bring to boil and then simmer for 30 minutes till it reduces 3/4th.
  3. Add ground rice powder. Keep stirring. Add saffron, sugar, blanched nuts. Mix well.
  4. Simmer till thick creamy consistency is achieved. Sprinkle cardamom powder and kewda essence. Mix well.
  5. Cool and garnish with almonds, pistachios and saffron strands. Serve Zafrani Phirni chilled in earthen pots.

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