• ¾ cup basmati rice
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half (10% cream)
  • ¼ cup sugar + a little extra if you like your phirni sweeter
  • 2 pods cardamom, seeds removed and crushed lightly
  • A generous pinch of saffron
  • A handful of unsalted pistachios, shelled and chopped roughly


  • Put the rice in a food processor or blender, and whirl until coarsely powdered.
  • Place the powdered rice in Sunflame Deep karahi, then add the 3 cups milk and crushed cardamom seeds.
  • Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring ocasionally, until the rice is tender and cooked. I like a little texture to my pudding, so I prefer to keep my rice a little on the undercooked side, but you can cook the rice completely to make it super soft. Just simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the half and half and the sugar, and stir. Add the saffron. Bring the heat back up to medium, and cook until the pudding is thick and creamy.
  • This dessert can be served warm or cold. If serving cold, pour into small bowls and chill in the fridge until set. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios on top.

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