Gulabi Phirni

 

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Gulabi Phirni is an output of my pink obsessed pinktober. I am not a fan of desserts but then every year for diwali I do one Indian dessert. I had plans to do something elaborate this year but then Sarah got vaccinated and her left leg is swollen. I am at her side mostly so I thought of giving up on dessert making this time. But then I decided to do something simple rather. I had my neighbour’s daughter in mind and pink definitely excites her. Phirni is a very easy dessert with ground paste of rice cooked in milk, sugar and spices. I chose rose flavour to keep the phirni pink because this was also my concluding post for Salad nation’s ‘pinkyourfood’ contest.  I wanted to minimise the sugar levels but I ended up using half a tin of condensed milk. If you love easy desserts, this one should be on your list. Next time, I would keep in plain and simple with no flavours. And if you are looking for easy desserts for Diwali I don’t have many options but you can try the easy kalakand http://ooonuready.com/kalakand-under-30-minutes/

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Ingredients for Gulabi Phirni

Basmati rice- 1 cup

Milk- 1 litre + 3 tsp

Condensed milk- 100 ml

Rose syrup- 3 tsp

Cardamom powder- 1 tsp

Crushed almonds- a handful

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Directions

Wash and soak the rice in 1 cup water for 30 minutes. Drain and grind the rice to a fine paste. Use 3 tsp milk to grind the rice. See that the rice paste is not grainy. Boil the milk in sauce pan and once the milk has boiled, add the rose syrup. Add the ground rice paste after this and keep stirring over low flame because the milk will start to thicken at this point and if you don’t stir, you will have lumps. Cook the ground rice paste by stirring for 10-15 minutes over low flame. The phirni will give away a cooked smell off rice very soon and at this point add the cardamom powder and condensed milk. Add little milk if you find the paste too thick, because it will thicken further after it cools down. Garnish with crushed cardamoms and take the phirni off the flame. Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes and let the phirni cool down. Refrigerate the phirni and serve with more crushed almonds and rose petals before serving.

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Happy diwali people. We wish you a prosperous year full of joy, peace, health and plenitude. Hope you have a safe and eco-friendly Diwali.Stay tuned for our toddler challenge posts and till we meet again stay blessed and eat healthy.

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