How to make Thandai Phirni -

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Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Milk (दूध), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Mithais

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Thandai Phirni

Thandai Phirni Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Thandai Phirni Recipe

  • Milk 5 cups

  • Basmati rice soaked and drained 4 tablespoons

  • Almonds blanched and peeled 25-30

  • Cashewnuts broken 8-10

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Black pepeprcorns 10-12

  • Melon seeds (magaz) 2 tablespoons

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus) 2 tablespoons

  • Green cardamoms 5-6

  • Saffron 8-10 stran to garnish

  • Sugar 1/2 cup

  • Dried rose petals a few + to garnish

  • Nutmeg powder a pinch

  • Pistachios blanched and slivered 8-10


Step 1

Heat 4½ cups of milk in a non-stick kadai on high heat till it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for 6-8 minutes or till it reduces a little.

Step 2

Put almonds in a grinder jar, add cashewnuts, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, melon seeds, poppy seeds, green cardamoms and saffron and grind to a coarse powder.

Step 3

Put rice in another grinder jar, add remaining milk and grind to a fine paste. Add this paste to the reduced milk, mix well and cook, stirring continuously, till the rice is completely cooked.

Step 4

Add 3-4 tsps of mixed nut powder and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously so that no lumps form.

Step 5

Add sugar, crush rose petals and add to the kadai and mix till the sugar dissolves completely.

Step 6

Add a pinch of nutmeg powder and mix well. Take it off the heat.

Step 7

Transfer the prepared phirni into earthen bowls and tap them lightly to remove any air pockets. Refrigerate till the phirni cools completely.

Step 8

Garnish with pistachio slivers, saffron strands and dried rose petals and serve chilled.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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