Mango Phirni (Firni) / Aam Ki Phirni Or Delicious Indian Mango Pudding
We will be concluding the series on Mango Recipes with this Delicious Indian Dessert called Mango Phirni / Firni or Aam Ki Phirni.
Here are 18 most unique and best Mango Recipes that will change the way you enjoy mangoes.
What is Phirni / Firni ?
Phirni is a North Indian dessert or sweet dish, having its roots in Mughlai cuisine, it’s origin can be traced back to Persia, Iran where a similar dessert still exist today. This delicious dessert phirni is a beautiful medley of thickened milk, broken basmati rice which is native to Uttar Pradesh. Or can be made with ground rice preferably basmati instead, sugar and decorated with almonds and pistachios, silver warq / leaves and scented with rose or attar.
Phirni involves a slow and long cooking process over low heat, needs constant stirring and monitoring till it thickens and become creamy and hence will become richer in taste.
Phirni is usually served chilled in earthen bowls called sakora which lend mellow scent of petrichor to this sweet dish. And I think this makes this dessert unique from the rest.
How To Flavour The Phirnis / Firnis?
From being a simple and earthy dessert once, Phirni has evolved into exotic dessert over period of time. While the old fashioned phirnis still enjoys the nostalgia, the flavoured and fusion versions will bring an exotic touch to your dessert table.
Phirni can be variously flavoured by nuts and spices and flavouring agents like rose phirni, kesar phirni, kalakand pirni, khova phirni or fruit phirnis like strawberry phirni , chikoo phirni, mango phirni and so on. In short you can flavour it as per the occasion and seasons.
Phirni is an essential festival dessert in many homes but we prefer it only in summers specially when it is made with ripe and juicy alphonso mangoes. Mangoes take this sublime earthy dessert to just another level.
Here are few mango based desserts that you might like-
What Are The Essential Ingredients Of Mango Phirni?
1)Ripe Mangoes. I prefer Alponso or Kesar mangoes only. You can use Badami mangoes too.
2) Basmati rice. Good quality basmati rice makes all the difference.
3) Full Cream Milk
4) Almond Powder / paste.
5) Rose essence or any other ittar or essence.
6) Khova or Mawa or dehydrated milk solids. This is optional and helps in case if you are not able to reduce the milk to desire quantity. It helps in making the phirni creamy and improves the taste too.
How Phirni is different from Rice Kheer?
Phirni is essentially made from ground rice (some old fashioned phirnis are made from broken basmati rice too) and ground almonds, chironji seeds.
Rice kheer is made from whole grained fragrant rice and has its own regional variations. Like this Bengali Rice Kheer .
Mango Phirni / Indian Rice Pudding
- 1 l Milk
- ¼ cup Basmati Rice
- Sugar as per the sweetness of the mangoes
- 1 cup Mango Puree (I have used alphonso mango)
- 2 tbsp Almond powder
- Sliced almonds
- Pistachio nuts for garnishing
- Rose essence
- Ghee as required
- 1 tsp Cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp khova / milk solids (optional)
- Soak the basmati rice for around 40 min. Drain the water, pat dry it using kitchen towel. Grind it in the mixer to get a coarse powder.
- Lightly fry the sliced almonds and pistachios in ghee. Keep aside.
- Prepare the mango puree and mix the cardamom powder with it. Keep aside.
- Bring the full cream milk to boil and once the milk is reduced little, say after 10 min, add the ground rice.
- Cook on low heat, keep stirring in between. Take care lump should not form. So stirring is important here.
- Once the phirni is reduced to half, add the sugar accordingly. Keep stirring on low heat. If you are using khova, add it now.
- By this time, phirni should be thickened around 70%. Add the almond powder. Mix it well. Cook on low heat for another 5 minute.
- Phirni will thickened more, once it is cooled down. So adjust the consistency accordingly.
- Once the phirni is cooled down, stir in the mango puree. Blend it very well. Add few drops of rose essence or any other essence.
- Garnish the phirnis with sliced almonds and pistachios.
Note – Phirnis are usually more thick and creamy. But I have kept it at kheer like consistency, as my kid won’t prefer , if it is too thick. So feel free to make this delicious dessert as per your palate. None the less ,it taste delicious.