Thursday, November 4, 2010

Carrot Phirni......and Happy Diwali!!!!

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Phirni is a very rich and creamy rice pudding and is a popular traditional dessert in India.It is very simple to make when it is made bit carefully otherwise one can even mess up with this simple dessert.Phirni is more versatile and is more open to the flavors like kesar phirni,carrot phirni,Badam phirni,peach phirni,strawberry phirni,apple phirni,mango phirni etc etc.Even though kesar phirni is quite common at my place,the very first time I saw madhu's 'carrot phirni' I was really bowled with its lovely color and I wanted to make it immediately very badly.Since then carrot phirni also joined my dessert menu and now I would like to share with you.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup fragrant basmati rice
1/2 litre full cream milk

3 big carrots,peeled and steamed/boiled

1/2 cup sugar
few strands of saffron

3 tbsp chopped cashewnuts
3 cardamoms,extract seeds and pound in mortar and pestle
a pinch of nutmeg powder

2 tsp ghee
4-5 pistachios,slivered
4-5 almonds,slivered


Method:
  • Soak saffron in 2 tbsp warm milk for half an hour.
  • Soak basmati rice in water for half an hour.Drain the rice and grind to a slight coarse paste.Add boiled carrots and grind to a smooth paste.Do not make into a very smooth paste,a slight coarse paste works best in giving a nice texture to the dessert.
  • Heat ghee in a small pan and roast the cashew nuts until they turn light golden in color.
  • Heat milk in a thick bottomed pan when it starts bubbling,simmer the flame and slowly add the rice-carrot mixture and sugar and stir continuously until it forms a thick mixture.It takes approximately 8-10 mins.This step is most critical as you might end up with lumpy solution if you don't stir it continuously.If you end up having lumps,do not panic strain the mixture into another vessel and press the lumps in the strainer with the help of back of the laddle.Again keep the mixture back on the stove and continue cooking.
  • Add saffron milk,cardamom powder,nutmeg powder and fried cashewnuts and mix well.Once the mixture is thick turn off the stove.
  • Pour the mixture into the individual moulds/earthern pots and garnish with slivered/flaked almonds,pistachios and saffron strands.
Allow them to cool and keep in refrigerator for 2-3 hrs and serve chilled.This can be eaten warm,but the chilled one tastes better.This stay for 3-4 days if refrigerated.

Variations:
  • Kesar Phirni: Just avoid carrots in the above recipe and follow the same procedure.
  • Apple Phirni: Make kesar phirni as above and let it cool and before it gets set,add grated apples and mix and then let it sit.
  • Strawberry Phirni:Make kesar phirni as above and let it cool a bit,before it gets set add finely chopped fresh strawberries and mix and then let it sit.

33 comments:

Prathima Rao said...

I love phirnis but nvr tried out wid carrots...What a rich treat for this festive season!!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Orangey treat...luv carrots in any form...Looks yum

Pari said...

Phirni tastes best in the kulhad and that too chilled. Love the color and nice variations with the phirni.
Wish u and ur DH a very happy diwali.
FOODELICIOUS

Priya said...

Wow wonderful looking phirni, am an addict to phirni, cant wait to try urs..Beautiful clicks..

My Diwali wishes to u and ur family Prathy..

An Open Book said...

those bowls look super cute

Kurinji said...

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http://kurinjikathambam.blogspot.com/2010/11/sunshine-award.html

Happy Diwali!!!

Shalini said...

carrot phirni looks yummilicious. beautiful click. i love the yolk yellow color. lovely!

Ms.Chitchat said...

A healthy way to welcome the festival, wishing u and ur family a joyous Diwali.

Smitha said...

That looks so beautiful..lovely presentation!...yum yum yum!

suma said...

Carrot in a phirni is certainly a dessert which calls for attention!! Looks grt Pratibha!! Happy Diwali to you!!

Pavithra said...

It looks cute and I love it. WIsh you very happy Diwali dear..

kanthi said...

Phirni looks festive with a bright colour and creamy texture,simply it is delicious..

Hari Chandana said...

Wow.. wow.. wow.. Looks really good and delicious.. beautiful clicks dear.. thanks for sharing !!

Suja Sugathan said...

Creamy and yummy..they look so good.
Happy Diwali..

kothiyavunu.com said...

Beautiful recipe & Click!! Wish u & ur family & prosperous Diwali!

Apu said...

Wonderful looking phirni!!

Sayantani said...

adding carrots to firni is a great idea. look at the colour...perfect dessert for the season.
Happy diwali.

Rachana said...

A healthy and a gorgeous way to welcome Diwali. Awesome photography!

swapna said...

those look delicious...Beautiful!!Happy Diwali!!

Cham said...

A phirni so thick and rich, lovely sweet never tried it so far. I do have the same pot which i bought in Gujurat festival in my place!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Thats awesome! I love those cups...
Happy Diwali!

Kalyani said...

Looks yummy & Happy Diwali .......

Sush said...

Happy Deepavali Prathibha. Phirni looks delicious.

Uma said...

looks yum!! Happy Diwali to you and your family!!

PJ said...

DEar Prathiba,Wishing You and Your Family a very happy Diwali :)

I am bowled over by the color!!Making this for sure right now

PJ said...

Hi its me again.Just made this[and posted it in my blog].It is wonderful!Mine has a orangish hue.It tastes awesome.Thanks for the recipe dear..

Nitha said...

Even my eyes are stuck on that bowls.. Love the phirni colour too..

Satrupa said...

Luv d phirnis .....

A very happy Diwali to you and your family. May this festival bring in prosperity and happiness to everyone !

Cheers,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Akila said...

looks so lovely dear...

wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Deepawali

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Phirni looks lovely..

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi Prathybha How are you Phirni looks so yummm and great pic.asusual..

Shobha said...

First time on your blog...following it.
Love the kesar phirni.

Anonymous said...

tried your recipe for Iftar and came out well and appreciated by all. Keep trying your imagination in your kitchen. All the best.

Ramadan Kareem

Yasmin Banu

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