Aam ki Phirni or Mango Phirni flavourful and creamy mango rice pudding with sweet seasonal mangoes and soaked and ground rice.
Phirni is rice pudding that is made with soaked and ground rice, cooked in thickened milk with aromatic spices like cardamom and saffron. It is a very popular North Indian Dessert, and has lot of variations. India is a tropical country with long summer season. Chilled desserts like Rice Kheer, Kulfis, Phirni have been realised by people since ages. Phirini is served chilled and it makes it a perfect dessert especially for summers. One the variation is made with fresh seasonal mangoes. Mangoes are complementary with summer and people make full use of mango season. Shakes, Icecreams, Kulfis, lot of other desserts and even curries. Mango Phirni is one such dessert where one can enjoy the phirni with fresh seasonal Mango taste.
Traditionally Phirni is served in small clay bowls also known as Deeya or small khulads. The significance of serving in the earthen bowls was keep the dessert cool as it is served chilled. Earthen bowls/pots absorb water/liquid and hence keep the food in it cool. Also, the earthy aroma of the clay infuses into the dessert and imparts it a rustic taste!! Earthen bowl that we used buy (in India) from the potter directly have such a earthy aroma that makes the taste of water or food cooked/served in it so heavenly !!
You can serve Phirni in any other dessert bowl also, if you do not have the earthen bowls.
We bought 2-3 cans of freshly arrived stock of canned Mango Puree at the Indian grocery store and I will be making our favourite mango desserts with it. Some of the desserts that are on the blog.. Aam Ras, Mango Mousse and Mango and Cardamom Cupcakes, will be adding more to the list in coming days.
Mangoes/ Canned Mango puree for Aam ki Phirni
For Mango Phirni we need sweet ripe mangoes. Alphonso/Kesar or even Dusherri varieties are preferably used for making desserts. I have made desserts with the above mentioned varieties. You can use any sweet variety available in your region.
Here I have used canned Mango Puree as here in US we do not get these varieties of mango. The mango variety available here as not that sweet to make Indian desserts. Though I recently heard about some variety available in August that is sweet enough to make Indian based desserts. Canned Alphonso Mango Puree is available in Indian Grocery stores and is good enough to make desserts.The only thing we have to take care is the amount of sugar added to it. Add sugar carefully since canned purees already have sugar content.
Ingredients for making Mango Phirni..
Sweet Ripe Mangoes or canned Mango Puree, Rice( soaked and coarsely grind), milk, sugar and cardamom powder(optional). Many people like to adding kesar also, but I skip it and also add very little cardamom powder, to keep the mango flavourful dominant. Also, many people add rice flour instead of ground rice, but I like it with coarsely ground rice as it adds some coarse texture to it.
Many people make it using condensed milk and also add khoya also for extra richness, that I will cover in other Phirni post.
To make Phirni, wash rice in running water 2-3 times. Soak it for at least 1hr, and then grind it to a coarse paste with little water. Do not grind to very fine and smooth paste.
Meanwhile keep milk to boil for 10 minutes on low flame. Keep on stirring it. We do not need very thick milk like for when we make Kheer. The ground rice when added to boiling milk thickens it.
Add the ground rice to milk and stir it continuously, taking care that no lumps are formed and also the milk doesn’t burn at the bottom.
Add sugar and cardamom powder to it, and mix it nicely till it gets the desired consistency . It should be thick like rabri/flowing cake batter. Switch off the gas and let it cool.
Add the mango puree once it cools completely. Add puree and and whisk it nicely to mix the puree.
Pout in bowls in which you want to serve it, let it set in refrigerator and serve it chilled. You can top it with more fresh mango pieces or puree and garnish with pistachios.
Please Note..If you are using fresh mangoes, peel mangos and puree it to smooth and fine paste.
Let’s see in detail how I make Aam Ki Phirni
Aam ki Phirini
- 700 ml Whole Milk
- 1/4 Cup Basmati rice
- 1 Cup Mango Puree
- Sugar(as required)
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
- Finely sliced Pistachios and Edible Rose Petals for garnish
- Mango Puree or Mango Slices for garnish
- Wash rice in water and soak for at least one hour.
- After the soaking time, drain water and grind rice coarsely, add little water if required.
- If using fresh Mangoes, peel mangoes, take out the pulp and discard the seed. Puree it to a smooth paste.
- Keep milk to boil on medium flame, in a heavy bottomed pan.
- When milk comes to bli, lower the flame and cook for another 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, add ground rice paste, and mix it thoroughly. Keep mixing it to avoid the lump formation.
- Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well.
- When phirni thickens, switch off the flame. All this while take care the rice doesn't get burn at bottom and no lumps are formed.
- Let it cool a bit ( it will start to thicken), add mango puree and mix well.
- IF the lumps are formed with a hand blend , blend it for 1-2 minutes.
- Transfer in bowls in which you want to serve.
- Keep it refrigerator to chill till serving time.
- Garnish with thinly sliced pistachios and you can also top it with some fresh Mango pieces or Mango puree when serving.
Do make this delcious Phirni on your special occasions and serve it your guests, make for potluck parties or enjoy just like that with your family. Chilled Mango Phirni is surely going to be a hit among your loved ones.
Linking my Mango Phirni to my facebook group Foodie Monday Bloghop, where we are Celebrating Eid today. #198EidwithFoodies.
The festival of Eid is around the corner that marks the end of Holy Month of Ramzan. I have fond memories of Eid when we visited my best friend’s house to wish them. Aunty treated us with Kebabs, Seviyan(also popular as Sheer Khurma), Dahi Vada and Biryani!! It used to be such a royal treat!! Loved every bit of it and I still miss aunty’s Kebabs that she used to send for me in school tiffin also!! Other delicacies that are made during Eid are.. Phirni, halwa and other desserts, various curries, with breads like Naan, Sheermal, Roomali Roti and Naans.
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