Fruity phirnee

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, INFANCY - ten to twelve months, Sweets | Tags: , , |

Creamy and yummy! Another version of rice porridge that’s perked up with fruits. The rice flour makes the phirnee creamy and smooth in texture and is great for babies who do not like fruits or milk. This dish is a good source of energy, protein, vitamin A and calcium.

Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Cooking Time : 10 mins.

Makes approx. 1/2 cup.

Ingredients
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons rice flour
1 tablespoon jaggery (gur), grated
3 tablespoons fresh fruit purée (strawberry or peach or apricot or mango)
Method
1. Bring the milk to a boil in a non-stick pan and add the rice flour.
2. Mix well and simmer till the rice is cooked (7 to 8 minutes).
3. Add the jaggery and mix well till the jaggery dissolves.
4. Cool and add the fruit purée. Serve at room temperature.
Tips
You can also serve the phirnee without the fruits, adding a little bit of safforn and cardamom.
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Phirni

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Sweets | Tags: , , , |

A traditional rice custard cooked with milk and set in earthware containers.

Preparation Time : 40 min.
Cooking Time : 20 min.

Serves 6 to 8.

Ingredients
1 litre milk (full cream)
4 tablespoons Basmati rice
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
For the garnish
a few chopped almonds
Method
1. Soak the rice in water for about 1 hour.
2. Drain all the water and powder the rice in a mixer.
3. Add half a cup of cold milk to the rice powder and make a paste.
4. Boil the rest of the milk and gently stir in the rice paste.
5. Cook for about 15 minutes on a slow flame, stirring continuously.
6. Add the sugar and cardamom powder and simmer for a few minutes.
7. Cool and serve in earthenware containers.
8. Garnish with chopped almonds.
Tips
Milk thickens quicker in a broad bottomed non-stick pan. Use one for best results and to save time.
Variation : Kesari Firni :
Add a little saffron to the sugar and cardamom powder and proceed as per the recipe.
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Sitaphal phirni

Posted on June 18, 2009. Filed under: Sweets | Tags: , , , |

Milk thickened with trice flour and flavoured with custard apple.

Cooking Time : 6 min.
Preparation Time : 5 min.

Serves 2.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups full fat milk
2 tablespoons long grained rice
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
3/4 cup custard apple (sitafal) pulp, deseeded
Method
1. Grind the rice to a fine powder in a food processor.
2. In a large glass bowl, combine 1 cup of milk and the ground rice, mix well and microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes, stirring twice in between after 2 minutes.
3. Add the remaining milk and microwave on HIGH for a further 2 minutes.
4. Remove and allow to cool. Add the sugar, cardamom powder and custard apple pulp and mix well.
5. Chill for 2 to 3 hours.
6. Serve chilled.
Tips
You can add another fruit of you choice instead of the custard apple e.g. strawberry, mango etc.
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Kewra phirni

Posted on June 18, 2009. Filed under: Sweets | Tags: , , |

Healthier version of a North Indian delicacy, I have used low fat milk instead of full fat milk and cream, and sugar substitute instead of sugar to take off the extra calories.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 40 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
4 cups low fat milk
4 tbsp long grained rice
4 tsp sugar substitute
¼ cup low fat cream
5 to 6 drops kewra essence
For the garnish
1 tsp finely chopped pistachios
Method
1. Soak the rice in water for about 1 hour.
2. Drain all the water and coarsely grind the rice in a mixer.
3. Add ½ cup of cold milk to the rice to make a smooth paste.
4. Boil the remaining milk in a non-stick pan and gently stir in the rice paste.
5. Cook for about 15 minutes on a slow flame, stirring continuously so the rice is done.
6. Add the sugar substitute and cream and simmer for a few minutes.
7. Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.
8. When cool, add the kewra essence and mix well.
9. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve chilled garnished with pistachios.
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Fruity phirni

Posted on June 18, 2009. Filed under: Sweets | Tags: , , |

A variation of rice phirni. Poha is a rich source of iron. Adding fruits provides nutrients as well fibre to your diet and makes the phirni colourful and interesting.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
3 cups low fat milk
¾ cup poha (beaten rice flakes)
1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 2 tsp cold low fat milk
1 tbsp sugar substitute
1 cup sliced fruits (banana, apples etc.)
Method
1. Roast the poha in a non-stick pan till crisp. Do not allow to discolour.
2. Remove from flame, cool and grind it coarsely. Keep aside.
3. Boil the milk in another non-stick pan and add the poha while stirring continuously.
4. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
5. Add the cornflour, simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes and remove from flame.
6. Keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.
7. Just before serving, divide the fruits and phirni into 4 equal portions.
8. Place the fruits into 4 individual bowls and top with a serving of the phirni.
9. Serve immediately.
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