Shahi Phirni | How to make Best Phirni Recipe | Indian Royal Rice Pudding

Indian Royal Rice Pudding

Shahi Phirni with detailed recipe step by step picture. It is a royal treat prepared with milk, saffron, rose water and rice. Shahi Phirni is an typical Indian sweet which is made in North India on major occasions, such as Karwa Chauth, Diwali, any pooja at home, get together and so on.

I also like saffron in my most of the desserts recipe, here I also used with very small amount, for the distinct colour and flavour which gives to this phirni. It is not so dark yellow but mild yellow in colour and it absolutely looks tempting.

Summer is the good time of enjoying chilled desserts after meals. May be you are short of time at the end of a long day but this sweet dish will compel you to spend some time in kitchen to enjoy a delicious treat that will cool you down and make you feel rejuvenated. You can prepare it and refrigerate for two to three days.
Phirni Recipe

What is Shahi Phirni?

Shahi is a hindi word actually it means "Royal" and Phirni is a milk based sweet delicacy that is made with coarsely ground rice and lots of dry fruits. Saffron and rose water are added to enhance the flavour. The texture is extremely creamy-rich. This milk dessert owes its origin to the Mughlai cuisine. Though this royal sweet dish is served and loved in almost all parts of India, it is a famous delicacy and specialty of Punjab region.

When you visit this region, you will see from every roadside dhaba to big and famous restaurants serving this dish with great pride. I remember when we go to my relative place, we definitely stop the dhaba for tasting their food, they have such yummy food always. The phirni is fixed dessert in their menu and that we will get in all seasons.

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How to make Phirni Recipe

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Royal Rice Pudding

Shahi phirni is similar to the basic Indian kheer. The difference is only that in kheer whole rice is used but in phirni crushed rice is used. The shahi dish is best served after a lavish meal. It has a cooling effect on the stomach and the rest of the body which is helpful especially in summer when we feel really hot due to the subtle energy that controls metabolism.

Phirni can be served hot or chilled. But its actual taste can be relished only when it is served chilled in a clay pot or an earthen bowl. Clay pot infuses it with the earthy flavour and it also gives an authentic feel. However, you can use your regular serving bowls too.

Enjoy this festive Indian dessert infused with delicate flavours, dry fruits and rose water. Try making it in your own kitchen and give a sweet surprise to your family with your culinary skills.
Shahi Phirni

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian (Mughlai)
Total time : 1 hours 30 minutes
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Serves: 4-6 person
Author : Jolly Makkar


Full cream milk: 1 litre
Basmati rice: 2 tablespoon
Rose water: 1 tsp
Saffron strands: 10-12 strands
Sugar: 1/4 cup
Almonds: 10 to 12
Raisins: 20

Preparation Method

1. Wash rice and soak in water for an hour. After an hour drain the water and coarsely grind the soaked rice in a food processor to turn it into a grainy consistency. Soak almonds for three to four hours. Peel and chop them.

2. Take a thick bottom deep pan. Add milk to it and give a boil. Once the milk comes to a boil, simmer the heat. Add ground rice. Soak saffron strands in 2 tablespoon of milk in a small bowl.

3. Keep stirring in between. It will take 45 minutes to an hour for the phirni to thicken. Scrap all cream from the sides. It will become almost half in quantity.

4. Then add rose water, soaked and crushed saffron strands and sugar. Mix well stirring it. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the flame.

5. Add chopped almonds, raisins and mix well. Turn it to a big bowl and let it cool at room temperature.

6. Keep in mind that phirni will thicken some more once cooled. Transfer the phirni in pots and chill in refrigerator.

7. Once it cools down, transfer it into small clay bowls and let it set for half an hour.

Tips to make perfect phirni
  • Use only full cream milk to give the phirni a perfect creamy texture.
  • Use only basmati rice to give the dish the perfect royal flavour.
  • Add rose water and saffron strands of high-quality to give the phirni a tempting natural aroma.
  • Cook the dessert in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Keep the rice mixture a bit grainy, because after cooling it becomes thick
  • Add raisins and almonds while cooking the dessert to take the sweet dish to another level of deliciousness.

How to make Shahi Phirni Recipe

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  1. This looks so delicious with saffron and nuts added to it. I am so tempted to make it after reading your recipe. It's one dessert my son loves in the summer.

  2. This is one awesome bowl of Phirni. Pass the bowl it is to delicious to pass this offer.

  3. I am not a great fan of desserts but I like phirni a lot. Yours has come out perfect. Rich and creamy look and lovely presentation.

  4. Creamy, rich phirni looks super tempting. Perfect royal treat for any party
    Lovely presentation .

  5. This looks absolutely delicious Jolly. Loved that creamy texture of phirni.

  6. I'm a big fan of phirni, prefer it to kheer. Shahi phirni looks so creamy and I too love the flavour of saffron in all mithai.

  7. The creamy and rich phirni looks absolutely royal. You have explained each step very well along with pictures

  8. Love phirni and this looks so yummy. Perfect sweet for the festival season.

  9. Shahi phirni looks so delectable Jolly.. so perfect for the festive season .. a simple and yet so flavourful dessert.

  10. This phirni looks so creamy and Delish. Perfect for the festive season now.Looks Super tempting. Belated blog anniversary!!