Thandai Phirni is an Indian Festival Recipe, perfect for spring and summer. It is basically a cool rice pudding, delicately spiced and so delicious in taste!

Thandai Phirni is an Indian Festival Recipe, perfect for spring and summer. It is basically a cool rice pudding, delicately spiced and so delicious in taste!

Holi is the festival of colors that is celebrated in the Northern parts of India to welcome Spring / Summer. Well, we don’t really have a real spring season in India, we just spring into summer straight from winter, so basically its to celebrate the end of Winter.

When you think of food for Holi, the two things that come to your mind first are Gujjiyas and Thandai. Gujjiyas are flaky fried pastries that are filled with all kinds of sweet goodies like nuts, coconut, sugar and what not! Thandai is a spiced milk, that is made with a blend of nuts and spices mixed in with milk, strained and chilled.

Phirni is a rice pudding, a cousin of the kheer/payasam that you more commonly find in the Southern parts of India. Phirni is made with broken rice and milk, where as the regular kheer/payasam is made with just rice and milk.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown basmati rice
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For The Thandai Masala

  • 12 whole almonds
  • 7-8 cashew nuts
  • 5-6 pistachios
  • 5-6 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp white poppy seeds/khus khus
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp saffron

For Garnish

  • Edible silver flakes
  • Dried rose petals

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