Summer Cooling Pheerni- Chilled Rice Pudding

Today’s recipe Pheerni is a contribution by a little budding food enthusiast Navya.  A twelve years old, she takes keen interest in trying  recipes on her own.  This is her signature recipe and she holds lot of pride in telling about it.  IMG-20180519-WA0009.jpg

 

 

 

 

This is an easy way to make this beautiful, delicate dessert.  Super easy to prep, just needs a night to chill well and then it is ready to serve.  For scorching summers this is perfect food to cool your burning digestive system.  I prepared it last night, I loved it as  my breakfast.  As this is the auspicious month of Ramadan I dedicate it to all my guests keeping Roza in this harsh summer.    For rest of us, lets enjoy it anyways without any reason!

20180521_213910.jpg
We will need one fist full (handful) of long grain Basmati Rice soaked in cold water for 2 hours.  Then drained and ground coarsely to a paste.  Keep it aside 
20180521_214913.jpg
Start heating 1 liter of medium fat fresh milk. Once it starts boiling, take it off the heat.  Let it cool for a few minutes,  I kept stirring it to not let the cream settle on the top.  Then add 1 small cup of sugar ( around 4 tbsp) and add ground cardamoms (4 ).  Mix well, and then bring it back to heat.   
20180521_215539.jpg
This is ground rice, which will be added in the boiling milk. 
20180521_215621.jpg
When you see milk is boiling, add the ground rice mix it well and again take it off the heat.   This time also, I kept stirring it time to time to keep it lumps free. 
20180521_223039.jpg
Finally, after 3-5 minutes put the mixture back to cooking on a  medium heat.   It took me another five minutes to get it to thicker consistency.  I am not looking for a very thick consistency, it was still good to sip so do not overcook to scoop thickness.   Take it off the gas.  Let it cool for next 20-30 minutes.  If you like garnish it with some sliced almonds, pistachio or raisins.   Now chill it overnight for best flavors.  

I made a Rose flavor Pheerni, so once our mixture is at room temperature I added a little rose essence and very little natural Rose Syrup to give it natural Rose aroma.   There is a popular variation in Pheerni – it is saffron.   So once you are boiling the mixture and adding Rice, add Saffron (diluted with milk) to make your Saffron flavored Pheerni.

 

Enjoy your Day!