Badam Phirni ( Diwali Collaboration with A Dollop Of That! )
I picked this recipe as it reminds me of yet another Odia recipe known as the 'Gaintha' or 'Attakali'. It is a slightly rustic recipe that is made out of rice paste which is first cooked into a solid mass, broken down into small balls and then cooked in cardamom-peppercorn flavoured milk. To me, phirni always seems to a more glamorized version of the Attakali. My phirni recipe is a slightly more nuttier and richer version of the regular one as I have added almond paste to it while cooking.
Read on for the recipe - ( And do not forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post for another surprise by Parinazz of A Dollop of that !)
Preparation Time - 30 mins
- 5 heaped tbsp of any fragrant rice ( Basmati /Jeera/GobindoBhog )
- 1/2 liter + 2/3 cup milk
- 15-16 almonds
- 4 heaped tsp sugar ( as per taste )
- 2 pinch saffron strands
- a pinch of cardamom powder
- pistachios for garnishing
- rose petals for garnishing
Preparation - Wash and soak the rice for 2-3 hours. Grind into a smooth paste with 3-4 tsp milk. Dissolve in another 1/2 cup of milk.
Soak the almonds in hot water for 1 hour. Remove and peel them. Grind into a smooth paste with 2-3 tsp milk.
Soak saffron strands in 3-4 tbsp hot milk.
Cooking - Heat a wide mouthed nonstick saucepan. Add 4-5 tbsp water to it. This prevents milk from sticking to bottom and getting burnt.
Pour in the milk and bring it to boil on medium flame. Let it reduce by 1/3 rd.
Pour in the rice paste and cook with continuous stirring (preferably using a whisk) to prevent the formation of lumps. Do this for 7-8 mins. The mixture will become thick and take a creamy texture.
Then pour in the saffron milk (just remember to rub the strands with your fingers to get a deeper colour), sugar, almond paste and cardamom powder. Cook for 3-4 mins while stirring continuously.
Remove from the flame. Pour it into the serving bowls and pop it into the fridge.
Garnish with saffron strands, pistachios and rose petals. Serve chilled.
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