“A Grateful Meal”

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I could have just done the traditional Indian rice pudding for dessert which is kheer. But I chose to do something more decadent. I love desserts. I love milk based desserts. This dish is probably a precursor to ice cream before refrigeration was possible. Phirni is a special dish you serve guests whereas kheer can be considered comfort food. My Nani was a huge fan of kheer and had it several times a week. This was another way of honoring her but I wanted to combine it with one of my paternal Grandfather’s favorite treats so in the end we crushed a laddoo, a traditional Indian sweet made of lentil flour, into each serving. It was delicious and the kids ate several bowls during this meal. Enjoy…


Serves 4- 6 within a seven course meal

3/4 Cup of Ground Rice

1 Cup Water

2 Cups Whole Milk

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Condensed Milk

4 Tbsp Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom

1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds

1/2 Tsp Saffron

1 Tsp Rose Water

4 Crushed Laddoos (available at Indian grocery stores or sweet shops)


If you can’t find ground rice then simply blend 3/4 cups of rice in a blender until the rice breaks and you have short pieces of rice. Not rice flour but course rice pieces. Combine the ground rice, water, milk, powdered sugar and condensed milk in a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat so that it simmers. Allow it to simmer on low heat for about two hours. The flame should barely be there underneath the pot. Once the rice pieces are totally soft and the milk has thickened then add the ricotta cheese. Stir everything together so that it has a slight pudding like consistency. Add the cardamom powder and almonds and mix them in. Take the pot off the heat and sprinkle the cardamom on top and add the rose water. Mix those in as well. Let the pot cool and then pour everything into your serving dish. Put the serving dish in the refrigerator to chill the phirni. Once you are ready to serve then add some of the crushed laddoo into each cup as a garnish.