Kesar Phirni Recipe | Saffron Rice Pudding Recipe

Homemade Kesar Phirni Recipe | A North Indian Dessert Recipe
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Kesar Phirni generally comes from Punjabi cuisine or North Indian Cuisines. It’s a sweet dessert recipe which is very famous in northern part of India. In some regions of India, Phirni is also known as Kheer, Payasam, Payasa or Payesha. Style of preparing and ingredients of rice pudding varies with Indian regions.

Phirni is a creamy and sweet pudding recipe which is must in North India on festive occasions. I have used Basmati rice for Kesar Phirni, but normal rice can also be used to prepare this Kesar Phirni recipe.

Kesar Phirni

Phirni is a sweet dessert which is prepared from roughly crushed rice while Rice Kheer is prepared from whole rice grains. For Kesar Phirni recipe, remember to grind rice to coarse (roughly crushed) and not to a fine puree.

Phirni is always good to be served as chilled. Rice Kheer can be eaten hot/warm or chilled. Shikoras, small earthen bowls are used traditionally to serve Phirni. Serve chilled Phirni to your family members and special guests.

Phirni can be of different flavours like – Rose Phirni, Strawberry Phirni, Dry Fruits Phirni and many more. If you would like to see the recipe in video format then here is the complete video about how to cook Kesar Phirni at home.

To check many more such tasty food recipes, you may also visit FoodQuench’s YouTube Channel. And if you are a sweets dishes lover like me then you will find plenty of such Tasty Desserts Recipes at FoodQuench.

Kesar Phirni Recipe | Saffron Rice Pudding Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 50 min Total Time 1 hr
Servings: 2
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Kesar Phirni or Firni is from a Punjabi or North Indian Cuisine, a dessert of all time. In some regions of India, Phirni is also known as Kheer, Payasam, Payasa, Payesha. Style of preparing and ingredients of Rice Pudding varies based on the Indian regions.

Ingredients for Punjabi Kesar Phirni Recipe

Cooking method for Kesar Phirni Recipe

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  1. Soak 3 tablespoon rice for half an hour. Drain excess water and grind rice to coarse (roughly crushed).

  2. Add 1/2 litre milk to the Kadhai or Pan and allow it to heat for 5 minutes.

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  3. Now add coarse rice to the hot milk and keep stirring it.

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  4. Cook until milk reduces to half quantity and then add cardamom powder to it.

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    Keep stirring to avoid any lumps in rice.
  5. Now add saffron strands.

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  6. Add condensed milk to the mixture, mix well and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.

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  7. Yummy and creamy Kesar Phirni is ready. Transfer this delicious Kesar Phirni to shikoras (clay pots) or in normal glass bowls.

    Kesar Phirni
  8. Add some pistachios slices and saffron strands for garnishing.

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    Refrigerate Kesar Phirni for a few hours and enjoy this chilled Rice Pudding (Kesar Phirni).
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