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August 23, 2009

KONG FIRNI (Saffron flavored rice pudding) ...a unique kashmiri dessert

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Kashmiri Cuisine has very few desserts and this is one of them, a cool creamy delicious rice based pudding served traditionally in small earthenware pots known as "kullars" like the one in the picture above.Fragrant long grain basmati rice is cooked with milk and flavored with zafran, the silver "varq"(thinly beaten sheet of silver) adds a royal touch to this special dessert.


I remember when we were kids Mom used to buy the "kullars", soak them in water overnight to get rid of any mud or dirt sticking to them and to impart a special smell (khushboo)of wet earth to them, then she used to set the firni in them.Ingredients required to make this-



  • Full cream milk-1 litre

  • Saffron- 1/4 tsp

  • Basmati rice- 3/4 cup

  • Khoya-1/2 cup

  • Condensed milk-1/2 cup

  • Sugar- acc. to taste

  • Kewra (vetiver) essence- a few drops

  • Almonds- soaked and sliced , a handful

  • Pistachios-2 tbsp, sliced

  • Silver varq- acc. to requirement.


Soak rice overnight, next day grind finely with little water.Add saffron to milk and bring to a gentle boil, now combine rice and milk and bring to a rapid boil stirring continuously at least for 15-20 minutes till thick, now add the khoya, kewra and condensed milk and cook on slow flame, taste and adjust sugar.Once a thick and creamy, let cool.Pour into small serving bowls/earthenware bowls and garnish with pistachios, almonds and varq.Chill well before serving.


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Enjoy firni with Led Zepp's "Kashmir" video on You tube.

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10 comments :

Mishmash ! August 23, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

thx for leaving the trail on my page....so happy to find your treasures trove of kashmiri cuisine....i also loved those chinar leaves imprinted plattters...they looked so charming and priceless....lucky to have such a collection...keep up this great work :)

Priya Narasimhan August 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

nice rich, creamy sweet..very tempting..bookmarking it.

Meera August 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

That looks delicious, Bindiya!

Priya August 24, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

Gorgeous pudding!!looks gorgeous..

srikars kitchen August 25, 2009 at 3:17 AM  

YUmmy creamy dessert/// nice click.. looks perfect..

Purva Desai August 25, 2009 at 2:32 PM  

rich, creamy and delicious dessert..

Morta Di Fame August 26, 2009 at 2:52 AM  

Wow! Thank you! I am in LOVE with this!

Namratha August 26, 2009 at 6:48 AM  

The name itself is so unique and inviting. Firni looks great and it reminded me of the Firni Shah Rukh eats in Dil to Pagal Hain (at one of their friend's weddings) :D Ever since I have always wondered what Firni was...now I know! :)

Divya Kudua August 26, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

Such a simple recipe Bindiya..for a wonderful dessert..:).Ever since I saw a recipe for Phirni in my MW cookbook,I've been wanting to make it.But I'd rather try it your way..looks too good:)

kitchen queen August 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM  

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