Phir Na Maango – Mango Phirni!

Mango Phirni

We couldn’t possibly let the season’s last lot of ultra sweet mangoes go without whisking up a fitting goodbye treat. Thick and creamy, this recipe for Phirni handed down through generations has in all possibility been tweaked scores of times to suit different tastes and incorporate, as in this case, a seasonal fruit to only enhance its richness. In the custardy depths of this sweet Mango Phirni, not only are memories hidden, but the smiles that manifest in the here and now that we won’t forget, ever.

Mango Phirni

Mango Phirni

(Serves 4)

  • ½ Litre full-cream milk
  • 3 Tbsp rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 10 Almonds, soaked and skinned
  • ¼ Cup grated khoya (Milk solids or substitute whole milk powder)
  • ¼ Tsp cardamom powder 
  • ½ Cup sugar or to taste
  • Pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk
  • 1 Small ripe mango, skinned, pitted and pureed
  • 1 mango, skinned, pitted and cut into half-moons for topping
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pistachios
  1. Bring the milk to boil in a heavy-bottomed pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Grind the rice and almonds separately to a coarse consistency. Do not make it a paste. You should be able to see lots of tiny bits of rice or almonds. This is necessary in order to have the correct consistency in the phirni.
  3. Add the rice and almonds to the milk and cook, stirring almost constantly, for about 8-10 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the milk thickens.
  4. Stir in the sugar and cardamom. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then take the pan off the heat.
  5. Stir in the saffron and mango puree.
  6. Pour the phirni into unglazed mud bowls or cups, if you have them. These will absorb the excess liquid in the dessert and help the phirni to set nicely.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool. Refrigerate overnight or until set.
  8. Garnish the phirni with mango slices and chopped pistachios.

Mango Phirni

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8 Responses to Phir Na Maango – Mango Phirni!

  1. Rafeeda says:

    love those awesome looking matkas… could have all of them at one good… yummy phirni… :)

  2. Anju says:

    Can we use tinned mango instead of fresh mango?

  3. Chitrangada says:

    Gorgeous presentation, a lovely dessert and those cute earthen pots…like like like.

  4. Spiceroots says:

    Love those Kulhads. So lucky you are in India and get to enjoy the mangoes! The Phirni looks absolutely delicious!

  5. Minnie Gupta says:

    I would do a lot to get my hands on those kullads…..I never imagined one day this was one thing that I would miss so much. Of course, the phirni looks double delicious. Mango being my forever fav fruit, it could not get any better than this.

  6. Sarah says:

    I love rice pudding – this looks fantastic – can’t wait to try!

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