I have followed Asha's directions to a T (simple, quick and easy to make) and i must say it was just out of the world amazing. P is my taster and my best critic. Moreover he doesnt have a sweet tooth- Before adding the mangoes, i made him taste the phirni.
Me : So how does it taste?
Him: Hmmm.... its good...tastes like kheer (translated in his language its pretty O.K.- it was awesome- but for P nothing except coconut burfi/fudge tastes heavenly)
After adding the mangoes
Me: Ok, here's another spoonful
Him: Wow.... this is yumm.... did you add mangoes?
Me: Yes i did!!!
So what do you need for the phirni?
2 cups 2% milk
3 tbs sugar
3 tbs rice flour (if you dont have any flour you can just grind the rice)
a pinch of cardamom powder
4-5 strands of saffron
1 ripe mango (diced)
1. Heat 1-1/2 cups of milk and add the sugar and cardamom powder to it.
2. In a bowl take the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, add the rice flour and mix properly to make a smooth paste. Add it to the milk being heated.
3. Mix the saffron in 2 tbsp of hot milk and add it to the boiling concoction. (i used saffron instead of yellow color)
4. At this point you can add some mango juice/pieces to it.
5. When the mixture thickens and starts to boil, remove from the stove, add half of the mango pieces and let it simmer till it achieves a thick phirni like consistency.
6. Remove from stove, let it cool dor another 20-25 minutes, add the rest of the mango pieces.
7. When it has completely cooled, put it in the fridge.
8. Serve chilled garnished with some almonds and pistachios if you like.
The phirni tastes even better on the second day.
I chanced upon Asha's blog while checking out other recipes on Nupur's A-Z of Indian veggies and JFI: Eggplant. Since then i have come to know Asha mainly through her blog - she is a real sweetheart- helpful, kind and creative. All her recipes are pretty detailed with a step wise pictorial. Here's a list of some other recipes that i want to try out from her blog-
Maddur vadas (Sooji)
Yellow capsicum gojju
Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan