Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mango Phirni

by Priyanka posted at 11:34 PM 11 comments

After all the the drooling, ooohing and aaahing that i did yesterday after visiting Asha and Archana's blogs, i wanted something sweet to appease my taste buds- Icecream was out because of two reasons- 1.) i dont have an icecream maker 2.) eating "it" involves lots of calories and fat. So i went for the next best option- a substitue which i could make at home, was not too sweet and which didnt involve putting on a lot of weight. I made Mango phirni for dessert yesterday. I had been craving for some kheer since the past week but was out of vermicelli- phirni was the next best and closest option. The inspiration for the Mango phirni came from Asha's Pineapple phirni- would have made it but didnt have any pineapple left after i made the tropical compote....

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?

Serves 2

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-


Warm cranberry punch

Cold cranberry punch

Green punch

Apple-cranberry tea punch

Kathal kababs and fries (jackfruit)

Stuffed Mirchi

Maddur vadas (Sooji)


Greek Spanakopita

Olive pepper pinwheels


Zuchini-carrot-sage pancakes

Jackfruit coconut pancakes

Mediterranean Savory cake

Oatmeal parathas

Rosemary Focacia bread


French onion soup

Thai style lentil coconut peanutty soup

Chipotle corn chowder

Red lentil dill soup


Apple-carrot chutney


Chocolate fudge

Mango cobbler

Easy Jalebis

Ricotta cheese basundi

Strawberry shortcake

Umm Ali

Mango coconut burfi

Main Course

Wadi Ambat

Yellow capsicum gojju

Hyderabadi mirchi ka salan

Lemon rice

Green Onion gojju

Chana dal idlis

Tomato Gojju

Thai eggplants in red curry paste

Hyderabadi bagharey baingan

Comments 11 comments
Asha said...

Hi Priyanka,here I am, first again!!Hahaha!
I love your Mango Phirni! Great idea to add Mangoes.I will try next time.Loved reading about your hubby's reactions!:)
It's true,Phirnis are lot better than Ice Creams in caloric sense.Fortunately,Summer is going to end soon,so I can pack it up somewhere!:D
So many dishes you want to try!Good luck to you and thank you for your kind words.I don't mind helping anybody at all if I can,glad to do it.Life is too short to be nasty!:D

Priyanka said...

Asha, Thanks- do try it out. I loved reading each and everyone of your posts- got to know you much more better and learnt a lot from you too.

Sharmi said...

the mango Phirni looks divine. i dont find decent mangoes. I wish I get some to try this out.

Priyanka said...

i dont know where you live but here in florida, tropical mangoes are in season and although not close to alphonso are pretty good tastewise. you can try your local grocery mart for spanish/mexican mangoes.

archana said...

Phirni chaan diste ahey:) Mango mule rang chaan ala ahey . Taste tar mast asel :)

Priyanka said...

Thanks. Nakki try kar... soppi ani ekdum mast vatte thanda phirni khayla...

Roopa said...

wow phirni with mango looks excellent! nice entries for RCI too!

Richa said...

hey, phirni chan distay, ani kiti soppi ahey, nahi ka :) my mom makes it so often, mala thannd badam phirni phar avadtey, try kar kadhi :)

Coffee said...

Phirni look really good....
Sakkariya no chevdo ni recipe please!!! ;) :D

Neelam said...

Wow now I am drooling for something sweet!

TBC said...

Hi Priyanka,
It's my first time here. i think I found you through Anita's " A Mad Tea Party"
You have a nice blog . Your mango phirni looks good & seems pretty simple to make too!

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