Strawberry Phirni (Strawberry Rice Pudding)

Strawberry Rice Pudding, Phirni

I distinctly remember the first time I had Phirni (Rice Pudding), a delectable and popular Indian dessert, as a kid. It was in a garden party on a beautiful summer night, with the soft white light of the full moon bathing everything in ethereal luminosity. The pudding tasted as delicious & exquisite as a heavenly nectar, like somebody had extracted white, sweet, creamy & cool moondrops. On instinct, I closed my eyes to savor the smooth blissfulness of this luscious delicacy, as it caressed my taste buds with its luxuriant texture & ambrosial sweetness. Ever since then, this rice pudding is my dessert of choice whenever I want a trip to the moon without stepping out of my home :)

However, being the incorrigible tinkerer, I just had to make my own variant of the traditional Phirni. Ergo, I added strawberries to provide a zesty fruity twist that complements the subtle sweetness of the creamy rice pudding - & going by the rave reviews I receive every time I serve this dessert to my family & guests, I guess I did the right thing :) A spoonful of this sweet concoction is sure to bring a smile to your lips, & an entire bowl of the Strawberry Rice Pudding will set your spirits flying high - don't forget to fasten your seat belts :)


Serves : 3-4

    16 fresh Strawberries
    4 tbsp Rice
    1 qt (946 ml) Whole Milk
    6 tbsp White granulated Sugar, or to taste
    1 tsp Rose Extract
      For garnishing:
      4 fresh Strawberries; washed, hulled & sliced
      8-10 Pistachio slivers; optional

      How to make Strawberry Phirni

      1. Wash the rice thoroughly till the water runs clear. Soak the rice in 1 cup of water for half an hour. Strain the rice and grind it to a coarse paste along with 2 tbsp of milk.
      2. Chop half of the strawberries. Keep aside. 
      3. Grind the remaining strawberries to a fine paste. Keep aside.
      4. Boil milk in a deep heavy-bottomed pan. Add ground rice to the boiling milk and mix well.
      5. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer, stirring at intervals (& scrap the sides of the pan as well) until the milk thickens to a creamy consistency.
      6. Add sugar & rose extract and stir till sugar dissolves. Adjust sugar to your taste.
      7. Remove from heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Add chopped strawberries & puree. Refrigerate.
      8. Serve strawberry phirni chilled and garnish with pistachios and sliced strawberries. 

      Do not reheat after adding strawberries as the milk may curdle.


          1. sounds amazing! what kind of rice do you use?

            1. Thanks Miri! I prefer to use Basmati Rice.

          2. it came out so good n loved it..perfect flavors.. thanks for a grt recipe my hubby loved it..

            1. Kalpana, thanks much for letting me know. It really feels nice when someone tries out my recipe & loves it. We love this Strawberry Phirni too :) Happy Cooking ~ Nids

          3. This looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.