Thandai Phirni

It is Holi and no Holi is complete without Thandai. How about Thandai as a dessert !

Thandai Phirni

Serves 6
Allergy Milk
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
India Indian
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  • 0.5 cup Brown Basmati Rice
  • 3 cups Whole milk
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 12 Nos Whole Almonds
  • 7-8 Medium Cashew Nuts
  • 5-6 medium slices Pistachios
  • 5-6 Medium Cardomom Pods
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper (Crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron


You can also use edible silver flakes and dried rose petals as garnishing.


Step 1 Wash the brown basmati rice and soak it in water for 20 minutes. Soak the almonds in water for 20 minutes.
Step 2 Bring the milk to boil, reduce the heat and keep it simmering. Drain the soaked rice and grind it very coarsely in a food processor. Add it to the milk and let it cook.
Step 3 Remove the skin from the almonds by gently sliding it off. Remove seeds from the cardamom pods. Add the almonds, cardamom seeds and the rest of the ingredients except saffron, to a food processor and grind to a coarse mix.
Step 4 Add this to the simmering milk and rice mix. Add the saffron too. Mix well.
Step 5 Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator. Pour into serving bowls and top with grated pistachios. before serving.

The Hare and the Tortoise

In the story “The  Rabbit and the Tortoise”, slow and steady won the race. This was true  in  18th, 19th  century etc. In the dynamic times like the present, the post  (goal)  keeps on moving as fast as you run, even the tortoise has also gained speed. The more we try to reach, the far the goal is and both tortoise and the rabbit wear out in the middle and keep on hoping to reach the post some day. Isn’t this a simile for today’s mad rush towards the moolah?  Isn’t  it even the case for both developed (Rabbit)  as well as the developing nations (tortoise)? Correct me if I am wrong.