Makhana Phirni Recipe
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Kesar Makhana Phirni Parfait

Makhana Phirni is a creamy Indian style lotus seed milk pudding. Learn how to make makhana phirni parfait in a few simple steps. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: makhana phirni, makhana phirni recipe, phirni parfait
Servings: 6 dessert glasses
Author: Hina Gujral


For Makhana Phirni:

  • 1 liter full-cream milk (full fat milk)
  • 1 Cup lotus seeds (foxnuts/makhana)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron (kesar)
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)

Ingredients for Phirni Parfait:

  • 2 Cup diced fruits (peach, mango, apple)
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate pearls
  • 1 tablespoon sliced pistachio/almonds
  • 2 white bread slices
  • 1/4 Cup ghee (clarified butter)


How To Make Kesar Makhana Phirni:

  • In pan heat ghee and roast foxnuts for 5 minutes. Pulse in a blender once to make a coarse powder. Keep aside
  • Combine saffron with a tablespoon of warm milk and set aside. 
  • Take milk in a heavy bottomed pan, add the cardamom powder. Boil on low flame. Keep on stirring at regular intervals.
  • Once the milk is reduced to half the original amount add the lotus seed powder and saffron milk. Stir to combine nicely. 
  • Allow the milk to simmer until it thickens and stir at regular intervals. Add the sugar, simmer the phirni for 3 - 5 minutes or till sugar is dissolved and then turn off the heat. 
  • Allow the phirni to cool down completely. Keep it in the fridge until ready to serve. 

How To Assemble Phirni Parfait:

  • Dice the fruits into bite-size pieces. Slightly dry roast the nuts. 
  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry the bread croutons till crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. 
  • Divide an equal portion of makhana phirni into the serving bowls/glasses. Add a layer of fruits, nuts and bread croutons. 
  • Serve makhana phirni parfait immediately. 


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