Chocolate Almond Phirni

Had a few things at home and wanted to make a surprise dessert. And, waise a dessert with chocolate and almonds would surely work out well J … nothing much can go wrong with that … right? I happen to like sweeeeeets 😀 … And I also love the taste and flavors of chocolate and almonds …. So I had to experiment with this combination. 

For those new to Phirni, it is a smooth and creamy rice pudding; famous in North India. This recipe is a quick and modern take on the traditional Phirni. I will be modest and say that it did turn out pretty good … read on J 

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Ingredients: 
Milk (I used 2% milk): 2 cups
Sweetened Condensed milk: about half a can (about 200g)
Chocolate bar with almonds*: about 10 blocks (40 g)
Rice flour (Fine) **: 2 tablespoons 
*I used the Cadbury’s Roast Almond chocolate bar. You can use any you have on hand – just plain chocolate will do. In that case, you can add chopped nuts of your choice that you have: almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pecans. 

**I don’t have a grinder for making rice paste, hence used dry rice flour (fine). Traditionally, rice paste is used as a thickening agent. For that, you can soak about 2 tablespoons of rice in a little milk for an hour and grind into a fine paste. This will give a better texture to the Phirni. 

Method: 

  1. Dissolve the rice flour in half a cup of milk. Whisk it well to ensure no lumps.
  2. Heat the remaining milk to a boil in a deep heavy-bottomed vessel (deep to avoid milk overflowing). Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the base of the vessel.
  3. In the meanwhile, make some chocolate shavings (about 2 teaspoons or so) with a vegetable peeler.
  4. Melt the rest of the chocolate in the microwave by heating for 30 seconds.
  5. When the milk starts boiling, Take the vessel off the heat and add the rice flour solution.
  6. Stir to mix the paste well and ensure no lumps.
  7. Add the melted chocolate and the sweetened condensed milk.
  8. Mix well and place vessel again on low heat and stir continuously.
  9. Cook on low heat and continue to stir to ensure that the rice flour cooks well and the mixture thickens to a custard-like consistency. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool. You can chill the Phirni for about 3-4 hours before serving.
  11. Just before serving, add the chocolate shavings on the top. Enjoy !!

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