- 33 fluid oz full cream milk
- 2 tbsp pista or pistachios - peeled and sliced
- ¼ cup basmati rice
- 5 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp green cardamom powder
- 15 strands of kesar or saffron
- 1 tsp pistachios - finely chopped, for garnishing
Kesar pista Phirni is a delightful variation of the phirni. Kesar pista phirni is loaded with the aroma of saffron and the indulgent flavor of pista. This delectable sweet dish comes from the Awadhi cuisine of Uttar Pradesh. Kesar pista phirni is usually eaten hot with hot pooris or enjoyed as a chilled dessert after food. Kesar pista phirni is usually made on festivals like Holi, Dussehra, and Eid.
Kesar pista phirni is a good source of calcium and protein as it is prepared from milk. Kesar pista phirni contains the double benefits of kesar and pistas. Kesar contains a carotene which protects against cancer. It is used to treat memory loss and in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Warm saffron milk helps in protecting against cold. Pistachios prevent cell damage, protect eyes against damage, and protect against high blood pressure.
How to make Kesar Pista Phirni
Saffron, the aromatic spice used in Kesar pista phirni, is the most expensive spice in the world as a pound of saffron comes from about 80,000 flowers. It takes about 12 days to pick this many flowers. In Bavaria during the early 15th century, any merchant caught selling adulterated saffron was burned alive!