what could be more exciting for a girl……..
- much coveted weight loss
- meeting a dear friend
- meeting with a fellow food blogger for the first time
- surprise vacation to an exotic tropical land with the love of her life??
- all of the above??
yes people….am so giddy headed that i just hope to be able to finish my packing and get to the airport in one piece!! i’m off today and will be back on the 8th…..so for then i will be away from what gives me my daily dose of kicks…. the blogging world….i dont post that often, but am always catching up with all of you on a daily basis…..for once, my highs will have to come from somewhere else!! when i am back, i hope you will bear with the aftermath of the excitement!! in the meanwhile i leave you with the recipe of a simple yet completely fulfilling indian dessert…the ubiquitous Firni……
firni (serves 4)
1/2 litre milk (i used low fat)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 T basmati rice (soaked in water for 1 hour, drained and ground to a coarse paste, add 2 tablespoons of cold milk and make into a thick paste)
few strands of saffron
8-10 unsalted pistachios finely shopped or sliced
in a heavy bottomed pan, bring the milk to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. add the condensed milk and mix well till well incorporated…. add the coarsely ground rice paste and simmer for 10-12 mins on a slow flame, stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed. cool, serve in individual bowls or earthenware matkas. garnish with a couple of strands of saffron and pistachios in each bowl. chill for atleast 2-3 hours before serving.
for a richer texture, use full cream milk and add 3 T of fresh cream while simmering