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Firni – Pakistani Rice Pudding with Nutty Caramel Discs

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  • January 23, 2018
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Pakistani desserts are the star of every meal. They are rich in taste, texture and flavors. I love desserts of all kinds but our Desi Desserts are my favorite. From Gur walay Chawal (Jagger Rice) to Zarda (sweet rice), Ras Malai to Rass Gullah, Suji Halwa to Gajar Halwa, Firni to Rabri, Seviyan (roasted vermicelli) to Mithai (sweets) each dessert dish is unique and tastes delicious. Out of all the desi desserts my favorites are Shahi Tukda  and  Firni.


Firni or Phirni is a rice pudding made with ground rice. It’s infused with the flavors of cardamom and saffron. The creamy and smooth texture, speckled with slivered nuts, is what makes Firni and enticing dish. Firni however is different from Kheer (another rice dish) as kheer is made used whole Basmati rice whereas for Firni ground rice is used. In Pakistan, Firni is both an everyday and a a festive dish and is traditionally served in un-glazed terracotta bowls called “thoothi” which gives Firni a subtle earthy flavor. 
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I remember, whenever my mother used to ask what we’d like for dessert, my reply was either Shahi Tukda or Firni – I love it that much. So contuning with the Fun, Creative and Delicious Rice Recipes, this recipe was prepared using  Reem ka Steam Basmati Rice. I have been really impressed with the quality of the rice. It’s long grain and fragrant rice, the quality everyone looks for in good quality rice. My family has already switched to  Reem ka Steam Rice.
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To make Firni look a bit fancy, I added Nutty Caramel Discs to top this delicacy. The caramel discs are made of nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachio) and caramelized sugar. It’s rich with nuts and adds a crunchy texture to the rich and creamy Firni. Everyone loved the addition of Nutty Caramel Discs to the traditional Firni, a great way to impress everyone with your culinary skills. It also made Firni look more festive and even more delicious.

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Firni-Pkaistani Rice Pudding with Nutty Caramel Discs
by January-23-2018
Firni- Creamy and smooth rice pudding infused with flavors of cardamom, topped with slivered nuts and served with nutty caramel discs

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

Firni

  • 1 Cup Reem ka Steam Rice, soaked and ground
  • 2.5 litres (10 cups) Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Green Cardamom powder
  • Pinch of Saffron (optional)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar, or to taste

Nutty Caramel Discs

  • 1 Cup Castor Sugar
  • 1 Cup Mixed Nuts, unsalted (Almond, Pistachio, Cashew, Peanuts)
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds (optional)
  • Cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Soak Reem ka Steam Basmati Rice for 15 minutes. Then grind to very smooth paste
  2. In a heavy bottom pan add milk, bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add ground rice to it stirring constantly to avoid any lumps. Reduce heat and let simmer for another 10 minutes. When it starts to thicken add cream, sugar, cardamom powder and saffron strands (if using)
  3. The mixture will start to thicken. Taste check and adjust sweetness (sugar) according to your liking. The consistency of Firni shouldn’t be too thick or too runny. Take out Firni in serving bowls and chill refrigerator for 1-2 hours
  4. In another pan, caramelize castor sugar (be careful not to burn it). Add chopped nuts and mix until well coated
  5. Now pour the nutty caramel mixture on a silicon sheet and spread evenly. If you don’t have a silicon sheet, grease a baking tray with clarified butter and spread the nutty mixture on it. While the mixture is still hot, using a cookie cutter make round impressions on it so that it’s easier to shape the discs. Let it cool completely on room temperature and then take out the discs.
  6. To Serve – Top Firni with Nutty Caramel Disc and serve

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Rice Olaf Lunch Box for Kids

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  • January 8, 2018


Packing lunch for kids is the most hectic job, especially when you have picky eaters it gets even more difficult to pack lunch that your kid will eat. Every day moms are struggling with ways to Jazz up the lunch box so that it doesn’t come back home, full (not eaten).  As part of the series on the blog Fun, Creative and Delicious Rice Recipes, I took the challenge to come up with a creative yet delicious lunch option for kids and here it is OlafLunch box.

Japanese Bento-lunch box have always fascinated me and I so wanted to try making it. With this series I got that opportunity and it was so much fun doing it.  Learning new techniques and methods of cooking or doing things makes you feel so good. In a Japanese Bento Box you pack different into items in a compartmentalized box. This way you get variety of food options in a box.  Lunch box doesn’t always have to be sandwich, it can be rice too. And when it’s your kid’s favorite character, lunch gets even more exciting.

Movie Frozen is the most loved movies of all. While all the characters are a favorite, Olaf is a loved a little more. At first I was a bit nervous in making the Olaf thinking it won’t turn out perfect but with Reem ka Steam BasmatiRice it was so easy. This long grain, fragrant rice is so easy to cook and was even easier to handle while making Olaf. 
It was a moment of achievement when the rice Olaf turned out perfect. The rice was flavored using chicken broth so that it tastes good. The omelet hearts, sausage snowflakes, chicken nuggets and berries complete the box. All ingredients were from the kitchen pantry. The face details of Olaf were supposed to be made with Sushi Nori Sheets but I didn’t have them so used paper instead, to complete the look (don’t add paper to the lunch box – this was for photography purpose only).
This Olaf Lunch box is sure to put smile on faces and kids would finish the box for sure. Jazz-up the lunch box, make rice Olaf, bear or any of the favorite character using  Reemka Steam Rice and keep your kids fueled all day with creative and nutritious meal.

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Rice Olaf Lunch Box
by January-8-2018
Do you want to build a snowman? Jazz-up your kids lunch box with their favorite Olaf made with Rice, omelet hearts, sausage snowflakes, nuggets and fruit. You’ll love the warm hugs too

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serving 1 Lunch box

Ingredients

Rice Olaf

Heart Shaped Egg Omelet

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, Crushed
  • Oil

Snowflake Sausages

  • Chicken Sausages
  • Oil to pan fry

Filling the box

  • Salad Leaves
  • Berries
  • Chicken Nuggets

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instruction. Let it cool, best to prepare a day in advance. Using a plastic wrap shape the rice to make the body of Olaf.
  2. Cut small circles out of sushi nori sheet to make Olaf’s eyes, buttons, brows and mouth. Cut circles of sliced cheese for eyes and a thin strip for teeth. Attach them on the face using little mayonnaise to make it stick together. Use the carrot to make the nose.
  3. Heart Shape Egg Omelet: Beat eggs and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a pan on low heat. Pour 1/5th of the egg mixture in the pan and spread. Cook the egg until the edges start to turn, start rolling the egg. Move the rolled egg to one side of the pan. Pour another 1/5th of the mixture, spread. Lift the rolled egg a little to spread the mixture under it. When the edges start to turn roll the egg again. Repeat until all the egg mixture is consumed.
  4. Now cut the egg into one-inch pieces. Place the cut side up (the side where you see the egg swirls) Cut diagonally and then turn one of them upside down. Attach to make the heart shaped egg omelet.
  5. Cut Sausages in half. Make cross incision on it and then make another incision on it. Pan fry the sausage, the snowflakes pattern will begin to open.
  6. Place Salad leaves on the base of the box. Position Olaf, fill up the spaces with Heart-shaped Egg Omelet, Sausage snowflakes, berries and nuggets.

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