Blancmange (Phirni)

This creamy North Indian dessert is often served for special occasions.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 50 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 3 Tbsp. ground almonds
  • 6 Tbsp. rice flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp. rose water (optional)


  • In a deep, heavy-bottomed pan, combine the ground almonds, rice flour, whole milk, and heavy cream. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for about 20 minutes or until the rice mixture obtains a creamy consistency.
  • Add the condensed milk and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add the cardamom and rose water and mix well. Remove from heat. Serve hot or cold.