July 31st, 2006
We visited Buchh’s this weekend in Detroit. Congratulations to Falak bhabi who recently finished her Phd. She is my husband Yasir’s cousins wife. She has three amazing kids; Shaima (teen beauty), Ziad(the cookie monster) and Abdullah (the cutest boy, any more cuter, and he would have to be a girl)
Falak bhabi is an amazing person in and out. We love visiting the Buchh’s. Falak bhabi is an amazing cook. You should starve yourself first if you ever visit her.
She made firni for dessert. This is her recipe.
7-8 tbsp rice flour
1 gallon milk (4-5 litres)
sugar as per taste (approx 2 bowls)
5-6 cardomom (elaichi)
optional: dessicated coconut, nuts, for garnishing
First boil the milk, and cardomoms in a heavy bottom pot. Keep stirring so the bottom doesnt burn. Once it is thickened (almost becomes 3/4) add the rice flour, and the sugar. Mix well. Boil till done. Pour into small serving bowls and refrigerate.
Serve cold and garnish with dessicated coconut or nuts.
Update: I just made the firni myself, after the first boil, I should have left it on medium-high. It took almost 2 hours for it reduce. But totally worth it, Yasir tasted it, he said, it was delicious! I will post pictures, when I garnish it just before serving.
Update: IMPORTANT change in the recipe.
Instead of putting the rice flour straight into the boiling milk, first make a paste of the rice flour with cold milk, and then stream it down slowly while stirring constantly in the hot milk. This way no lumps are formed.
(And this is generally how you would add any flour to hot liquids, first stir them in a little cold liquid. )