Badam Phirni (Almond Phirni)

A smooth sweet almond pudding, very similar to Kheer (basmati rice pudding) but with much fewer carbs and eaten cold. Flavoued with cardamom, saffron or rosewater
Badam Phirni

A new recipe for Eid 2021, Badam Phirni (Almond Phirni). A smooth sweet pudding, very similar to Kheer (basmati rice pudding) but with much fewer carbs and eaten cold.

I’ve made Badam Phirni as opposed to Phirni as it uses chopped or ground nuts rather than just ground rice, meaning it is lower in carbs and contains more protein and fat, perfect for the gestational diabetes diet.

Here I have made two different flavoured Badam Phirni: saffron infused and rosewater.

Badam Phirni

Badam Phirni (Almond Phirni)

A smooth sweet almond pudding, very similar to Kheer (basmati rice pudding) but with much fewer carbs and eaten cold. Flavoued with cardamom, saffron or rosewater
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: kheer, phirni, pudding, rice pudding
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Contains Nuts
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten
Servings: 3 sevings
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Jo Paterson

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp basmati rice rinsed and soaked in water
  • 300 ml milk (whole, or unsweetened almond)
  • 100 ml double cream (or an additional 100ml unsweetened almond milk)
  • 5 whole cardamom pods
  • 70 grams erythritol sweetener (or xylitol)
  • 100 grams ground almonds (or blanched, chopped almonds)
  • 6 strands saffron (optional) plus extra for garnishing
  • 1 tsp rosewater (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almonds (or pistachios) chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals (optional)

Instructions

  • Rinse the basmati rice well, then cover in water and soak for at least 15 minutes to soften
  • If using saffron, add the strands of saffron to a tsp of milk in a small bowl to soak
  • Once the rice has softened, drain the water grind into a paste (add a drop of water if needed to help form a paste)
  • Pour the milk (and cream if using) into a pan with the cardamom pods and heat on medium to high. When the milk starts bubbling, just before it comes to a boil, add the sweetener and ground almonds and stir to dissolve the sweetener
  • Add the rice paste and stir continuously on medium-high heat, simmering to thicken. This may take 5-10 minutes. The Phirni should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (like custard)
  • Lift the cardamom pods out of the Phirni
  • Add the soaked saffron strands and/or rosewater if using, stir and then pour into bowls/ramekins and once cooled to room temperature, refrigerate
  • Garnish with chopped nuts, saffron and dried rose petals before serving
    Badam Phirni

Notes

In this recipe, I use NKD Living granulated erythritol sweetener. Erythritol is a naturally derived extract from fruits and plants and passes straight through your body undigested. Therefore, erythritol does not affect blood glucose levels and has zero net carbohydrates. Find out more at NKD Living.
NKD Living granulated erythritol
If you cannot get erythritol, you can substitute this with xylitol instead. The brand that is available in most larger supermarkets to purchase is Total Sweet. Please note, xylitol is highly toxic to dogs so you must not let them ingest any. Xylitol if eaten in larger amounts may cause gastric upset if you suffer conditions such as IBS.
Other sweeteners can be used, but please note, they may leave a bitter aftertaste and some may raise blood glucose levels. 
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used but you need to use MUCH MUCH LESS (approx. 5 tbsp but please double check your sweeteners label as they can all differ)
For the best outcomes with this recipe, it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 32g | of which saturates: 9g | Fibre: 5g | of which sugars: 1g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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