When life gives you peaches: Peach Phirni

How, just how could I not experiment with peaches as fresh as these?! And it was not easy to cook these, believe me, not because they wouldn’t lend themselves for cooking but because we were gobbling them up as is. They were fantastically juicy and sweet to bite into. I had to save up some specially to make this phirni. 

After my first ever post about how versatile phirni can be, peach phirni was as though just waiting to happen. And I don’t regret it; although I do have to apologize for taking away all the authenticity from this sweet concoction! A lot of you were curious about what I would make with these peaches. Here it is!

Peach Phirni

You”ll need:

  • 3 cups of Organic Milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup of raw Almonds
  • ¼ cup of raw Rice
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 4 large ripe, sweet Peaches

Method:

  • Soak the rice and almonds separately in water for 4-6 hours.
  • Peel the almonds, set aside
  • Drain the rice and grind into a coarse paste along with peeled almonds
  • Bring milk to a boil on low medium-low heat with sugar
  • Add the ground rice and almond mixture and whisk well to avoid lumps
  • Cook until the phirni reaches pudding-y consistency (about 15-20 minutes). Take off the heat and let it cool completely
  • Pit and peel the peaches (or not. I didn’t peel) and puree 3 of the 4 peaches. Dice the remaining peach and set aside
  • When the phirni cools completely, add the peach puree and diced peaches (save some for garnishing, if you wish). Mix well and refrigerate.
  • Serve chilled, garnished with a piece or two of diced peach

Quick update: If you pick peaches that are tart, there is a chance that it might curdle the phirni. In that case, I suggest cooking down the peaches with some sugar to make a “peach syrup” and then adding it to the basic phirni.

Another update: I am sneaking this in as my entry for this month’s AFAM-Peach hosted by Mansi of Fun and Food. And while I am at it, here is another look of this fruity phirni:

Peachy Phirni

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21 thoughts on “When life gives you peaches: Peach Phirni

  1. ooooh!!!! I’m not too fond of peaches… but I guess disguised like this… I’d LOVE it!!!!

    Manasi! You haven’t been here in a while, glad to see you!

  2. lovely phirni ..I am a die-hard phirni fan ..will have to try this one ….it really looks yum..i wish i could spoon out some for myself just now 🙂

    I wish you could too Nupur! 🙂

  3. Peaches in phirni? Now that is unique. What can lesser mortals like me who do not like peach use instead?

    I recommend the classic mango phirni. You could use apples as well – make the basic phirni and add grated apple (grated into milk) and cook for a while until the apple softens just a tad. I don’t think raw apples would work well. Garnish with apple slices, maybe? How about a dash of cinnamon? Hmm, I might just try it myself sometime 😉

  4. I love peaches and will try this next time when I bring them from farmers mkt…

    Hope you like it! And pick sweet peaches for this. Sometimes the tartness from the peaches might curdle the phirni. I will update the post to indicate that as well

  5. Never made phirni! Yours looks yummy! Peach must be giving great taste and flavour!:))

    You gotta make phirni! I recommend trying the authentic version first – with rose petals and gulkhand. It is to die for. The peaches did add a wonderful flavor. IMO it tasted better the next day

  6. that is one creamy peachy phirni 🙂
    but why did u wait sooooooooo long to post it? peaches r done, out here 😦 but will try next time for sure 😉

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