Blueberry Phirni

With the Indian New Year of Ugadi and Gudi Padva just round the corner, Executive Chef Dinesh Mhatre from Hilton Mumbai International Airport teaches us to make Blueberry Phirni, a traditional creamy delight laden with a contemporary touch of blueberries.

“Blueberry Phirni is my twisted rendition to this otherwise regular sweet dish. In this special version of phirni, blueberries are chopped and mixed in the rice-milk mixture and are then left to chill in the refrigerator. This phirni will be a sweet and fruity dessert that will make you come back for more,” says Chef Mhatre.


  • Rice 150 gm
  • Sugar 150 gm
  • Saffron
  • Blueberry 150 gm
  • Milk 1 liter
  • Pistachio 50 gm


  • Clean, wash and soak the rice for 3 hours. Then grind it to a thick paste and keep it aside
  • Soak saffron in warm water
  • In a thick deep pan, pour milk and boil for 10 minutes
  • Add saffron and the rice paste and stir until it attains one-string consistency. Then add the sugar and allow it to boil.
  • Remove from the flame and allow to cool it
  • After cooling, add half cut blue berries. Mix well and store in the refrigerator
  • Serve chilled garnished with pistachio and more blueberries

Happy New Year!

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