Thandai Phirni – Spiced Rice Flour Pudding for Holi Festival. Vegan Phirni Recipe with Thandai Masala mix. Vegan Indian Dessert Gluten-free Soy-free Refined oil free.
Happy Holi Everyone! Tis the time for this festival of Colors. Although it is too cold out here to really enjoy it. Ideally a warm day is essential for all the fun with the watered and dry colors. See some pictures of the celebration from last year in India here.
Holi, like most other Indian festivals has some specific dishes associated with it. Thandai, which is a nutty refreshing thick milk shake like drink (often also spiked), uses a Thandai blend of nuts and spices. I use that blend to add the flavor to this rice flour pudding called phirni. Phirni is often flavored with just saffron or cardamom and is a simple rice pudding. It is creamy, custard like, melt in the mouth lightly sweet, lightly flavored. Garnish with slivered raw or toasted nuts and dried rose petals for a pretty dessert.
To serve it as a snack or breakfast, garnish with chia seeds, other toasted seeds, nuts and coconut. Phirni is generally made with soaked rice, this is a quicker version with rice flour. This phirni uses the Thandai masala blend and makes for a delicious, nutty, spiced pudding. You can make this into a simple rice pudding as well, see Recipe notes for options.
More Holi Recipes from the blog!
- Gajar Halwa- Carrot Spoon fudge GF.
- Mango Sheera / Halwa
- Mango Burfi – GF Bars
- Kesar Peda – GF Saffron almond fudge cookies
- 7 Cup Burfi – Chickpea flour coconut Fudge. GF
- Vermicelli Kheer Pudding – GF option
Thandai Masala Blend above. Use the Thandai blend with 1 cup of non dairy yogurt and 1/2 cup almond milk and some ice cubes and sweetener, blend to make a Thandai Lassi!
Add the blend to you regular rice pudding or blend with warm non dairy milk for spiced milk.
If you make any of the Holi Dishes, do let me know how they turned out! I love to see the remakes and get feedback about the recipes. Happy Holi to all who are celebrating, stay warm and safe.
Use whichever ingredients you have and do try this Delicious Pudding.
Thandai Phirni - Spiced Rice Flour Pudding
Thandai Masala Blend:
- 6-7 (6 ) raw cashews
- 4 almonds or 1 tbsp almond powder
- 2-3 (2 ) raw pistachios (optional)
- 4 black peppercorns
- 1 green cardamom or 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) poppy Seeds , 1/3 tsp for less prominent flavor
- 1/8 tsp (0.13 tsp) fennel seeds
- 8 Saffron strands
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) dried rose petals (optional)
- 3 tbsp rice flour , I use white rice flour for neutral flavor
- 2.5 cups (610 ml) non dairy milk such as almond, soy or light coconut , 2 cups for thicker pudding
- 3.5 to 4 tbsp sugar or sweetner
- 1/8 tsp (0.13 tsp) salt
- sliced pistachios, saffron or dried rose petals for garnish
- Thandai Blend: Grind the ingredients in a grinder, blender until a coarse mixture.
- Pudding: Blend the rice flour, 1 cup non dairy milk and the thandai blend. Blend for a minute, then let it rest for a minute, then blend again for a minute. I use the same blender which has the coarse Thandai mix.
- Add the rice flour thandai mixture to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the rest of the non dairy milk, sugar, salt and mix in. Bring it to a boil. The mixture will start to get lumpy, keep stirring frequently and the lumps will incorporate in the pudding. Once smooth, cook for another minute. Once the mixture is very lumpy, you can reduce the heat to medium low to avoid sticking. It takes 10 - 12 minutes total.
- Cool the mixture to warm. Serve warm or chill, then garnish with sliced pistachios, saffron or dried rose petals. For a snack pudding, add nuts, seeds and coconut for garnish