Fahad Inc. Dishes

    Fir-nee ~ Ground Rice Pudding

    Resembling the cornflour pudding, with a similar flavour, the ground rice makes for a thicker consistency, and therefore it makes a richer dessert. Very popular during Ramadan, it is advisable to refrigerate just as it has cooled but it can also be eaten at room temprature. This is a traditional local recipe.

    6 cups fresh milk
    6 heaped tablespoons rice flour
    6 heaped tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
    2 tablespoons rose water
    chopped pistachios to garnich

    Put milk in a medium saucepan and slowly add rice flour and sugar, stirring until smooth. Whisk a little to aerate and bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring constantly. Continue to boil for two to three minutes, remove from heat, blend in the cardamom, saffron and rose water, whisk a little again, then remove from heat and pour into one dish or individual bowls. Decorate with pistachios and eventually refrigerate.

    From the book "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook"
    by Celia Ann Brock- Al Ansari
    Copyright © 1994 by Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari

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