Easy Phirni Perfect

How about a fancy Indian dessert for Valentine’s dinner? This phirni parfait is the perfect dessert to make on Valentine’s Day special occasion. The delicious and creamy phirni lotus seeds are loaded with fresh fruit and the crunch of pistachio. Too good to be true! Phirni Parfait is one of those easy Indian food recipes that looks extremely fancy and is super simple to make.

The best part about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. Arrange in serving glasses and keep in the fridge. Later, finish a romantic dinner with a delicious homemade Indian dessert. Add a little romance to your Valentine’s Day menu with this simple Indian recipe that is also unique.

You can make phirni parfait with the freshest seasonal fruits available: strawberries, raspberries, mango, black grapes, peaches, or cherries. For the crunch you can use bread croutons, chocolate cookies or vanilla sponge cake. Phirni Parfait is one of those desserts that can be totally customized to your liking. Invite your loved one for an intimate dinner and end your date with this romantic dessert for two.


Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes.

Yield: 2 servings


1/2 liter of whole milk

1/3 cup Makhana (lotus seeds)

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of ghee

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

1 teaspoon of cardamom powder

Other Ingredients:

1-2 peaches / mango diced

1/4 cup bread croutons

1/4 cup apple diced

1/4 cup pomegranate pearls

2 tablespoons of chopped pistachio


In a pan, heat the ghee and toast the lotus seeds for 5 minutes.

Pulse in a blender once to make a coarse powder. Stay to one side.

Soak the saffron threads in a tablespoon of milk and set aside.

Take the milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the saffron threads and the cardamom powder.

Boil over low heat. Keep stirring at regular intervals.

Once the milk is reduced to half the original amount, add the lotus seed powder.

Let the milk simmer until it thickens and stir at regular intervals.

Add the sugar, simmer the phirni for 2-3 minutes, then turn off the heat.

Let the phirni cool completely. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Arrange it in the serving glasses. Layer croutons of bread, nuts, and fruit.

Serve Phirni Parfait chilled.

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