Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yakh-dar-Behesht : Ice in Heaven

This is a quick fix pudding from Iranian which is actually prepared during summer to beat the sweltering and yes, its name literally means "Ice in Heaven" and it truly takes you to heaven. It is similar to firni/phirni or fereni in Iranian as like firni it also uses rice flour. The only difference I found was the use of cornstarch or even wheat starch which sets the pudding instantly. I have browsed through several recipes and here's my recipe that uses the minimum quantities required for 2-3 bowls.

Rice flour: 2.5 tbsp
Cornstarch: 2 tbsp and 2 tsp
Milk: 1 and 1/4 cup (preferably cold/room temp)
Water: 1 and 1/4 cup (preferably cold/room temp)

Sugar: 1/4 cup or as per taste

Toasted Chopped Pistachios: for garnishing
Dissolve cornstarch in cold water.Dissolve rice flour in cold milk.Combine the two together and bring to a slow boil in a heavy bottomed pan.Stir regularly and cook until it thickens. This will take only few minutes or barely 5-7 minutes.Add sugar and rosewater as required. Continue cooking for few more minutes until the sugar dissolves and the pudding thickens,while stirring regularly. This may take another 2-3 minutes.

Pour into serving bowls and chill in the fridge.If you leave it outside then a skin may come.Serve as dessert garnished with chopped pistachios and/or dried rose petals etc.

Taste it to live it.You can feel the spoon,cutting through the fluffy clouds or pillowsof heaven and your tongue will take you there. OMG, this is THE BEST. Enjoy each and every moment.

This also is visiting AWED:Iran at Sweet Artichoke,an event by DK.


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