Chocolate Phirni

July 22, 2019mayurisjikoni
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Chocolate Phirni is a twist to the classic phirni. Phirni is traditionally made from soaked and ground rice cooked in milk and sugar. Spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron are added along with some nuts. To give a twist to a traditional Indian Sweet, I have added both milk and dark chocolate to a phirni recipe.


The Group: FoodieMonday/ Bloghop

It is so nice to be back to FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group. I’ve missed a few themes in the past few weeks because of traveling and a wedding in the family. Indian weddings means a lot of work, preparing for traditional rituals, taking care of guests, making sure everything works seamlessly. Also and fun time meeting up with friends and family. I met some of my sister in law’s family and her friends after so many years and it was really fun spending time with them, catching up and getting to know how life has treated all of them.

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group is a where 12 enthusiastic food bloggers prepare a new dish according to theme and we post it every Monday.

Theme: Mithai Mein Twist

Literally translated it means a twist to the Indian dessert or mithai as we call it. This theme was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at First Timer Cook. Related to chocolate, check out her unique flavoured Chocolate Tea.  I’ve had chocolate tea which came all the way from Ooty. However, it really didn’t impart that subtle taste of chocolate to the tea. I prefer Sasmita’s recipe.

My Recipe For The Theme: Chocolate Phirni

A few days ago I messaged her that I wanted to make a pannacotta and add a desi twist. She sent me an emoticon which showed disappointment. Got the message immediately. I then messaged back that I may not participate as I may not get ingredients in Bali to prepare an Indian sweet or mithai with a twist.

She encouraged me to try and that’s when my brains sort of jolted back to a proper thinking mode. Till then it was still in the jet lag area… we flew out of US on Monday and it was Wednesday when we arrived in Bali! A discomforting thought that we lost one whole day!

How The Recipe Came Up

How did the idea come about? I went to the supermarket with basundi in my head. I bought some full fat milk and was thinking of what to add in it to give it a twist when phirni entered the head and wouldn’t leave!

How did I think of chocolate? Well, there’s quite a bit of chocolate around the house as in her pregnant state, my daughter in law has a crazy craving for it. Weird, as normally she would not indulge in any chocolate. I keep on reminding her that the baby definitely has the Patel gene as we all are chocoholics.


So Chocolate Phirni is my contribution for the Mithai mein twist. Here the chocolate has given it a complete twist, making it more appealing as a rice pudding to the palate of a non Indian and a welcome dessert for chocoholics. Does it taste like the normal phirni? Not at all. My French ‘Samdhi’ kept on insisting that I’ve made the French Rice Pudding and not an Indian dessert. So guess the twist worked well.

Other Phirni Recipes You May Like

Thandai Makhana Phirni is a creamy, delish, cool Indian dessert that can be served during the Festival of Colour, Holi. Easy to make and light too.
Check out this recipe

Thandai Makhana Phirni

Black Rice Phirni

Poha/Flattened Rice Phirni

Kesar Sooji Phirni

Gulkand Phirni

Ingredients Required For Chocolate Phirni:

Rice – I have used brown rice. You can use normal white rice too. It is important to soak the rice for at least 30 minutes as that will grind better and cook faster too.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – adds thickness and sweetness too. I have not used the full tin as that would make the phirni too sweet for us. Add according to your taste.

Milk – use full fat milk if possible. Adds a lovely creaminess to the dessert.

Chocolate – I have used both milk and dark chocolate. Use any chocolate of your choice.

Cardamom – I added cardamom as that is what I had when I posted this recipe. I have tried it with orange zest, vanilla and lemon zest too. All taste equally good. For a boozy dessert, add a bit of your favourite liqueur – Cointreau, Baileys Cream, Limoncello are my favourite.

Toppings: Add a bit of your favourite chocolate, chopped nuts, roasted coconut, etc.



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Chocolate Phirni is a twist to the classic phirni. Phirni is traditionally made from soaked and ground rice cooked in milk and sugar. Spices like cardamom, nutmeg, saffron are added along with some nuts. Here chocolate is added to it and have used cardamom for flavour.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
SOAKING TIME: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert, Indian dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • 5 tbsp brown rice
  • 1 litre milk full fat
  • 300 g sweetened condensed milk please note that I've not used a full tin
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g dark chocolate I used 80% dark chocolate
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder


  • Cacao Nibs
  • Grated Chocolate
  • Chocolate barks
  • Granola
  • Your favourite chocolate e.g. M&M, mini KitKat, Bounty, etc


  • Wash and soak the rice in little water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain out the water.
  • Grind the rice into a coarse powder in a food processor. If you're using a food blender then add some of the measured milk and grind it.
  • Heat milk in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When it becomes hot, add the coarse rice powder/rice milk mixture.
  • Stir the mixture often so that it does not stick to the bottom.
  • Let it come to a boil. Add the condensed milk.
  • Let the mixture cook, stir it often and keep on scrapping the cream that develops on the side. Put it back into the mixture.
  • Cook till the rice is done and the mixture has become thick. This will take about 20-25 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Add both the milk and dark chocolate and stir till it melts in the phirni.
  • Let the phirni cool down a bit, mix occasionally so that a cream layer does not form on top.
  • Spoon the chocolate phirni into small bowls, glasses or clay pots.
  • Put in the fridge for it to set. I prefer to leave it overnight. You could leave it in the fridge for 5-6 hours.
  • Serve it chilled topped with your favourite topping.


  • I used less condensed milk as the milk chocolate imparts sweetness to the phirni. If you have a sweeter tooth then use the whole tin.
  • I used Cadbury Plain Milk Chocolate and Bali Dark Chocolate. Use any that is available in your area.
  • Add flavoring of your choice like orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.
Keyword chocolate phirni, chocolate rice pudding, phirni recipe

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  • namscorner18

    July 24, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Sinful dessert for chocolate lovers like me. wish to grab that glass right away.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Sinful it was, but so yummy. Thanks Narmadha.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        July 25, 2019 at 1:54 pm

        Chocolate phirni sounds super yummy. I don’t like phirni much but this chocolatey phirni tempted me to try it. Loved the use of brown rice in it. Who can say no to this divine dessert.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        July 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks Sujata, I love phirni especially chilled. This one was definitely different.

  • poonampagar

    July 24, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Adding chocolate flavour to our traditional phirni is such a wonderful idea di ! Loved the use of brown rice and condensed milk here. Perfect treat for the ongoing festive season .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:59 am

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • The Girl Next Door

    July 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I’m not a big fan of phirni, but I love this chocolate twist to it. 🙂 looks absolutely delicious! Beautiful presentation of the dessert too. 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:56 am

      Thank you Priya.

  • FoodTrails

    July 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Loved this Chocolaty twist on the traditional Phirini!! Looks so rich and creamy!! I like how you use different types of Rice(Black,Brown) in making desserts.. !! I am sure your family especially your daughter-in-law must have relished it to the core.. best wishes you your dil.. waiting to hear the good news..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:55 am

      Thank you so much Swati. I love trying out different types of rice.

  • Brian Jones

    July 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    What an interesting recipe, a very new one to me but one I look forward to trying.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Brian, its easy and a good crowd pleaser.

  • jeannette9712gmailcom

    July 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Cardamom, nuts, and saffron sounds really interesting. I have never heard of phirni.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Its like a rice pudding but using coarsely ground rice Jeanette.

  • Preethi Prasad

    July 28, 2019 at 10:46 am

    I am awstruck with your enthusiasm. Hats off to you for posting such a wonderful dessert inspite of your hectic schedule. Chocolate Phirni is a fabulous treat for your family. Enjoy your time with your family .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 28, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi, is bahane se pariwar ko mithai mili.

    2. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

      July 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      The chocolate phirni looks really so delicious and for a chocolate lover this is a pure bliss !! Love the simple yet eyecatchy presentation

      1. mayurisjikoni

        August 3, 2019 at 10:17 am

        Thank you so much Sasmita. My family loved it and we all are chocoholics.

  • End of the Fork

    July 28, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    That’s such an interesting twist! And I love cardamom with chocolate so I’m sure I will love this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 29, 2019 at 5:29 am

      Thank you so much, surprisingly cardamom and chocolate do taste good together.

  • Seema

    July 29, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Thats just heaven on earth. Phirni is comfort,l but mayruri you brough the magic with chocolate too…adore the recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 29, 2019 at 5:28 am

      Thank you so much Seema. I too was surprised how good the phirni tasted with both the dark and milk chocolate.

  • Ramona’s Cuisine

    July 29, 2019 at 12:52 am

    I really love the sound and the looks of this recipe. I have never mixed rice and condensed milk. Wow! This must be delicious. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 29, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Thanks Ramona, the condensed milk just helps to quicken the cooking process.

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    July 29, 2019 at 7:53 am

    What a tasty nd healthy Phirni di, using brown rice nd chocolate in making Phirni is very innovative. Also loved Ur Phirni collection 👌

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 4, 2019 at 7:10 am

      Thank you so much Aruna.

  • Heidi Roberts

    August 16, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    This dessert looks like the perfect thing to end a lovely meal!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks Heidi.


    August 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Mayuri this is a delicious phirniI love phirni and recently have started liking chocolate in my dishes. So I can savour and imagine the taste of this awesome chocolate phrini. Will definitely try it in this season’s festivities.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Archana.

  • simplysensationalfood

    August 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    The chocolate phirni sounds really delicious nad I absolutely love the presentation, Its making me crave it now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Nayna.

  • Mina Joshi

    January 13, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    The phirni looks scrumptious. As usual your presentation is amazing. Anyone would want to grab them now.

  • Renee DeLeon

    January 27, 2020 at 12:21 am

    While I enjoy a plant-based lifestyle, your recipe has totally inspired me! You had me at chocolate and then sealed the deal with the mention of cardamom. Do you think your recipe will work if I used plant-based milk?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks Renee, it definitely will work with a plant based milk like almond, cashew nut and coconut. It will taste awesome.

  • Chrissy Faery

    July 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Oooh, that looks amazing! I’ve got some serious chocolate cravings now!! 💚 When I get my hands on some vegan condensed milk (a new one’s just launched that I’m dying to try out!) I’m definitely giving this a go! Thank you so much for sharing! xx

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