Fereni: A Persian comfort desertPosted: 6 January 2015
Tastes savory; feels homey; looks dreamy: That’s Fereni: A pudding made of rice flour, milk, sugar and rosewater. This is a desert for all seasons, but a winter delight in particular.
- Ingredients: (for a small bowl serving 2)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbsp. rice flour (or corn starch)
- 4 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. rosewater
- About half an hour of patience!
- Note: Some replace rice flour with corn starch to make starch fereni.
Method: Pour milk, rice flour and sugar in to a small pot. Place it over low-medium heat and stir, first frequently then constantly, until the mix thickens – this would take about 25-30 minutes.
When the mixture is as thick as yogurt (you should see the slow motion of the mixture at the bottom of the pot when you tilt it a bit) add rose water and continue to stir for another few minutes.
Transfer the cooked and thickened mixture in to a serving bowl and let cool. The cooling process helps further thicken Fereni.
You can garnish with powdered cinnamon, sliced pistachio and silvered almond. OR, you could serve it as is: plain and pretty!