Showing Afghan food culture

Recipe: Firni pudding – the velvety, fragrant finale to an Afghan feast

Courtesy of the Embassy of Afghanistan, Tokyo


Firni milk pudding




– 500 ml milk

– 2 tbsp corn flour or cornstarch

– 3 tbsp sugar

– tsp ground cardamom

– A dash of rose water

– 3-4 strands of saffron


For garnish

– 4 tbsp of chopped pistachios or other nuts





1) Place the milk in a heavy-bottomed pan and whisk in the corn flour.

2) Add the remaining ingredients and bring gently to the boil with continued stirring.

3) Simmer gently and stir for 5 minutes before pouring into a large bowl or individual serving dishes.

4) Allow to cool before placing in the fridge to chill and set.

5) Sprinkle with chopped nuts before serving.


Edited by Rika Sakai & Robert Sakai-Irvine