Persian Firni - Yakh Dar Behesht

  • Rice-flour, 100 grams
  • Starch, 150 grams
  • Ground almonds 15g
  • Superfine (not powdered) Sugar, 500 grams
  • Rosewater, 1/2 cup
  • Milk, 1 liter
  • Water, 1 liter
  • Crushed pistachios, Fresh or candied rose petals, lime zest, crushed pistachios and almonds for garnish


Dissolve starch well in cold water. Combine rice flour, ground almonds and sugar and dissolve them well in cold milk. Mix the two solutions and bring to slow boil over low heat.

Regularly stir the mix until it thickens. Now add rosewater. Continue stirring the mix while it boils very slowly with a wooden spoon or whisk so that it does not settle.

When the mix becomes very thick, it is ready. Pour it into a deep rectangular dish and shake so that the surface is level. Let it cool down completely, then cut a grid into it the lines of which are parallel to the diagonals of the dish.

Decorate it with the crushed pistachios, rose petals, lime zest, crushed pistachios and almonds on top. It is now ready to serve.

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