Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fereni With Pashmak

Fereni is a Persian pudding made with milk, rosewater and pistachios. Pashmak - which means "little wool" in Persian - is candy floss made from sesame and sugar. Put the two of them together and you get a pretty, dainty, quirky dessert that will surely win the hearts of both young and old.

In fact, did you know that Fereni is commonly prepared for infants and little children? Well, welcome to Persion Cuisine 101! :)

But wait, how on earth did I know all that, when I actually know zilch about Persian-anything? Well, it all started with a packet of pistachio-flavoured Pashmak the postman delivered. It was a gift from the lovely Ellie to my children. :)

Needless to say, I was eager to make something nice. This was, after all, my first encounter with Persian candy floss, although I had seen it before at Ellie's blog. Ah, a rose-flavoured dessert would complement the pistachio Pashmak, I thought. And one of those Middle Eastern milk puddings I have been wanting to make would be perfect!

After a few clicks, I was brought to this recipe - one of Persian origin, no less - and I just knew, this was the one. That, my friends, was how I got to know all about Fereni. :) Bless the Internet.


This is freshly cooked Fereni, pure and white. If you're wondering how that little gunny sack has my name on it, my fairy godmother made it for me. :)

Before serving, sprinkle chopped pistachios for topping. You can enjoy this either warm or chilled, although I so much prefer the warm version. Especially on a gloomy day (which explains the poor lighting) ... just standing by the window, watching the raindrops beating down ... enjoying scoops of warm, rose-scented, custardy milk pudding. So comforting, so uplifting.


Fereni with pistachio Pashmak. From white to whimsical ... like something out of a fairytale.

Recipe
(from here)

- 4 heaped tbsp rice flour
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 200 ml cold water
- 250 ml whole milk
- 2 tsp rose water or a pinch of ground cardamom
- a handful of toasted pistachios or almonds, coarsely chopped
- a pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

1. Place the rice flour and sugar in a small pot and stir in the water, milk and rosewater or cardamom.

2. Place the pot on medium heat and cook it stirring constantly to avoid it scorching for 5-6 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. Add a splash of boiling water to thin it slightly if it is too thick. Set aside and allow to cool slightly. Taste and add a little more rosewater or cardamom to taste.

3. If the Fereni is to be eaten warm, ladle it into serving bowls and decorate it with the chopped nuts and cinnamon if using and serve. Alternatively, ladle it into the serving bowls and cover them tightly with cling film and place them in the fridge to chill. Decorate with the nuts and cinnamon just before serving. OR, if you have access to Pashmak, use it! :)

25 comments:

  1. Wow, these are so unique and pretty! I would love to try to make this delightful treat one day!

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  2. Hey darling, this is simply gorgeous!

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  3. Oh Ju, what a great dessert you made with the pashmak! I am glad you all have enjoyed it. Thanks for the mention :)

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  4. I still have my rose water left over from making Lebanese rice pudding. The pics are so pretty esp with the pashmak

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  5. This looks so exquisite and exotic!

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  6. Very pretty and congratulations on the publications too :)

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  7. this is so pretty! I love Persian Cuisine. And you can see similar Firni recipes in India too. I love Persian influenced Indian cuisine as well!

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  8. So pretty! U're right.. it's almost like a fairy tale.. the pashmak gives dreamy effect. Congrats your on the article feature!!! Of course your photos are magazine-worthy horrrrr ;)

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  9. i love pashmak, and i'm lucky to get it at many places in Melbourne. the green is so lovely, isn't it? your fereni looks delicious!

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  10. Never had fereni, never had pashmak, but so pretty Ju! Love the daisy galssware!

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  11. Hi! Sorta new here. The pashmak looks like what young Persian princesses would eat, its looks kinda royal! :)

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  12. I love pashmak! beautiful delight for a grey day ;)

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  13. Oh I love that look! How adorable..And a godmother is a relative..in a magical mystical sense:)

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  14. This is simply gorgeous Ju...you are amazing!
    I love your beautiful little sack!
    L~xo

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  15. Can we purchase rosewater from local supermarkets? And your dessert looks soooo pretty. I've never even heard of fereni or pashmak, now i can't wait to get my hands on them!!

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  16. I know nothing about Persian cuisine... but your flavour combinations in this dessert go straight to my heart... topping this with fairy floss makes it look like lots of fun.

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  17. The green color is just lovely. Would love to try this!

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  18. Very pretty! Never tried this and would love to!

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  19. Questa tua ricetta è favolosa, la proverei subito. Un abbraccio Daniela

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  20. I've been in Sydney this last week and saw these Fairy floss at a department store... They came in a few exotic flavors- almost wanted to get them but decided against it... Because i did not know what to do with them. Next time, I must remember. You used them beautifully.

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  21. Rachel: I purchased my rosewater from Phoon Huat. I don't think they sell it in local supermarkets.

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  22. Oh I remember seeing this on Ellie's blog (and various mags) and being so struck by its fluffy beauty. This looks great!

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  23. where did you get the lovely glasses they are in?

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  24. I remember now! I ate the floss at Ivory the indian kitchen at clarke quay!
    CUG

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