Firni (Rice Blancmange)

3 c Milk
3 tb Ground rice
3 tb Sugar
1/2 ts Ground cardamom
1 tb Rose water or 2-3 drops rose
Essence
2 tb Blanched pistachios or
Almonds


Take some of the cold milk and mix with the ground rice to a smooth cream. Bring the rest of the milk to the boil with sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir in creamed ground rice, then return pan to heat and stir constantly until mixture bolis and thickens. Boil, stirring for 3 minutes. Sprinkle over the cardamom, rose water or essence and half the pistachios, chopped. Stir well. Pour into individual dessert dishes. Decorate tops with remaining pistachios or almonds, slivered. Serve warm or chilled.