Blueberry Phirni with Sabudana

This one is an original recipe of mine. I was bored with all the traditional Navratri fare and wanted to try something different. The idea started with a visit to the refrigerator where I had a stack of Blueberries. I wondered if a combination of Sabudana and this favourite berry of mine would work. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I was to try it out. Now, Blueberry is not a must for this dessert, you can replace it with any other seasonal fruit or even dried fruits. The unique thing about this recipe is that you need to grind the Sabudana to a fine powder and not use is in its whole form. In a typical Phirni, one uses Rose water but I decided to go with Vanilla extract (Vanilla essence will also do). It was a bold mix and match experiment which turned out to be a super hit at home. We ran out of stock in no time and I had to prepare more of this Phirni by popular demand. Another interesting aspect of this Phirni is that it does not harden too quickly unless kept in the freezer, so if you like your Phirni nice and soft, store it in the main section of the refrigerator. I can guarantee the Sabudana Blueberry Phirni will add smiles to the faces of your loved ones at the end of a Navratri meal. Happy fooding around.




Blueberry Phirni with Sabudana


An Original Recipe



  • 1/3rd cup Sabudana or Sago (Tapioca Pearls)
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Milk powder
  • 4 Tsp + 2 Tsp Sugar
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla extract/essence
  • ½ cup Blueberries
  • 1/3rd cup water
  • A few Almonds and Pistachios for garnishing


  1. Transfer the Sabudana to a grinder and repeatedly grind the sago till it becomes evenly powdered.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the milk. Keep stirring and boiling it, till it reduces a bit and is 3/4th of its original volume.
  3. Add the Milk powder and mix it thoroughly into the milk. Next add the Sabudana powder and lightly boil for a minute or two. Now add 4 Tsp sugar and stir well to help it dissolve. Take off from flame and pass it one time through a sieve just to be doubly sure that there are no lumps. Add the vanilla essence to the sabudana -milk mix and pour the mixture into individual serving bowls. Leave it in the freezer for 1 hour or in the refrigerator for 3 -4 hours.
  4. In the meantime prepare the Blueberries by putting them in a bowl with 1/3rd cup water and 2 Tsp sugar. Simply microwave them at high for 40 to 50 seconds. If no microwave, simply put the blueberries along with the sugar and water in a pan over medium flame and cook for a minute or two, till the blueberries soften and mixes with the sugar syrup.
  5. Take out the Sabudana phirni bowls half way when they are almost set and add the blueberries to each of the bowls from the top.
  6. Before serving garnish with sliced almonds and chopped pistachios.



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