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Kesar mango chia phirni (pudding)

Looking for delicious and healthy dessert recipes that are easy to make? Look no further than kesar (saffron) mango chia phirni. This spinoff on the classic Desi (Indian and Pakistani) pudding is made with mango, chia seeds, milk, and accented with saffron. It's high in protein and fibre, making it ideal as a diabetes diet friendly and heart healthy recipe. It requires no cooking, is gluten-free, and vegan.


Courtesy of Shahzadi Devje's website



  • 2¼ cups macadamia milk or any other plant based milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 4 mangoes Alphonso, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds black
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup golden
  • 2 tablespoon almonds plain, chopped


  1. In a medium jug, add milk and saffron and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients. This will help to release the flavour of the saffron into the milk
  2. Peel and pit the mangoes and add them to a blender or food processor. Blitz until smooth. Pour the mango mixture into a large bowl
  3. Add the saffron milk and maple syrup to the mango mixture. Stir until well combined
  4. Next, add chia seeds to the mango-milk mixture and stir well.
  5. Transfer the chia phirni into serving bowls and place them in the fridge for two hours to set
  6. When you're ready to serve, garnish each one with chopped almonds (or any other nut of your choice). You could also add mango chunks, mango jelly and dried roses to garnish.


Here are a few tips to help you make the best mango chia phirni:

  • Use ripe mangoes: This is key for maximum flavour. Try using a mango variety that is known for its sweetness, such as the Alphonso mango.
  • Blitz the mangoes until smooth: This will help to create a creamy pudding-like consistency.
  • Stir well: Be sure to stir the mango chia mixture until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  • Chill: Allow the mango chia phirni to set in the fridge for two hours before serving. This will help it to thicken and become pudding-like in texture.
  • Garnish: Add your favourite nut and rose garnishes just before serving for a pretty presentation.

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