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Fereni Starch Pudding Recipe

Fereni Starch Pudding

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"A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste."

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  1. Dissolve corn starch in 1 cup of cold milk.
  2. Bring remaining milk to boil with cardamom and ground almonds. Then add corn starch mixture and stir continuously with a whisk. Add sugar and rosewater to taste. Allow the mixture to boil for about 3 more minutes on medium heat. Remove cardamom seeds from the mixture and pour it into serving dishes. Garnish with slivered almonds and serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 16, 2004

This has a refreshing taste...i had some problems with lumpiness and resolved by putting in the blender. I used a bit of 1/2 and 1/2 for added depth. Also i made some additions of cinnamon chips and scattered in a bit of coconut flakes. The coconut flakes were nice, but next time would do without the cinnamon chips. Less is more in this pudding. :0}

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 21, 2007

I think we have a problem with the instructions. I thought the amount of cornstarch to be too large, but decided to follow to the letter (I allways do this the first time with any recipie.) Basicaly, it gelled in the pan before the cooking was complete. It was the consistency of stuffing or bread pudding when we tried to get it out of the pan. As it cooled, it got even firmer, finaly becoming a hard, starchy ball of glop (although very good tasting glop). This recipie HAS to be wrong. I've looked at some other ones, and am pretty convinced that it's not 2/3rds cup of starch, but 2 to 3 tablespoons of corn starch... I'd like to hear other peoples experience with this as well. Thanks!


11 Ratings

Nov 04, 2006

as written, this would be a 1 star. I know that Fereni (or 'zaghoughou') as it is called in North Africa, is supposed to be thick, but at the very beginning I questioned the ratio of cornstarch to liquid. Against my better judgement I followed the recipe and had to double the amount of milk, so it would not be nothing but a blob of paste. I toasted the almonds first, bruised the green cardamom pods, and had to add 2 tbsp. more sugar. With these changes, my husband's eyes lit up and it has made for a nice Eid holiday dessert. It is only slightly sweet with the 2 extra tbsp. of sugar; with the quarter cup, it was barely noticeable and overpowered by the taste of cornstarch. Perhaps our cornstarch is different here in the states. I'll make again and again, just with the changes. As written, I just can't justify giving this recipe more stars. There has to be a mistake with the amt. of cornstarch. Maybe it should read 2 or 3 tbsp instead of 2/3 cup?

Oct 31, 2005

FYI - I have not tried this recipe yet. Firni is supposed to be thick, quite thick. if made well, it tastes great. Often served in clay dishes in Pakistan and India. I suggest trying other sites for a recipe you like. Also, rosewater is for scent only, not taste. Smell is just as an important part of any dish! Most people love the smell, I couldn't try desserts without it frankly! But use few drops only. Good luck.

Jan 16, 2004

I was soooo excited to find this fereni recipe... it's different and more intresting from the regular plain one i've been making. i'm not a big rosewater fan,so i just left it out and it was great. especially when it's served cold.

Aug 12, 2010

BIG MISTAKE! there should be four cups of milk to that ratio of corn starch. another missing factor is 1 cup of rice flour that is dissovled in cold water and cooked while constantly stiring on medium heat until it becomes smoothe before everything else. try this with the rice flour step first, then the correct mixture of cornstarch. if you want to serve cold about two hours in the fridge should do. good luck!

Feb 15, 2004

I followed this recipe to a "T" and my family and I found it awful! It was toooo thick and not at all like a pudding consistency I was looking for. Thanks anyways.

Apr 27, 2010

It was wonderful!


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  • Calories
  • 223 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 35 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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