Pheni : Thin silky sewiyan Kheer
Pheni or the silky sewiyan is typically found in the market near karwachauth. It's pre-fried in ghee and is sold at the halwai shops in cute round pieces. You put them in boiling milk and switch off the gas and enjoy it after a while as a light kheer. A perfect easy to make dessert. Since its quick to make this is often eaten as a part of morning sargi for Karwachauth. I have always loved it and used to make mum buy loads of it at the time of Karwachauth and relish for months post that once a week.
As a pleasant surprise I also found them at a Telegu wedding in Bangalore recently. They were served as a mid meal sweet and served with hot badaam milk and a boondi ladoo, so you crush the ladoo for the sweetness and pour the milk on it which cooks it. So interesting to see cultures have similar stuff.
- In a heavy bottom pan, bring the milk to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes till slightly thick
- Add the sugar and badaam powder if using and simmer for two more minutes.
- Add the pheni and mix well. Switch off the gas and let it stand for 5-10 minutes
- In a small pan, heat the ghee and roast cashew and raisins.
- Add to the kheer and serve warm.