Don’t even think of not trying this!


Fairdini11 Anisgul is from Afghanistan. Her native language is Pashto. She’s worked hard to learn English and will start her third year of study in America this year. Anisgul loves to try all kinds of food and loves to cook! The recipe here is a loved Afghan dessert called firini (prounounced: FEERrini). It’s fabulous.  

Afghan people love firini. It’s easy to make and it tastes so good. The most special ingredient is the cardamon. Cardamon is a very popular spice in Afghanistan. Most people, when they have guests, make this dessert, but people also just make it for themselves.  Anisgul

Level — EASY


    Ingredients for firini: milk, sugar, cornstarch, cardamon.



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Measurements:  teaspoon - tsp.  ||  tablespoon - Tbs.  

What you will need: 

4 1/2 cups milk … 1/2 cup sugar … 4 Tbs cornstarch … 1 tsp cardamon.  Almonds, walnuts, chocolate shavings or fresh fruit to put on the top.  Chopped almonds and walnuts are the traditional topping. 


Step 1: 

Pour four cups of milk in a sauce pan. Set heat to medium. Add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved.


Step 2: 

In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup milk, 4 Tbs of cornstarch and 1 tsp of cardamon.  Mix well.  

Add milk and cornstarch mixture to the milk in your sauce pan.  Keep heat at medium.  Stir CONSTANTLY until the mixture comes to a slow boil.  Do not heat too quickly or the milk will burn on the bottom and the mixture will not thicken.


Step 3: 

Continue to stir the entire time until the mixture thickens, 10-15 minutes. 


Step 4: 

When the firini becomes thick, pour into a shallow dish with sides.



Step 5: 

Finely chop almonds, walnuts (or both) and sprinkle on the top. This is the traditional topping. You can also top firini with chocolate shavings or fruit, like strawberries.


You can be very creative with how you decorate the top, but any way you make it, it is guaranteed great!

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