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Lubna Karim
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
2 People
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ABOUT Gil-e-Firdaus RECIPE

A sweet and chilled dessert like this is must when you are having elaborate spicy food.

Recipe Tags

  • Medium
  • Dinner Party
  • Hyderabadi
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 2

  1. ½ lit. Milk
  2. ½ cup grated Bottle gourd
  3. 2 tbsp. Sago/Sabudana
  4. ¼ cup Basmati rice
  5. 2 tbsp. almond paste, Check ‘Notes’
  6. ¼ tbsp. cardamom powder
  7. A few strands saffron
  8. ½ tbsp. Green food color
  9. 1 tbsp. Vanilla essence
  10. ½ can Condensed Milk
  11. ½ tbsp. Silvered almonds
  12. 2 tbsp. ghee
  13. 1½ cups water
  14. 1 Silver Varq/leaf


  1. Wash and soak sago for 1 hour.
  2. Wash basmati rice with clean water and pat to dry. Spread rice clean muslin cloth for 30-40 minutes under fan. Grind to coarse paste.
  3. In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add ghee and fry slivered almonds. Once they turn light golden using a slotted spoon remove the almonds on to kitchen tissue and set aside.
  4. In the same ghee add grated bottle gourd and on medium flame fry for 2-3 minutes by turning up and down.
  5. Now add half of milk and 1½ cups of water to bottle gourd. Cook until bottle gourd is soft.
  6. In another thick bottom vessel add remaining milk and cook coarsely ground rice along with sago till done. Take care not to burn this mixture.
  7. Now add condensed milk, cardamom powder, almond paste, vanilla essence and give the mixture good stir. Add above boiled milk and bottle gourd mixture. Stir gently.
  8. Cook on low flame and stir until everything combines together. Now add green food color and stir.
  9. Cook till you get kheer consistency. If the mixture is getting too thick, then you can add ½ cup milk.
  10. Garnish with golden fried slivered almonds and edible silver leaf. Taste best when served chilled.

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KRITIKA SINGH   Apr-12-2018

Any substitute for vanilla essence?

Usha Soni
Usha Soni   Feb-08-2017

i dont like sabudana can i make this dish without sabudana??

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