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Pheni Kheer Recipe for the Karwa Chauth Festival

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Pheni Kheer

Pheni Kheer

What Is the Karwa Chauth Festival?

Karwa Chauth is a festival celebrated by married Hindu women in northern and western India. Traditionally, the festival is observed as a ritual day of fasting as the women pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The day-long fast is kept from sunrise to moonrise.

Pheni, a type of vermicelli, is a part of the traditional pre-dawn meal eaten by women who observe this fast. It is a simple and quick-to-prepare milk-based dessert that is absolutely delicious. You can also prepare it whenever you feel like having it; it is not only meant to be enjoyed on the day of Karwa Chauth. Do try it and share your experience.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

3 servings


  • 500 ml milk
  • 50 grams fried pheni (vermicelli)
  • 50 grams ground sugar
  • 1/2 tsp eliachi (cardamom powder)
  • 4 to 5 almonds, soaked in water for 2-3 hours, then skinned and sliced
  • 4 to 5 cashews, soaked in water for 2-3 hours, then sliced
  • 5 to 7 raisins
  • Raisins, almonds and cashews, for garnish


  1. To a thick-bottomed pot, add the milk and sugar. Heat on medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the cardamom powder, sliced almonds, cashews and raisins. Let the milk come to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the fried pheni. Crush the pheni roughly before adding it in. Stir cook the pheni for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer the pheni kheer to a serving bowl. Garnish with some sliced nuts and raisins. Serve hot.

Pheni Kheer Recipe: Karva Chauth Specialty

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