Basundi Recipe
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Basundi is an Indian sweet. Basundi is popular in Western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is a sweetened thick milk dessert made by boiling milk on low heat until the milk is reduced by half. It is very similar to north Indian sweet dish rabadi but slightly lighter version rabadi is thicker in texture. This slow cooked sweet dish is very popular during Navratri, Shraddha paksha, also occasionally made for guest during festival for lunch or dinner as a sweet dish.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 5-6
  • 2 Litter Full Fat Milk
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Powder
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • ¼ cup Sliced Almond and Cashews
  • For Garnishing
  • ¼ cup Sliced Almonds and Pistachios
  • Few Strands of Saffron
  1. In a deep big Kadhai or a big saucepan, add ¼ cup of water and simmer it till you can see steam, then add milk and bring it to the boil. Adding water is the key to avoid the milk solids sticking into the bottom of the pan.
  2. Reduce the flame on low and cook the milk with stirring occasionally, using big spoon or spatula about 40-45mins.
  3. Scrap the edges of milk while cooking and stirring with spatula in between to remove thickened milk from sides of pan and mix it. Cook it more if you want more thicker consistency.
  4. Then add sugar and cook it again another 40-45 mins till all milk mixture reduce into the half and become thick.
  5. Now add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder. sliced almonds, cashew, and cook it for 7-8mins on low flame.
  6. Basundi is ready, let it cool down then garnish it with saffron strands, sliced almond and pistachios and enjoy. You can also store in refrigerator and serve chilled.
• Use nonstick pan or cast-iron oak to avoid burning the milk on bottom.
• Do not forget to add water before adding milk into the pan.
• Scrap the sides and bottom using spatula while cooking, it will make basundi thicker.
• Add sugar per your taste.
• You can add dry fruit as per your choice.
• You can also make kulfi out of this sweet milk.
Recipe by Binjal's VEG Kitchen at