Basundi

Basundi is thick and rich Indian dessert made with Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits. It’s a Pudding of reduced milk flavoured with crushed dry fruits. It makes for a great make-ahead dessert.

Till about a month ago I hardly ever had spare milk after 4 members, tea, curd setting etc. But lately I have about 1 –1.5 liter spare every week. I think I need to reduce it. But after Diwali. Learn how to make rabri or khurchan here.

So keeping in tradition of making Indian sweets for Diwali, I decided to use up this milk by making Rabri.

Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding
Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding

Rabri is a sweet made from  evaporated milk and little dry fruits. Quite simple to put together.

It is similar to Basundi and Khurchan – the only difference is in the consistency. If it is thinner than Rabri but you still eat with spoon it becomes Basundi and if it is thicker than Rabri and is lumpy, it becomes Khurchan.

Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding
Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding

Khurchan literally means scrapping from the vessel. The food that sticks to the side of the cooking vessel and needs a bit of scraping and is thick. It is usually very slightly burnt. I love eating khurchan not just of sweets but of many other dishes like ‘Kadhi’.

Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding
Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding

Rabri is a simple dessert which is rich and tasty. Being a North-Indian it is has a special place for me as we are brought up on rich creamy sweets.

Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding
Rabri | Basundi | Khurchan | Evaporated Milk & Dry-Fruits Pudding

Wishing you a very Happy and Joyous Diwali with this yummy traditional sweet.

Basundi

A rich dessert made from evaporated or reduced milk. It is enriched with dry-fruits. It is perfect for cozy winters.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 1 medium size bowl of pudding

Ingredients

  • 1.5 litre milk
  • 1/4 cup almonds slivered
  • 1/4 cup pistachio slivered
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/8 cup cashew slivered
  • 5-6 cardamoms green
  • 1/4+1/8 cup sugar granulated
  • saffron few strands

Instructions

  • In a thick bottom vessel, boil milk on slow till it reduces to half. Continue to stir in between to avoid burning the milk.
  • In the meanwhile, finely shop or crush all the dry fruits, except saffron. You can pulse twice also using the mixer jar.
  • When the milk has reduced add all the crushed dry-fruits while stirring. Allow it to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add sugar and give a complete boil. Add saffron threads. Remove from flame.
  • Serve hot, warm or cold. I served chilled.

Notes

It thickens upon cooling, so if you do not like thick or rich, reduce the amount of cashew & pistachio by half.
If the consistency is thinner than Rabri, it is known as Basundi
If the consistency is thicker than Rabri, it becomes Khurchan

7 responses to “Basundi”

  1. first time at ur place and im mesmerized by those yummy bengali sweets. im a huge fan of those..
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  2. Shailaja says:

    Yummy and tasty basundi. Thanks for linking.

  3. Preeti garg says:

    Wow.. one more delicious and tasty recipe, thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Tried this basundi today – was a huge hit! :) Posted it on my blog too… http://kitchenendeavor.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/basundi-or-rabri-creamy-milk-pudding-garnished-with-nuts/

    Thanks so much,
    Ankitha

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