Basundi is an Indian dessert made by thickening full fat milk and flavouring it with saffron and cardamom with the addition of dry fruits. One of the popular desserts in western India. It can be served chilled or warm.
Traditionally it is prepared by boiling full fat milk on low heat for a long time until it reduces to less than half the quantity. The consistency is more fluid and flowing not thick like Rabri. This basundi with condensed milk will be ready in under 30 minutes.
This basundi recipe is perfect to make on those busy days when you have no energy to spend a long time in the kitchen but want to make something special for your family or satisfy those sweet cravings.
Full fat milk (whole milk): 2 cups
Sweetened condensed milk: 1 cup
Cardamom powder: ¼ teaspoon
Almonds: 1 teaspoon, chopped/sliced
Cashews: 1 teaspoon, chopped/sliced
Pistachios: 1 teaspoon, chopped/sliced
In a deep bottomed pan add 2 cups milk.
Add condensed milk and bring the mixture to boil over medium heat stirring continuously.
Scrap the milk solids from the sides, cream formed on the top and add it back to basundi mixture.
Once the mixture starts to thicken add a pinch of saffron.
Now add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder, sliced almonds, chopped cashew nuts and pistachios.
Stir and simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
Serve basundi hot, warm or chilled topped with dry fruits.
Traditionally process is to boil whole milk along with sugar for a long time until it thickens. But in this recipe, I have used condensed milk to cut down cooking time.
Condensed milk basundi gets thicker once it cools down.
Make sure to stir the mixture very frequently to prevent milk from sticking at the base of the pan.
Add any dry fruits of your choice to this instant basundi recipe.
Since we are using condensed milk you may notice less milk solids compared to the traditional process though this quick process tastes as delicious as basundi prepared traditionally.
More Indian Sweet Recipes
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Badam Halwa: An almond-based classic Indian pudding flavoured with saffron and cardamom.
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Pumpkin Halwa/ Kaddu ka halwa: An easy and exotic dessert made with the goodness of pumpkin, milk and flavoured with cardamom.
7 Cups Burfi: One of the easy Indian sweets made with basic ingredients. It is one of the most preferred desserts during festival season and special occasions in south India.
Wheat Payasam: A delicious, healthy creamy dreamy dessert made with whole wheat berries, sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom.
Sweet Pongal: Classic south Indian sweet prepared with rice, moong dal, jaggery, dry fruits, ghee and flavoured with cardamom and edible camphor.
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Basundi with condensed milk
- In a deep bottomed pan add 2 cups full fat milk.2 Cups Milk
- Add 1 cup condensed milk.1 Cup Condensed Milk
- Bring the mixture to boil over medium heat stirring continuously.
- Scrap the milk solids from the sides, cream formed on the top and add it back to Basundi mixture.
- Once the mixture starts to thicken add a pinch of saffron.Pinch Saffron
- Now add a pinch of cardamom powder, sliced almonds, chopped cashew nuts and pistachios.¼ Teaspoon Cardamom Powder, 1 Teaspoon Almonds, 1 Teaspoon Cashew nuts, 1 Teaspoon Pistachios
- Stir and simmer for a minute and turn off the heat.
- Enjoy Basundi hot, warm or chilled topped with dry fruits.
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