BASUNDI / THICKENED MILK FLAVORED WITH SAFFRON AND CARDAMOM

45

PREP TIME: 5 mins

COOK TIME: 60 mins

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 5 mins

 Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

  • Full cream milk – 1 and ½ liters
  • Saffron – a generous pinch
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp ( you can adjust the sugar according to your taste )
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Rose water – ¼ tsp
  • Slivered almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts – ¼ cup

METHOD:

  1. Put the milk in a heavy bottom pan.
  2. Heat till it comes to a boil.
  3. Take 2 tbsp milk from it in a bowl.
  4. Add saffron and keep aside.
  5. Simmer the heat and let the milk thicken for almost 2 hours.
  6. Keep stirring in between.
  7. When the milk is reduced to ⅓ rd, add saffron soaked in milk, cardamom powder, sugar and rose water.
  8. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add the slivered nuts.
  10. Chill nicely before serving.

Notes:

  • Keep in mind that basundi with thicken a little more while cooling. So keep the consistency accordingly.
  • The consistency of basundi is like that of condensed milk.
  • If you like your basundi very creamy and smooth, just blend it in a blender before adding the nuts for a few seconds to give that silky smooth texture.
  • Do not blend when the basundi is cold otherwise butter may separate.