Basundi is a creamy sweetened milk which is nothing but a condensed milk with added sweetner , flavoured with cardamom,nutmeg,saffron strands and garnished with nuts. Its a easy to make recipe but little time consuming. This is a easy recipe which can be served to family and friends during gatherings and festivals. And also can be prepared at anytime of the day without any preparations or any fancy ingredients.
I made this delicious dessert on the occasion of Janmashtami.Thought of celebrating Janmashtami with this popular milk based dessert Basundi. To make this dessert boiled milk is kept on a low flame till it reduces to half the quantity. Once it thickens, add sugar, flavour with cardamom ,nutmeg , saffron strands and garnish with nuts.
Though it’s time consuming to condense the milk, there is no much involvement required as you can keep the milk for simmering and meanwhile you can do other work. But It’s important to stir and scrape the sides of the milk pot in between and also take care not to scorch the milk.
There is one more easier version where condensed milk is mixed with milk to make this dessert. But here I have not used any readymade condensed milk instead I have used full fat milk and then condensed. A flavourful milk dessert will be ready which can be served chilled all alone or hot/warm if serving with poori.
Take milk in a thick bottom pan and keep on a low flame and bring it gentle boil. Keep on sim and stir once in awhile so that milk does not get burnt from the bottom . Scrape the milk solids from the sides and stir the milk, keep milk on sim till it get reduced to 2-2.5 cups.
Once milk reduced to half the quantity, add sugar, saffron strands stir well.Turn off heat and add chopped nuts ,cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.
Serve chilled in Matka or warm with poori’s and enjoy !