Thursday, 6 July 2017


Starting with the next blogging marathon this week. I have opted for festival dishes for this week. Guru poornima is just around the corner and I Thought of posting some recipes connected to this festival.

I have never celebrated this festival and honestly I don't know the importance of festival. A Guru is a person who removes darkness (ignorance), holds our hand and shows us the light (knowledge) at the end of the tunnel. It is a blessing to get the grace of a guru, who guides us through the ups and downs in life.

I am starting this guru poornima celebration with a sweet - Basundi. It is a very delicious milk based dessert very popular in the north of India and is the closest cousin to condensed milk. Very rich and flavorful with the addition of elegant spices like saffron and cardamom. It will take you about an hour, but the end product would be something worth the effort.


Whole Milk or 2% -  3 liters
Sugar - 3/4 to 1 cup sugar ( add more if you like it sweeter)
Saffron - a few threads
Cardamom - 5 pods powdered finely
Cashew nut or Pistachios or Almonds - a few sliced


  • Place the wide mouth pan on medium high. Add the milk and allow it to come to a boil. Turn to low and allow for the cream layer ( pal aadai) to form.
  • When it starts to form remove it and place in a bowl.  Remember to stir so that the milk does not scotch.
  • Keep adding more of the cream to the bowl and soon the bowl will be filled with thick cream.
  • The milk would have reduced, thickened and the color of the thickened milk will appear to be an ivory color with a pinkish ting.
  • Then add the collected cream to the reduced milk. Add sugar, cardamom and saffron. Garnish with nuts of your choice. Allow to cool, place in the fridge until it is chilled and serve it cold on a hot summers day.


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  1. Who can resist to this irresistible basundi, would love to grab a bowl rite now.

  2. I want this right now. Looks too tempting!!

  3. This is one of my fav desserts. You have made it perfect and I am drooling here!

  4. Basundi is an excellent one to make and enjoy!...our festivals gives us a chance to try different traditional dishes right!

  5. Perfect dessert after dinner or any time meal.. looks so inviting.

  6. your delicious looking basundi brought back sweet memories. 35 years ago basundi with tangerine was prepared for my wedding.

  7. Very nice. I am yet to try Basundi at home. Love your version and very nice.

  8. Basundi looks so delicious. I am yet to post it on the blog.