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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Basundi with extra kick,Orange Basundi...New Year Special!!!

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Happy New Year to you all!!
I hope every one had a fantastic start to the new year.What better way to start the new year other than indulging sweets for the wonderful start.
Basundi used to be very frequent at our place when we were young as we were fond of very few sweets and basundi was one among them.Basundi is prepared by reducing the milk and sweetened and topped with loads of nuts which makes the basundi tasty in each and every bite.Even though the process is bit time consuming,it is very easy to make and the end product is all worth the effort we put in making it.I got introduced to so many different flavors of basundi in Mumbai,the addition of fruits makes it even more interesting.Try out the few variations to the regular basundi and enjoy the new flavor.

1 litre Full Cream milk
1/2 cup sugar(approx)
1/4 tsp Elaichi powder
a few saffron strands,soaked in warm milk(1 tsp)
2 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp slivered pistachios
1 tbsp charoli/chironji seeds

  • Bring milk to a boil,simmer it and boil until the milk thickens and reduces to half and it coats the back of the spoon.After reducing the flame,try to stir the milk regularly until you get a thick creamy milk.My mom used to drop a small ceramic mold specially meant for this purpose into the reduced milk,it helps the milk not to spill over.
  • Add sugar and boil until it melts completely.Add the saffron strands milk and cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and let the milk cools down completely.
  • Slightly roast the slivered almonds,pistachios and charoli seeds and add this to the reduced milk mixture and keep it refrigerated.
Serve it cold with extra slivered almonds,pistachios and charoli seeds on top.

  1. You can make it still richer by replacing sugar with condensed milk.The addition of condensed milk also adds a distinct flavor to it.
  2. One can be innovative and can make basundi more interesting by adding fruits like oranges,custard apple,mango and apple to it.Each fruit adds a distinguish flavor to basundi and the custard apple basundi tastes the best.
  3. In order to make custard apple basundi,remove the seeds from the pulp and mix it with basundi and serve it cold.
  4. To make Apple Basundi,peel the skin of apple and grate it and mix with cold basundi and serve it cold.
  5. To make Mango basundi,mix in the chunky mango pulp with basundi and serve it cold.
  6. You can even experiment with strawberry.Add strawberry crush with the chopped fresh strawberries to basundi and serve it cold.
Orange Basundi:

1 cup Basundi(prepared using the above process)
1 sweet orange
1 tbsp sugar

  • Prepare Basundi using the above procedure and keep it refrigerated.
  • Remove the pith and seeds of the orange and cut into small segments.Add sugar to it and mix well and keep this in the refrigerator until its usage.
  • While serving it,mix the basundi mixture well with the chopped orange segments and serve immediately.
A Reminder:
I am eagerly waiting for all your lovely entries for my first event " Only Salad's".So friends,please send your entries in order to make my event successful.


Priti said...

Looks so yum...drooling over it

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks delicious, orange basundi is a great idea

Sanjeeta kk said...

Like the Basundi with extra kick! Looks delicious.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

delicious,too gud presentation...

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Loveeeeeeeeeeee basundi...:)Happy new year dear...will send entries for salads...:)



Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prathy

By looking at the delicious Basundi, I am already drooling. You are a magician.

Hamaree Rasoi

Nithya said...

Wow.. I am literally drooling :) lovely clicks too. I am loving the cute ladle too :)

rekhas kitchen said...

Fantastic Prathibha looks so tempting

Varunavi said...

Superb basundi,lovely.Wonderful click :)

Smitha said...

tempting and delicious! adding orange sounds good!

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love the idea...yummy orange flavor in basundi!

Rachana said...

The basundi looks so tempting and clicks are so beautiful :-)

Pavani said...

Basundi looks soooo yummy. Nice pics.

Sravs said...

Wow it looks very delicious...and awesome pics !!!!! Loved it :)

Santosh Bangar said...

superb looking delicious

Suja Sugathan said...

That looks so tempting..drooling.

Priya said...

Woww fingerlicking and truly tempting basundi,soooo creamy and rich..

swapna said...


Usha said...

The basundi looks fantastic ! Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year !

Jisha said...

wow..looks so creamy and delicious...very tempting..

Sathya Sankar said...

Basundi looks delicious, nice clicks !

Pavithra said...

I love basundhi and if u ask me first fav sweet Basundhi comes first in that.. Love it and offcourse with orange in it sure will taste good cos this combo and flavor was inspiration for my Zesty Cranberry rice Pudding recipe in my space. Love the Ladle ..looks cute.

Kanchan said...

Oh.. I do love flavourful basundis but never tried orange one, looks delicious.


Happy New Year Prathiba dear,great sweet to start the new year,I loved the orange variation!

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely ! the clicks are just wow and am drooling here ! btw the pot (chatti) looks sooooo nice !!

Akila said...

fantastic clicks and mouthwatering basundhi.... very rarely i tasted basundhi but after seeing urs, want to have all....

R said...

what a great way to start the new year! awesome recipes!

Sumi said...

basundhi looks yummy Pavithra. Adding fruits makes it even more delicious I guess

Adelina said...

wow- a great desert- and I must admit that spoon is so becoming! Happy New Year!

Nags said...

basundi is one of my favourite desserts!

Nandini said...

Very lovely and flavourful basundi! Delicious!

Sayantani said...

we have a similar dessert called Kamola kheer in Bengal. which is a orange based payasam. this looks divine. wish could have shared it with you.

Suma Rajesh said...

woooo feel like grabing that beautiful bowl ... so tempting pic dear..

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious love it with nuts looks fabulous

Shri said...

Oh those pictures....They look fabulous. Basundi has to be one of my favs but the twist to the reg one makes it sound more appealing.

Priyanka Agrawal said...

i also made it today but i didnt roast charoli and used half n half milk. will post soon.
urs looks good!

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