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Name of Event

Deepavali (Diwali) - the festival of lights

Cuisine From

India

Description

Easy recipe of sweet thickened milk flavoured with cardamom and dry fruit

Summary

Yield 7-8 servings
Preparation time 5-10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Main Ingredient milk

Ingredients

  • 400 gms. sweetened condensed milk,
  • 4 to 5 cups full fat/cream milk or more depending on the sweetness of the condensed milk. add the amount of milk according to your taste.)
  • 5 cardamoms, powdered in a mortar-pestle,
  • 12 to 15 chopped cashews
  • 12 to 15 chopped pistachios
  • 12 to 15 chopped almonds
  • 7 to 8 strands of saffron
  • a generous pinch of nutmeg powder
  • a few strands of saffron for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put the milk and condensed milk in a thick bottomed saucepan stir and mix well.#
  2. Gradually heat on a low flame and bring to a gentle boil. keep on stirring at intervals so that the mixture does not get browned or burnt from bottom.
  3. As the basundi mixture begins to thicken scrape the milk solids from the sides and the cream collected on the top and add it back to the basundi mixture. 
  4. The overall cooking takes about 20 to 25 minutes on a low flame.
  5. Add nutmeg powder, chopped dry fruits, cardamom powder and saffron, stir and simmer for a minute
  6. Garnish with the chopped dry fruits, pinch of cardamom powder.
  7. Serve basundi hot, warm or chilled garnished with some saffron strands.

# The amount of milk to be added depends on the sweetness you require. For one tin of condensed milk add up to 4 to 5 cups of milk or more. Taste this mixture and if its too sweet, then add more milk. also keep in mind the mixture thickens while cooking, so add the milk accordingly.

Fo more recipes, gift ideas and background on this celebration visit our Diwali/Deepavli page