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Kesar Basundi

Swathy Nandhini
5 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Kesar Basundi RECIPE

Basundi is a delicious festival sweet that is very popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is prepared during festivals & fasting days and served with poori. It is prepared by thickening, sweetening and flavouring milk and garnishing with lots of nuts.

Recipe Tags

  • Navratri Recipe
  • Traditional
  • Egg-free
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • Maharashtra
  • Simmering
  • Boiling
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Milk – 3 cups
  2. sugar – 1/3 cup
  3. cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  4. saffron – few strands
  5. Chopped nuts – 1/3 cup (almond, pista and cashew)


  1. Take milk in a heavy bottomed wide pan and bring to boil. Take a tbsp of milk for soaking saffron and keep aside.
  2. Once it starts to boil, reduce the flame to medium to low and keep cooking until it reduces to half.
  3. Stir in between to avoid burning at bottom and scrap the sides and bottom to get milk solids. Put the milk solids into milk again and stir on low flame.
  4. Once it reduces to half quantity and the color changed from white to creamy, add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk.
  5. Stir well and add chopped nuts. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. By now, the basundi will be in light yellow color due to Saffron added and will be in thick yet running consistency.
  7. Transfer to serving bowl and serve warm or chilled.

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Alisha dogra
Alisha dogra   Oct-04-2016

amazing dessert

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