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Known as Rabri, it is a milk based dessert often served chill during festivals and occasions.
Basundi / Rabri

Basundi is a traditional Indian sweet made with milk and is similar to Kheer. Called as Rabri in the North, it is made with boiling the milk at low flame until it is reduce by half and has a thick consistency, flavoured with cardamom powder and garnished with nuts.

Basundi is a dessert commonly made in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka especially during Holi, Gudi Padwa, Ramzan, Diwali and other festivals.

Basundi / Rabri

Basundi / Rabri

Basundi / Rabri
4.67 from 3 votes

Basundi Recipe

Known as Rabri, it is a milk based dessert often served chill during festivals and occasions.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian, Karnataka, Maharashtrian
Keyword: Rabri

Ingredients for Basundi

  • 1 litre Milk
  • 200 g Sugar
  • 5 to 10 Pistachios
  • 5 to 10 Almonds
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron Strands - 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp

How to make Basundi

  • Heat a wide, heavy-bottomed pan over medium flame.
  • Pour the milk and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer till the milk is reduced by almost 80% and all the while pushing the cream that is formed on top to the sides.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron strands
  • Switch off the flame, stir gently till sugar has dissolved completely and cool.
  • Scrap the sides and add all the cream (pushed to the sides) to the remaining milk.
  • Garnish with almonds and pistachios.
  • Chill and serve.


In the South, pachai karpooram or edible camphor is also added to the recipe.

There are numerous regional variations to this recipe. You can add different fruit pulps like apple, mango and sitaphal to enhance the flavour if desired.

Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


tazeen January 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm

your recipe is too good

Meghna Surti April 11, 2011 - 7:19 am


Meghna Surti April 11, 2011 - 7:19 am


sanshya October 23, 2010 - 7:25 am

its really really nice to making madam

Sandhya April 2, 2010 - 1:23 pm

its really nice madam, i like very much.
but i don’t know how to prepare? but now onwards
i will prepare easily.

priya June 17, 2009 - 3:31 am

nice recipe


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