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Basundi Recipe

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Adjust Servings:
1 quart whole milk
2 cups sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp saffron
10 pistachios--chopped
10 almonds--chopped
10 cashews--chopped

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Basundi Recipe

  • Veg
    • 30 min
    • Serves 4
    • Easy



    Basundi is a dessert popular in the western part of India. It is made by simmering milk with sugar, fragrant spices like cardamom, saffron or nutmeg, until very thick. Nuts and dried fruit are often added. The addition of sweetened condensed milk shortens the simmering time.


    Health Benefits:

    1. Milk is considered one of the best sources of calcium for our body. The amount of protein that you get from milk serves as a huge source of energy and helps repair the body tissues. The potassium in milk also helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
    2. Nuts provide additional nutrients, such as Vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, proteins, and fiber.
    3. Apart from providing color and aroma, saffron also possess innumerable medicinal properties that are beneficial for the skin, hair, and overall well-being. Considered a natural tonic, saffron mixed with milk also protects one from cold and fever.
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    How to Make Basundi

    1. Place a heavy-bottomed pan over low heat. Add milk and condensed milk and bring to a low boil.
    2. Continue stirring over low heat, scraping milk solids from the sides back into the milk as it boils.
    3. Add sugar, cardamom, and saffron, and keep stirring until milk reduces to one-third of its original volume, about 25 minutes. Stir in nuts.
    4. Serve hot, warm or chilled.

    Note: Constant stirring helps prevent milk from sticking to the surface of the pan and burning.



    Bhavani is chiefly a food blogger and a performer and trainer of classical South Indian music. When she's not writing or singing, she interests herself with vegetarian cooking, DIY crafts, and spending time with friends and family.

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