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Basundi | Basundhi Recipe

Basundi or Basundhi is a famous Milk sweet loved by everyone. This is one of the favorite dessert that I make during the festival season or for special occasions.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 247kcal


  • 8 cups Milk Full fat milk
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Pistachios coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Almonds coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Saffron


  • In a heavy bottom pan, boil the milk. Once it comes to a boil, add the chopped nuts.
  • When simmering, you will notice the layers of cream forming on the top. Keep removing it and add it back to the boiling milk. Keep doing it the whole time.
  • Add the saffron strands and let the milk continue to cook and reduce.
  • When the milk is reduced to half the quantity you will notice that it starts having a mud like consistency. At this stage add the sugar and mix well. As soon as you add the sugar, the mixture will liquefy a bit. Keep cooking it down until the mixture thickens slightly.
  • Now add the cardamom powder and take it off the heat.
  • Serve it warm or chilled.


Expert Tips and FAQ's
  • Full fat milk works the best but reduced fat milk can also be used. I would not recommend using skimmed milk though.
  • Adjust the sugar based on your taste. If you like less sweet Basundi, then use just about ½ cup
  • Take the basundhi off the flame when it still is little runny. It will solidify a little when cooled.
  • If in case you cooked it too much and the mixture is too thick, add a little milk and bring it to a boil. Then cool it down and serve.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 1mg