Basundi Recipe
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Basundi Recipe

Basundi Recipe is a traditional Gujarati milk pudding laced with the rich flavour of saffron and dry fruits. Learn how to make delicious basundi in few simple steps.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 liter full fat milk
  • 5 - 6 green cardamom pods crushed
  • 12 to 15 pistachio chopped
  • 12 to 15 almonds skin removed
  • 1/4 tsp strands of saffron buy it here
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 Cup sugar or to taste

Ingredients to garnish

  • 1 tsp of pistachio slivers
  • 1 tsp almond slivers
  • few strands of saffron
  • Organic dried rose petals


  • To prepare basundi, soak saffron in 2 tablespoon of warm milk. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • Pour remaining milk in a thick bottomed pan ( buy it here ) and heat over medium flame.
  • Add the crushed cardamom pods, soaked saffron strands, nutmeg powder to the milk and stir to combine.
  • Heat milk on a low-medium flame and bring to a gentle boil. Keep on stirring at intervals so that the mixture does not get browned or burnt from bottom.
  • Now add sugar, stir to combine and let milk simmer over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixer ( buy it here ) make a dry coarse powder of pistachio and almond. Add this mixture in the milk and stir to combine.
  • The basundi would begin to thicken. Scrape the milk solids from the sides and the cream collected on the top and add it back to the basundi mixture. Keep on stirring the basundi while it is simmering.
  • Once Basundi reaches a thick yet pouring consistency. Turn off the heat. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Serve basundi warm or chilled garnished with dry fruits slivers, saffron and rose petals.



Equipment Used: Casserole ( buy it here ), Mixer ( buy it here )