Indian desserts popularly have a name for being decadently sweet, deliciously spiced and overall time-consuming. It is that part of being slow and cooking that bring about the flavours and the aroma characteristic to it.
One of the most delicious yet heartwarming desserts I dont mind stirring the pot for is the basundi.
This characteristic Gujarathi milk based dessert is really a work of love. I love to make a bowl of basundi on a cold day, when the smell of the cardamom and saffron invade my house. Stirring the pot for a long time on that day is a pleasure, it works to keep warm too.
I have seen basundi always served cold topped with chironji nuts. The roasted nuts on top add a tiny bit of crunch to the mouthfeel. Then it feels complete as an Indian dessert. Served with a deep-fried puffed poori, basundi is total decadence.
The work takes around an hour of stirring the pot and extra time to chill. But definitely is a beautiful outcome. Often I make double the quantity of what I need and freeze half the portion in ice moulds. This gives me a quick kulfi on the days I hate to see the stove.
Very often, I have heard to add a can of condensed milk to the pot of milk. I would strongly discourage that as it really takes away the delicious creamy taste of the milk solids and the sweetness from the original lactose. Some desserts are better off the way they are meant to be.
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Don’t miss to tag a friend who just loves this dessert, after all, it is a to have and to hold kind of dessert.
I am submitting this recipe to this month’s Cooking from a Cookbook Challenge. This recipe is one I have learnt and adapted from Tarla Dalal, the queen of Indian Cookbooks. She has inspired me early on with her beautiful pics and simple effective recipes. I own a collection of her cookbooks and added many more miniature recipes into those little handy booklets when I had not begun my blogging space. Now I find those had written notes fun and so useful.
If you have such cherished books do share, will love to read and adapt.
See you next week.