Traditional basundi -a classic Indian milk dessert

 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.

Sweet basundi

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.

Check out some more of traditional Indian desserts which really are a work of love

And scroll down for the details of basundi.
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.


Delicious thickened and spiced milk dessert.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine gluten free, gujarati, Indian, Kids choice, One pot, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Calories 164 kcal


main indredient

  • 1 litre low fat/ full cream milk


  • 5-7 strands saffron
  • 3 pods cardamom seeds, powdered.
  • 1 pinch nutmeg grated
  • 1/4 cup unrefined sugar (I used stevia )

to roast

  • 2 tsp chironji (Charoli, Saara parippu)


  • Soak the strands of saffron in two tbsp of milk and set aside
  • Pour the milk in a wide bottomed thick saucepan.
  • Set it on medium heat and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat, and allow the milk to simmer.
  • As the milk thickens the solids and the fat that accumulate on the sides should be scraped and added back into the simmering milk.
  • In about 30 minutes the milk would have come to nearly half the quantity.
  • Now add the sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg and saffron soaked.
  • Allow to simmer for another 5 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat a pan and gently roast the Chironji seeds.
  • Add this to the simmering basundi.
  • Serve it warm or cold depending on your desire.


Chrionji is a nut with an almond-like taste. you can swap this for almonds or pistachios.
If using low-fat milk, it will not be extremely creamy. I have used full-fat milk here.
If Using stevia using about half the quantity of the sugar mentioned.


Serving: 200gCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 386mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 28g
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5 years ago


5 years ago

Love this traditional recipe with authentic taste. Brings back memories for sure!

5 years ago

Love bowL of warm Basundi , simple and easy to make yet so flavourful and extremely delicious. … Looks great

Lata Lala
5 years ago

Fantastic dish from Gujarati cuisine. Love this 👌

5 years ago

Yes to the basundi 🙂 Love your method of making basundi…

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

I agree, condensed milk gives it a totally different flavor; nothing like freshly made from milk. My mouth is watering already!! Looks scrumptious!

Geetha Priyanka
5 years ago

How creamy and delicious it looks. An all time favourite sweet of mine. Wish I could grab a bowl!!!

5 years ago

I wish I could have some, I love basundi! It looks super yumm 🙂

5 years ago

I can never say no to Basundi. The creamy texture is surely inviting. I loved your toppings “Chironji seeds”. That’s new for me. I usually add some dry fruits. Next time, will include this. Great share!

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

Basundi with puffed poori is my weakness. I always prefer making it fresh with full cream milk over using condensed milk. Love the color your basundi has got looks perfect and very inviting .

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

Pass me that bowl, i would love to finish this bowl anytime of the day. Too tempting and my all time favourite dessert to relish without any fuss.

dhwani mehta
5 years ago

It looks exotic Dear!! Being a Gujjus, I love basundi. We eat it with Masala puri and Bateta Nu Shaak!! 🙂

Geetanjali Tung
5 years ago

Yum yum.. It looks delicious and the addition of Chironji seed is just amazing. I can get the authentic taste and flavor right from here. Lovely share ☺

5 years ago

basundi is looking just so inviting and irresistible. I am tempted to head straight to my kitchen and make it right away. Chironji would indeed be a great addition to impart that extra crunch. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

5 years ago

Traditional Basundi tastes so much better, I love to devour chilled basundi with garma garam poori 🙂 Lovely recipe.

5 years ago

Basundi on khojagiri I will remember always. It was my first time I introduced to this traditional recipe. Looking so delightful.

5 years ago

Traditional Indian desserts are always the best. Your post made me nostalgic. Fab share.

Ritu Tangri
5 years ago

I totally agree with your statement that some desserts are better off the way that they are meant to be. Quick fixes in certain cases reduce the authenticity of dish. Basundi is always a much liked dessert and those roasted chironji seeds on the top must have added to the taste of basundi

3 years ago


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