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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blogging Marathon 4 ~ Apple Basundi

Happy Sri Rama Navami to all. I had prepared moong dal kosumbari and cilantro - curry leaf flavored buttermilk for neivedyam. Skipped the panakam this time. And here is a sweet dish on the occasion.

Apple Basundi = Apple in a sweetened & a rich, creamy milk base and further accentuated with saffron - nuts garnishing.
An ideal dessert when you have company since it can be prepared ahead and chilled until serving. One of the delectable ones enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It is a little time taking dessert but not a laborious one and is quite a simple preparation. Only remember not to scorch the milk while boiling. Using a non stick pan will take care of that.

 Ingredients for 2 servings:
3 cups whole milk
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup peeled & grated apple (go with any sweet variety apple)
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp saffron strands soaked in about a tsp of warm milk
Nuts to garnish (I used pistachios, almonds and cashews)

* Heat a non stick saucepan, add the milk and forget it for sometime. :) No, keep coming now and then to stir while the milk is simmering. Let it reduce to 1/3 (or even better to half) of the original quantity.
* Then add the sugar and let it melt. Then go in the cardamom powder, saffron strands and the slivered nuts.
* Let the mixture cool before adding the grated apple.
* Refrigerate the basundi and serve chilled. Garnish with extra nuts while serving, if desired.

And as I mentioned in my previous post, this is going to be my dessert for the 'Design a Menu' event.

And let's check what the other marathoners are cooking today during this Marathon 4.
Diabetes Diet/Management:PJ  
Kid Friendly Recipes:Me, Priya Suresh, Divya
Seven Days of Soup:Ila, Smita P 
Seven Days of Indian Bread:Monika
Seven Days of Cakes: Bhagyashri
30 Minutes Meals:Archana  
Seven days of Condiment:Kamalika, Srivalli


Ms.Chitchat said...

An interesting variation of the regular basundi,would love to give a try.

Priya said...

Wat an irresistible basundi, cant take my eyes from ur click,super tempting..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, looks so mouth watering.

Hey, Suma, forgot, are you in US by any chance?

I was wondering if you saw about "MAITRI - A Friendship Chain" event. If not, please do take a look and try to participate, it will be fun :)


Send me an email @ priya.mitharwal@gmail.com

harini-jaya said...

Interesting basundi variation..there should be a faster way to this delicious dessert :)

Sobha Shyam said...

This dessert looks so yummy...will try for sure..!!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wonderful basundi !! adding apple is really nice idea !!

Suma Gandlur said...

Harini, there are short cut methods but I was not sure whether those ingredients are allowed in your event. That's why the traditional method.

bhagyashri said...

The addition of apple to Basundi sounds like a good idea. Will definitely try it the next time.

Smitha said...

adding fruits to basundi sounds to good and truly delicious! very yum!
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Archana Vivek said...

Wow interesting. Sounds different. Looks tempting too..

Shanavi said...

Adding fruits in basundhi is truly new to me and looks damn delicious.Will try Suma.

Usha said...

That is a nice dessert, Suma!

Hari Chandana said...

I too make this recipe.. yours looks simply awesome and perfect.. Amazing click.. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful job dear !!
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SouthindianHome said...

Wonderful basundhi. Wish I could have some

Divya.M said...

interesting recipe... love basundi..delicious

Srivalli said...

Looks great Suma..

kaveri said...

Mouthwatering basundhi...

Ila said...

wow delicious dessert :)

Raji said...

I really like basundi..and adding apple must have just added so much more of taste.

Cooks said...

Apple basundhi looks irresistible. Yummy.

Prathima Rao said...

Creamy & irresistible :)
Prathima Rao
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PJ said...

Nice recipe and yummy click Suma :)

Kamalika said...

It is soooooooooo tempting

Kalpana Sareesh said...

love it so so much!!!

Sin-A-Mon (Monika) said...

this looks absolutely yummm