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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Basundi


I was not well when Valli announced this edition of blogging marathon's themes and I guess I was delirious when I made the choices. I did not realise until later that baking and festive sweet themes would result in loads of sweet stuff. Half of my family don't touch sweets and so I froze whatever I could last week. And this week I prepared sweets in small portions and completely avoided frying stuff. With lots of sweets already posted at my blog, not repeating the same set of sweets as per the marathon condition (Example - we couldn't post more than one halwa / laddu / burfi), eliminating frying stuff and some ingredients missing in my pantry - I was left with racking my brain this week for ideas. I didn't know what I was going to cook until the moment came. However I could whip up some easy and quick stuff even without planning. :)

Here is a recap of what I cooked this week -
Vermicelli Halwa
Kalakand (Microwave) 
Sago - Carrot Kheer
Dates - Almond Laddu
Kobbari Paala Thalikalu
Nuvvula Kudumulu

And here is yummy basundi for the final post. I should say that it is an opt one for sultry summer days. It is a little time consuming dessert but the process is a simple one even for novice cooks. The only skill needed is stirring milk with out scorching. The milk is simmered slowly until thickened, sweetened, then flavored with cardamom and garnished with nuts & saffron to make it more flavorful and colorful.

Ingredients for 2 servings:
3 cups whole milk
2 - 3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp saffron strands soaked in about a tsp of warm milk
Nuts to garnish (Pistachios, almonds and/or charoli can be used.)


Method:
* Heat the milk preferably in a non stick saucepan on low flame to avoid milk from scorching. Keep stirring in between and simmer the milk until it reduces to half of the original quantity.
* Then add the sugar and let it dissolve. Next add the cardamom powder, saffron strands and the slivered nuts. Turn of the stove.
* Refrigerate the basundi and serve chilled. Garnish with extra nuts while serving, if desired.



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Comments

26 comments:

ANU said...

wow awesome dear...luv this sweet...

Kanan said...

this is my fav sweet. Yours look just awesome. love it

Srimathi said...

It is very hard to make basendi because it is time consuming, but its worth every bit to taste it. Looks delicious.

Srivalli said...

Seriously Suma that looks too tempting..Even without preparation you have done so well..enjoyed your posts as always..take care

maha said...

pics r just tempting me.Book Marking.....
Maha:-)

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Wow! This reminds me of Basundhi in Kamath (Hyderabad) I had in abundance on my last trip :)

Loved all the mouthwatering sweets dished out of your kitchen this week!

Chef Mireille said...

I would've gained 20 lbs. if I was in your house :)

Jayashree said...

That's a yummy looking dessert.

Rasi said...

didn't know it was this simple to make.. have to try it :) looks nice suma

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Loveforfood said...

waooow!amazing photos and details..love your concept

Kavi said...

Wow, that's a delicious Basundi!
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Vimitha Anand said...

Love this creamy dessert... Serve it chilled and its awesome

vaishali sabnani said...

looks fantastic Suma..well its always good to make small portions if we know family mt not enjoy..n yes regarding u r query on Katha..this is derived from a plant and kind of must in a paan..this is the ingredient that lends that red color..in the mouth!!

Shobha said...

easy to make dessert.

hemalata said...

One of my favorite dessert, looks so yummy.

Jayanthi said...

Lovely dish Suma...pics look awesome and mouth-watering.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

very nice picture Suma..and basundi looks perfect

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

always a favourite, love it with poori's

rajani said...

Oh its looking so delicious! Very nice/

PriyaVaasu said...

Delicious Basundhi, Looks Creamy n Rich!!!!

Preeti Garg said...

awesome dessert


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Priya said...

Wat a great looking irresistible BAsundi..

PJ said...

Its ages since I had basundi. Looks very tempting Suma :)

chitraj.hegde said...

Baasundi is looking gr8 and yuummy......i like the pot u have used.....looking nice,,,


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Archana said...

I have the same problem so I avoid sweets. But this one is delicious.and dare I say my favourite.All sweets I love but this one is my favourite must be because we rarely make it.

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Lovely recipe..

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