Basundi Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Cardamom flavored and dry fruit laced basundi is a treat to taste buds at anytime. It is essentially calorie rich, high-energy sweetened dense milk prepared by simmering high fat milk. In Gujarat, Maharashtra and many other Indian states, it is generally served with masala puri (deep fried Indian bread) as a sweet accompaniment to meal but it can be enjoyed anytime you like it. Whether you want to entertain guests or make something sweet and special for dinner, try this dessert recipe and watch them helping for seconds and even thirds.

How to Make Dry Fruit Basundi

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
1 liter (33-34 oz) Full Fat Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
5-7 Almonds, sliced
4 Pistachios, sliced
4-5 Saffron Strands (kesar), for garnishing


  1. step-1
    Take heavy based or non-stick deep pan and pour milk in it. Bring it to boil over medium flame.
  2. step-2
    When milk starts to boil, reduce flame to low and let it simmer until reduced to half of its original quantity. Stir in between at regular intervals (approx. every 2-3 minutes).
  3. step-3
    Add cardamom powder and sugar.
  4. step-4
    Cook for 5 minutes over low flame while stirring continuously.
  5. l_step
    Turn off the flame. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with almond and pistachio slices and saffron strands. Serve it hot or cold according to your choice.
Tips and Variations:

  • Add 5-6 saffron (kesar) strands in step-3 for nice color and aromatic flavor.
  • Never use thin-based pan to make it otherwise milk will burn and stick at the bottom of pan.
  • Adjust amount of sugar as per your taste requirements.
  • Make delicious and flavorful sitafal basundi by adding and mixing 1/4 cup sitafal pulp (custard apple pulp) in it before serving.
Taste: Sweet and savory.
Serving Ideas: Generally, chilled basundi is served as a dessert or sweet accompaniment in lunch or dinner during Indian festivals like Diwali. However, there are many more ways in which this sweet and creamy condensed milk can be enjoyed. E.g. replace milk with basundi to make flavorful payasam, kheer, gajar halwa, semiya kheer, etc. Freeze it in freezer to make a homemade kulfi. That’s not all; it can also be used as syrup for gulab jamun and ras malai.

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May 10, 2016 by Neelam
Like your recipe's very much.

Jul 25, 2012 by Enjoy Indian Food
i never thought that gujarati basundi can be used in so many items. I love it.

Jul 20, 2012 by himanshu
it is my favorite sweet from my childhood days and my mother used to make it every sunday for me. this recipe comes very very close to same heavenly taste of dry fruit basundi prepared by my mother.