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Basundi recipe | Indian Dessert

Basundi is a milk based Indian dessert with simple ingredients like sugar and nuts. Learn how to make basundi, Full video and step by step pictures.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6


  • 1 liter Milk
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 8 Saffron strands
  • 3 Cashew nut
  • 6 Pistachios
  • 4 Almond
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg powder


  • Take a heavy bottomed wide mouthed vessel and boil milk.
  • Add a tiny small plate into the milk, it prevents milk overflowing, as well as getting burnt.
  • Take a tablespoon of milk and soak saffron in it. keep aside.
  • Simmer for 20 mins. Keep mixing the malai layer that forms on the top of the milk as it forms.
  • Add sugar, soaked saffron. Bring to boil.
  • Add chopped nuts and simmer for another 5 mins.
  • Add powdered cardamom and nutmeg and mix well. Switch off the flame.



  • Use heavy bottomed vessel. Adding a small heavy spoon, marble or a plate will prevent the milk getting stuck at bottom of the vessel and burnt.
  • Keeping a wooden ladle across the vessel prevents overflowing. But keep in low flame.
  • Add saffron less, otherwise it will spoil the taste.
  • I soak pistachios, peel the skin and chop before adding.
  • You can add nuts of your choice.
  • Basundi must not be too thick.