Tuesday, September 4, 2007


If I have to choose one dessert that I love next to chocolate, then that it would be Basandhi. After coming to U.S, it was my friend Nandhini who used to prepare this sweet for me. But after her delivery I really couldn't disturb her. So, I had been longing for this a very long time.

Atlast, when I went to India I tried to get it from krishna sweets ,but they were always out of stock. Finally, my perima took pity on me and made me this awesome sweet. Oh! what can I say....It was lip smacking good. Before I could take a picture everyone grabbed their cups and took off. Atlast, I managed to get hold of my sister's cup and here it is the cup of basandhi I enjoyed every bite.

Whole milk- 1 lt
sugar- 3/4 cup(as needed)
elachi- 2 (crushed)
Powdered nuts- optional
saffron- for garnish

Heat milk in a thick bottomed vessel. When it is completely heated up add required sugar, keep the flame on medium low and allow layers of fat to form on top. Keep on pushing the layers of fat aside gently. You have to keep on doing this until the milk reduces 70%. It requires a lot of patience to do this. But it's worth the effort. Finally, mix in the malai and garnish with nuts and saffron. You are in for a yummy treat.

This has been overdue for quiet sometime. Yes, it is my MeMe. Shobila had tagged me for this. I'm really sorry for taking such a long time. I promised a sweet dish with this meme , so I dedicate this basandhi for you.

1. I'm a bachelor degree holder, married and have a 3 year old son.
2. I learnt the basics of cooking from my hubby. But I have always enjoyed watching cook shows even when I was very little.
3. I'm an emotional person and can cry for just about anything.
4. I'm addicted to chocolates and love sweets. Although I'm a mom, my hubby always keeps a watch over me for eating sweets.
5. I'm a classical dancer, but now I don't dance much b'coz I'm scared that I would break the floor.
6.I love surfing the net and I don't realise the time flying by when I'm with my laptop. I get backlogged in my work b'coz of this and I hurry in the last minute to get things done before my hubby arrives.
7. Planning parties is my favorite thing to do. I love going to parties and hosting them as well.

Thanks Sobila for tagging me. I really enjoyed doing this.


Jeena said...

Hi Kribha I love this recipe! Can you tell me please more about it, how long does it take approx to simmer down 70%? Also what is malai and elachi is there a substitute for these? Thanks Jeena :)

bhags said...

Hi kribha, basundhi, is really lip smacking.....nice meme....

Kribha said...

Hi Jeena,
Thanks for your comment. Actually, this dish requires tons of patience. It takes an hour for the milk to reduce. Sorry, I made a mistake in the procedure. 70% of the milk should evaporate.
Malai is nothing but cream or the fat that collects on the top when the milk is simmered. And elachi is cardamom. Do try it out when you are free. Good luck!!!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi kribha!
Its very nice to read your meme! and Basundhi looks delicious!!!

Asha said...

LOL @ #5 and @6! I am sure you don't break the floor and I am like you,rushing thru' the dinner process after spending hrs on Laptop!:D
Basundhi looks great,I love it too:)

Suganya said...

A lazy question: Can't we use condensed milk?

Jeena said...

Thanks Kribha I will try it out when I have some spare time :)

Rajitha said...

kribha.. you are too cute :) you can't break the floor.. trust me ;)

Pravs said...

It loooooooks so yummmmmmy !! Nice MEME...:)

Sia said...

u r a sweetheart kribha. i enjoyed reading ur cute meme:) like u even i am addicted to surfing the internet;) and basundi looks fab. its been ages since i had it

Richa said...

basundi looks delicious, love it :)
u should continue to dance, the floors are quite sturdy...LOL
i too love dancing...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Kribha....
This is my hb's fav....I also make it in the same way......But now days I make it in the microwave, small in quantity(only for my hb....nice to read ur MEME...

Prema Sundar said...

I have a very sweet tooth and basundhi is one of my fav.. loved the recipe and will try it sometime.thanks.

Kribha said...

Hi Bhags and Usha Prashanth,
Thanks for your kind words.Glad that you liked it.

Dear Asha,
Do you do things in the last minute too? I'm suprised.

Hi Suganya,
Frankly, I do not know if condensed milk gives the same authentic taste. Will try it once and let you know.I'm sorry for now.

Dear Rajitha and Pravs,
You both are so kind. Thanks for your compliments.

Hi Sia,
Thanks dear. I'm not much of a writer but I'm glad you liked it and the basandhi.

Dear Richa,
You love dancing too? What type of dance do you like? Thanks for your kind words.

Hi Sukanya,
You make basandhi in microwave? wow, please give me the recipe. I don't do basandhi much as it takes a lot of time. If microwave saves time, I'll surely try it.

Dear Prema,
Thanks a lot. Glad you liked it.

Mansi Desai said...

Hi kribha,

I think this is same as the basundi we make...I made it for rakhhi too:)

'twas nice reading your meme and great knowing you!

Kribha said...

Hi Mansi,
Welcome here and thanks for your kind comments. Yes, basundi and basandhi are indeed the same. will check your blog for your version. Please come back again.

Vcuisine said...

Hi kribha a rich dish with a cute meme. Nice post. Viji

Kribha said...

Thanks Viji. Glad you lked it.

Sobila said...

oh,i missed to see your meme, though i gazed at basandhi without knowing that is dedicated for me,,,,,thank u so much kribha,very nice of you,, i read ur anniversary post really so pretty, glad to know ur's is love marriage. truly u r good writer..then that picture in my blog just i took from some photo sharing website, offcourse i too have desire to celebrate pillayar bday like that:)

Kribha said...

Hi sobila,
sorry for my late reply. That's ok dear. My fonts are not so catchy. will have to change it sometime.
Thanks for your kind comments. Also, about that pillayar photo in your blog... it was really good. Sure you will do it very soon.

rv said...

hey dear, that basandhi looks authentic:) and yummy:) How is Kavin doing :) .....Read ur anniversary blog and this cute meme u have in this post, nice knowing u more:)

Kribha said...

Hi RV,
I'm soooooo happy to have you back. Thankyou for your kind comment dear. Kavin is doing good. Going to daycare right now. will keep in touch.

Veenaguns said...

ur basunthi was nice. I tried it and i came very well. My Husband loved it very much. Hats off.

Kribha said...

Hi Veenaguns,
I was so happy to read your comment. That's very nice of you to try the recipe and give me your feedback. Glad that your hubby liked it too and a special 'thanks' to you for doing this. Please keep visiting.