Instant Basundhi

A milk based Indian Dessert

Basundhi ~ a rich and creamy milk based dessert that is stewed on the stove top for a few hours, the milk solids coagulating and the milk caramelizing, sweetened with sugar, spiced with saffron and cardamom and garnished with chopped almonds, pistachios, etc,…..a dessert that is the epitome of richness and happiness ! Perfect for any celebration.

As much as I would love to sit by the stove top and patiently wait for the full fat, preferably non pasturized milk to first boil, then reduce down, while collecting all the milk fat on the sides, making sure I do not burn the pan or let it boil over, then finally add sugar and wait for it to help caramelize the milk, sometimes when the craving hits, I don’t have the luxury of time. So this recipe is a huge time saver.

If you are a purist, kindly bear with my semi homemade version, but if you give this a try, you too will love it. Make it as sweet as you’d like or as mild as you need, it can be completely customized to your liking. I have made this using the Pot-in-Pot technique in the 3 Quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.

Instant Basundhi in the Instant Pot.

**If you are using an Indian Pressure cooker, follow the same PIP method but give it 2 whistles on Medium High heat. Let pressure settle naturally.

**If you are using a non Indian pressure cooker, let it sit for 10 minutes on medium high heat, after the pressure builds up, then remove from heat.

These alternatives are just guesstimates since I haven’t tried any of the above personally. I use pressure cookers a lot for regular cooking, hence the suggestion.

It is an extremely calorie packed dessert, mine is definitely on the sweeter side, so one cannot eat more than 2 ounces per serving. Or freeze some for thawing and eating when the next wave of the basundhi craving hits !

I do not have step by step pictures for this one, I will update as soon as I take some soon. Please bear with me.

Recipe : Instant Basundhi

Prep Time : 5 minutesCook time : 6 minutes
Ease Level : 😃Dessert
Serves : 6 to 8 (2 ounce per serving)Instant Pot

Ingredients :

  1. Evaporated Milk – canned – full fat – 1 can – 354 ml
  2. Unsweetened Khoya/Khoa – store bought – 150 grams – grated
  3. Low Fat milk – 1/4 cup – I used 2% milk
  4. Sugar – 4 tablespoons for mild, upto 6 for a sweeter version
  5. Saffron strands – 4 or 5 – dissolved in a teaspoon of milk or water
  6. Nuts for garnishing – optional

What is Khoya/Khoa :

It is full fat milk that is boiled down in an open, all the moisture evaporates and then one is left with the dry milk fat. This is process that needs time and patience. But there are quicker alternatives to this, like using dry milk powder and cream or buying khoa from the freezer section of your local Indian store in USA or local sweet shops in India sell unsweetened khoa along their vast array of sweets and savories.

How to :

  1. Grate the khoa using the larger side of your grater and set it aside. I like this because it mimics the texture of the original basundhi.
  2. In a stainless steel vessel that can be used in the Instant Pot for PIP, add the evaporated milk, sugar, the low fat milk and the saffron. Mix thoroughly until sugar dissolves.
  3. Now add in the grated khoa and mix gently making sure you don’t break up the khoa too much. The texture is a big part of this dessert.
  4. Prep the inner pot of the Instant Pot : add about 1.5 cups water to the base of the IP vessel, place the stand that comes with the IP in the water.
  5. Now, place the vessel with the Basundhi mixture inside the prepped inner pot of the IP, close the lid, seal the vent and set it to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 6 minutes.
  6. Once the timer is done and the IP turns to Keep Warm, let pressure settle naturally, this adds to the caramelization of the mixture.
  7. Remove from the IP carefully, let it come down to room temperature and then garnish with chopped nuts if you like to.
  8. Tastes good warm or cold, completely your choice.
I made this for an Instagram event celebrating Lord Krishna, hence the set up!

I hope you try this and if you do, please let me know how it turned out. Make it your own and enjoy a yummy and quick Indian Dessert !! This was absolutely yumm…….totally worth the kilocals !!

Thank you for stopping by !!

4 thoughts on “Instant Basundhi

  1. This looks so tempting 😀 I love everything “Basundi”😜😜😋😋😋
    By evaporated milk, do you mean condensed milk?? I really want to make this but I could not understand this one ingredient, kindly help 🙏


    1. Hi Shaheen, thank you …basundi is my favorite as well. I am sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner! Evaporated Milk is not Sweetened Condensed Milk. In the United States we get evaporated milk in tin cans, that is milk boiled and reduced down, 60% of the water is removed, leaving it slightly thicker than milk, usually no sweetener is added to this can. Hope this helps 🙂 !


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