Thursday, April 7, 2016

Basundi (Thick Sweetend Milk) Gudi Padwa Special

Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa marks the New Year's Day for Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis. 

The hoisting of the "Gudi" is the main ritual of the festival. An intricate rangoli designs on the floor are drawn at the entrance of the house. A garland of Marigold flowers and Mango leaves are hanged along the main entrance door.

Traditionally, Maharashtrian families prepare shrikhand and Poori on this day. Many families make special dishes like Basunid, Pooran poli, masale bhat to celebrate this occassion. 

Gudi Padwa is considered to be an auspicious day to start new business & new ventures.

Every year at My place we love to prepare Creamy, rich, delicious Basundi (thickened milk) served along with Puris (Indian Puffed Bread).

  • 3 liters Full Fat Milk
  • 400 gms Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar or as per requirement
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cardamon Powder (Green Eliche Powder)
  • 1 tsp Charoli (Chironji Seeds)
  • 1 cup Water
  • Almond, Pista flakes & Saffron strands for decorations (Optional)
  • In a thick bottom sauce pan add milk and bring it to boil.
  • When milk starts boiling reduce the flame to the lowest and keep on stirring the milk continuously.
  • Cook the milk till it becomes quite thick and reduces to 1/4th of its original quantity.
  • Simultaneously in another vessel take 1 cup of hot water and add 400gms of Condensed Milk and mix it well. Make sure that no lumps are formed & mixture do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Now add this condensed milk mixture into the reduced milk and keep on stirring it continuously till the milk further reduces to 1 1/2 liters.
  • By now the milk changes its colour to a pale brown. This reduction of milk takes approximately 1 hour.
  • Once the milk is reduced and gets thick as per the consistency you require, switch off the flame.
  • Remove the pan from hot surface and let the basundi cool a bit.
  • When basundi is lukewarm add sugar and mix well till sugar dissolves completely.
  • Atlast add cardamon powder, charoli and mix.
  • Basundi is ready. 
  • Garnish Basundi with almond & pista flakes.
  • Serve warm or Chilled. 
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