Thursday, January 19, 2012

Basundi (Rabadi) {New year special}

Happy New Year and a very Happy Makar Sankranti to all my friends.Hope you all have a safe,happy ,prosperous and fun filled life this year and years to come.
Its been very long i have posted any recipe.I won't give much excuses for being lazy,but as the winter started its been tough to engage my sweet 21/2 year old boy who is becoming very naughtier day by day and who keeps me busy all day long.Finally on new year i took resolution to just slowly start posting the recipes.
Also i would like to thanks all my friends,blog friends and family to support me and encourage me to post new recipes all year long.Its been more than a year now as i have started this blog and i hope i post many more recipes in future too.

Today i am posting a special recipe called Basundi (Rabadi) which is speciality of Maharashtra.
They prepare this dish on kojaagri  (full moon day which is called sharad purnima/kojaagiri.This is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin that comes during September-October.this day they worship goddess laxmi.In sanskruit ko-jaagiri means who is awake,and its been saying that ,that night the people who are awake goddess laxmi gifts wealth to them .There is a very interesting story besides this festival which i will like to share in some of my future post).
when we were kid our family along with many friends used to prepare this delicious milk in open sky(terrace),so that full moon light falls on this milk(which is very auspicious).we used to do pot lock (every family used to prepare one dish for dinner) and used to eat and drink this milk together.we used to have lot of fun.In our house everybody love this delicious sweet and its a very very healthy too.


2 litre Full Milk
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup badam,pista and cashew powder
1-2 tsp charoli(chirongi)
4-5 strands of kesar
1 tsp cardamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Take a big heavy pan ,start boiling milk on low to medium flame stirring occasionally till milk reduces to half.
while doing this the milk become thick,rich and creamier.

Make dry powder of badam,pista and cashew.dissolve kesar in 1-2 tbsp of milk for 1/2 an hour.

When Milk is reduced to half put the above dry fruits powder and kesar into the milk.stir them properly so that everything is mixed properly.

Now add sugar,cardamon powder,nutmeg powder and stir them thoroughly.let this simmer for 10 more minutes.

Finally add charoli and mix it together.
Let this be boiling for 5 more minutes and your delicious basundi is ready.
This can be served  hot or cold both taste good.In North India the same way they do Rabadi.

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