Thursday, March 21, 2013

ORANGE BASUNDI

For the first recipe, as per our tradition, I shall present a dessert. Indeed, it is considered auspicious to start with something sweet. 

The recipe I share today came from one of my Bengali friends. I need hardly say that in India, the people from Bengal are famous for their sweets. This is because sweets seem to play a big part in all their social and religious ceremonies. We get a wide variety of sweets from Bengal. 

Today's presentation is a "basundi" or kind of milk kheer, if you will. Mine has orange in it which lends a very distinct flavour to it..

ORANGE BASUNDI
A milk-based dessert, cooked with blanched almonds and cashew nuts. I have added oranges after it has been chilled. 

Ingredients: 

  • Segmented pods of 1-2 Oranges,
  • Full Cream Milk, 1 litre
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Badam (Almond) Milk Powder, 1-2 tbsp
  • Blanched Almonds, 15
  • Cashew Nuts, 10
  • Saffron, a few threads
  • Almond slivers, a few, for garnishing.

Method: 

Chop the blanched almonds and cashew nuts.
Boil the milk, reduce the heat, and add the blanched almonds and cashew nuts
Continue to boil the milk stirring frequently to condense it to half the quantity
Add 1/2 cup sugar, or as per taste
Add 1-2 tbsp of badam milk powder
Cool it and refrigerate this for about 2 hours. 

After that, add the segmented orange pods
Garnish with slivers of almonds and saffron
Serve chilled