Thursday, January 1, 2015

PINEAPPLE BASUNDI

PINEAPPLE BASUNDI

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a bright, happy and prosperous New Year! May you learn many new and exciting recipes. Happy cooking!

It is customary to start the New Year with a sweet so I present you with a popular dessert in India called Basundi.

One of my favourites is Orange Basundi which features in this blog. Today, I explain how I make another type of basundi, this one made with pineapple.




Ingredients:
  • Whole Milk, 1 litre
  • Fresh Pineapple, chopped, 1 cup
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom Powder, (Elaichi powder), crushed from 2 cardamom
  • Pistachios, a few, for garnish
  • Saffron, a few strands, for garnish
Method:

Heat the whole milk in a thick-bottomed vessel and bring it to a boil. 
Stir continuously over a medium flame till the milk gets reduced to about 1/2 litre ie. half the original quantity
Add the sugar, mix well  and continue to stir till the sugar is fully dissolved
Take it off the flame and add the cardamom powder
Mix well and allow it to cool fully
Now refrigerate it for about 3-4 hours
Add the chopped pineapple pieces to the chilled milk (If the pineapple is slightly sour, add 2 tsp of sugar to the pineapple pieces) and mix it well
Garnish with saffron strands and pistachios
Keep the basundi refrigerated until you wish to serve it
Serve chilled