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Soy Milk Fruit Basundi

May 11, 2009

Basundi is a traditional Indian Mithai (dessert) that is made of reduced Cow or Buffalo Milk. My version of Basundi has soy milk instead, and I’ve noticed that people who taste my Basundi can never be able to guess it’s made of Soy Milk. Be ready to toil some on this one (about 4 hours) so plan accordingly. I promise the results will be worth it! Serves 4-5 people.

You will need:

  • 4 Liters Plain Soy Milk
  • 1 small can sweetened condensed Milk
  • 1 small pack of Heavy whipping cream (leave this out if you want to go low-fat all the way)
  • 4-5 cloves of Cardamom
  • 3-4 drops of Vanilla essence or Pulp of 1 Vanilla pod
  • 5-6 strands of saffron (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon – zest of an orange
  • As many chopped fruits as you like – Apple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Orange segments, Grapes


  • In a large pot, pour in the Soy Milk and bring to a boil
  • After it comes to a boil, reduce the stove heat to medium and let it simmer gently, while stirring with a spoon occasionally to prevent the milk from forming a layer on the bottom of the pot
  • Milk needs to be simmered till it reduces to 1/3rd it’s original size
  • While the Milk boils, add in the Condensed Milk, Whipping cream (if using), and Cardamom pods
  • When the milk is reduced, shut off heat, add the Vanilla essence and stir well
  • The Reduced milk may have strands of cooked milk so you can drain it in a sieve if necessary
  • After draining, add the lemon zest and the saffron and mix well to allow the saffron to infuse in the milk
  • Let the milk cool to room temperature, after which it needs to go to the refrigerator to chill
  • Just before serving, add in the chopped fruits, mix well and enjoy!
4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2009 5:43 am

    this sounds very good with the sugar, cardamon and saffron, wonderful flavors

  2. May 15, 2009 1:57 am

    This sounds like something I would like to try. I would probably skip the saffron, though. I love cardamom and pure vanilla. I’ll bet this would be delicious with the fresh berries of summer.

    • May 15, 2009 8:49 pm

      I am sure it would be Sue! Infact the first time my sister made it, berries are all she put in…It was so yum!

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