Mango Basundi

Basundi is a creamy, rich and delicious dessert made with thickened milk. You can make basundi in different flavours.  As mangoes are available in plenty now, I have added mangoes to the basundi and  made mango basundi. Lets take a look at the recipe.


3 cups full fat milk
3 tsp sugar
a large pinch of saffron (kesar)
2 tbsp chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios & cashew nuts)
¾ cup mango puree
½ cup small mango cubes for garnishing


  • Heat a broad bottomed pan.
  • Add the milk and cook on a slow flame.
  • Keep stirring occasionally.  
  • Remove 2 tsp milk in a small bowl and add  saffron to it. Set it aside.
  • Add  sugar to the boiling milk. 
  • Allow the milk  to boil till it reduces to half its quantity.
  • Keep scraping the sides of the vessel.
  • Add the saffron mixture to the milk and mix.
  • Add the chopped nuts and mix.
  • The basic basundi is ready.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Now, add the mango puree and mix well.  
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled garnished with small mango cubes.


I have not added cardamom (elaichi) powder to the basundi as I didnt want cardamom to affect the mango flavour. But, you are free to add cardamom powder if you wish.