Rabdi is a creamy concoction of thickened milk, sugar and nutsIndia's Love for Thick and Creamy Rabri
Rabri is extensively prepared across North India in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Parts of West Bengal too relish the creamy delight as part of their dessert fare. Rasabali, chhena kheeri
and Khira Sagara
are some of the desserts from the Eastern part of the country which are deemed incomplete without a generous helping of thick Rabdi.
The unbelievably thick and rich desserts
is made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and starts to change its colour to slightly off-white. The condensed milk dessert is then flavoured with a host of aromatic spices like cardamom
and nuts like pistachios and almonds.
While the preparation of rabdi
is extremely easy, but it also happens to be rather time consuming and needs a great deal of patience. You can easily end up with burnt milk and or a blackened kadhai
if you are not cautious with the milk and its temperature. Traditional preparation of rabdi requires milk to be continuously simmered in a kadhai
and reduced on low flame till it reaches a thick creamy consistency.
Kadhai is traditionally used to prepare Rabdi for two very important reasons. First, the broad opening of a kadhai helps thicken the milk faster and allows for quicker evaporation of the milk. Secondly, a kadhai is traditionally meant to have a thick base, this ensures that even after hours of simmering the milk the liquid at the bottom does not get crusty or burn.
Here's a delicious recipe of Rabri
by Niru Gupta that would help you whip up the simple dessert in the comforts of your kitchen. Get ready for a major slurp-fest!