So here is the thing I have learnt about Indian desserts. While some of them are best enjoyed as standalone dishes (like rasgulla, kheer and halwas), the rest serve as perfect accompaniments to other dishes elevating the overall experience several notches up. Rabdi or Rabri is a delicious exception to this rule and one that works like a charm in both avatars. Rabdi is a creamy concoction of thickened milk, sugar and nuts with deep layers of creamy malai in it. Laccha Rabri comes flavoured with cardamom, saffron and nuts and is a wholesome treat by itself. Sold in kulhads across the Northern half of the subcontinent, Laccha Rabri is a creamy dessert and can get a little too heavy on your stomach due to its thick consistency, but we are not complaining! Rabri is also enjoyed as a topping over piping hot and crisp jalebis, crunchy and sugary malpuas, melt-in-your-mouth shahi tukdas and delightful kulfis.
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, saffron 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!
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.