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5 from 7 votes


Basundi - thickened milk with saffron and nuts. Basundi or Rabri with almond milk. Indian Vegan Sweets for Diwali.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Vegan Richa


  • 3 tbsp soaked cashews soaked for atleast 15 mins in warm water
  • 1 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp non dairy milk I use almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons raw Sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron strands 8 to 10 strands
  • a generous pinch of cardamom powder
  • a good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast adds a thickened milk flavor
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch


  • Blend cashews, 1.5 cups almond milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom, nutritional yeast and salt in a blender, until well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until it just about starts to bubble, 3 to 4 minutes
  • Meanwhile, mix cornstarch in 2 tbsp milk. Mix well and add to the hot milk. Whisk and continue to cook till is thickened to desired consistency.
  • Take off heat. Cool and chill in the refrigerator. Garnish with almond and pistachio slivers or toasted nuts and serve.


To make Rabri: Chill the mixture uncovered in the refrigerator. A cream layer will form on it. Mix that in a couple of times in the hours of chilling.
Nutritional values based on one serving


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 1.8mg