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Rabri or Rabdi is a classic, traditional Indian sweet. It is a rich dessert that is a mixture of thickened creamy milk and bits of malai (top of milk) that is lightly sweetened with sugar and flavored with saffron and cardamom powder.

Ingredients for Rabri or Rabdi Recipe :-

  • 2 litres Full cream milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 8 strands Saffron (soaked in 2 tbsps of warm milk)
  • 2 tbsp chopped pistachios
  • 8 almonds, blanched and peeled
  • Few drops Kewra essence or Rose water
  • 2 tsp milk powder (mix it with 2 tbsp of warm milk)
  • 2 tbsp milkmaid


  • Boil milk in a large heavy bottomed wide vessel on high flame. Once it comes to a boil, reduce flame to low and allow to simmer.
  • Now add milk powder and milkmaid in it and mix well.Continue to do this till the milk is reduced to less than half of the original quantity.
  • Keep scraping the sides of the vessel and combine it with the thickening milk.
  • After almost 1 hour, the milk would have reduced considerably to a thick mass. Now add sugar and half of the chopped nuts and mix. Allow the sugar to dissolve and continue to simmer the mixture till it reaches a third of the original quantity.
  • Add cardamom powder, rose water and saffron and mix well.
  • Turn off flame and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Remove in a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining chopped nuts and saffron strands.
  • Refrigerate it for 2-3 hours and serve it with atta malpua or jalebi.

Do not keep stirring the milk constantly. Stir only at intervals to ensure that the milk does not burn. It is advised to use heavy bottomed vessel so that the contents do not burn.

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