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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:42 PM
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Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Please! Help me out. I heated 1 liter of milk. When it reduced to half, I added sugar and dry fruits mix and some saffron. It's been boiling for more than 20 mins after it became half but it's not getting any thicker. What should I do?
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

You can try using corn starch.. but add little by little and stir constantly till you get the thickness you need.. you can start with condensed milk though and then add corn starch to help.. but can't think of any other way.. I know it is perhaps too late now to help you though.. by now you should be looking at dried or burnt milk if it was still boiling.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 02:39 PM
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Thanks, I removed it off the heat a few mins after I posted this. It is now fairly in the right consistancy but not sure if it's gonna thicken up too much after I chill. First attempt at this...didn't use any corn starch or anything.

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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Naa corn starch will sorta interfere with the taste.. cond. Milk will do if it does not thicken enough.. just add that milk maid or what ever and let it boil (no water).. Remove.. no need to boil for long. It should work.. Mind you cond. milk has sugar in it already.. so if you are making it light on sugar.. you might want to look for the sugar free version next time around (Yes I have seen them in a few places but not everywhere though here in India) but in KAAANada.. you should find it in any of those chain stores like shop rite and such.
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Wait.. I got a better idea.. put it in small cups and put it in deep freeze for a few hours.. will become home made basundi kulfi!!! (Being in canada you might not even need a freezer.. just open your window).
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

I will remember the condensed milk version for next time Gpel. Thanks! It tastes really good right now. Just worried if it's gonna thinks up too much chilling!

You are right, we usually leave beer in the backyard for if to chill sooner than our freezer! Lol
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Boiling ... some long spoon or spatula placed over the top stops milk from boiling over and out. How does it work? No, no miracles. Spatula bursts the balloons and bubbles ... serious.

I am two late is obvious. Rakhiji ... a slice or two of dried white bread works wonders in soaking up extra fluids or to add to the thickness and the taste ... I'd say almost 100% of the sweets made in India of milk contain bread crumbs to save on the cost. You don't want to know stuff that goes into the food served in street and restaurants.

During 3 summer holidays, a friend of mine read in newspaper of a guy who worked for a cooking oil supplier ( factory behind a lane in Abdul Rahman Street in Mumbai ... ) to the street vendors and many restaurants ... many of them dosa places frequented by pure-veg and Jains ... eaters loved the aroma and special taste missing in food at home. My friend won't tell me what went into that oil ... but he told me this ... there is a huge population in China who earn their living going down in the city's sewerage pipes to collect slimy stuff floating over the water filled with (edited) ... they sell it to the (cottage industry) places where slimy sludge is converted into cooking oil and sold to the street vendors and some restaurants ... serious.


edit/add ... members and the moderators ... refer to me anyone or if one of you wish to reduce weight ... tell me your favorite Indian street or restaurant food and I will tell you stuff that goes into it. I won't charge you guys a paissa. No consultation fee and no waiting for next appointment date. Normally my fees are in 20 minute slots but I offer free to the members of this site.

By the way ... they make and sell fake eggs and rice in China ... serious ... fake eggs! ... filled with shitty chemicals. Cheap to make means more profits. One will have to be shud kangressi to believe that no such things happen in Jawahralal Nehru's India.
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Bread crumbs/ slices in Basundi? Wouldn't that change taste though Badriji?
Then you are going to remove before serving? Something doesn't sound right.
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

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Bread crumbs/ slices in Basundi? Wouldn't that change taste though Badriji?
Then you are going to remove before serving? Something doesn't sound right.
No remove ... basundi/mawa/barfee sold in Indian sweet shops is part milk and part bread. And if bread is too expensive, real cheap places add sheets of ink blotting paper. Blotting paper tastes great once it has absorbed cheap flavored syrup (cause syrup is cheaper than sugar) and milk fat. Serious.

Rakhiji, did you ever buy yogurt from corner shop back home ... one set in clay pots? Or if you ever had thick creamy lassi with a thick delicious layer of milk fat thrown over it? That thick layer is several sheets of precisely cut blotting paper placed over yogurt before it starts to set.

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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

Blotting paper yes.. the most hygenic alternative but NOT the way badri pai adovocates.

This is how it is done..

Blotting paper can be used to remove water from anything and even be regulated.. no kidding..

Blotting paper is sadwiched between two sieves and then placed in the intended liquid.. you immerse it in that liquid and take it out in a few minutes.. it will absorb water content from the solution (and some of the solutes too!!) but the "excess" water part gets removed.. do it two or three times, your liquids viscosity will visibly improve

How to regulate it? There is a very simple method. For example you will use ghee with basundi no.. Then do this.. heat ghee.. when it melts pour/apply it carefully on the blotting paper kept on the sieve.. let it cool a bit. now heat milk.. and dip this paper in the milk.. now ghee being lighter than 'water' will float off of the bloating paper and water will take its place.. let it be in that liquid for a bit of time till you like the level of thickening and remove.

experienced halwaais know when to remove this paper exactly and so they do not have to constantly watch and scratch our heads to figure out when to remove.. and so for them it is rather a matter of routine.

NEVER HEAT/BOIL when the blotting paper is in the liquid.

Ofcourse eating it is no health hazard. it is bamboo bark for christs sakes and don't you eat bamboo shoots at a chinese restaurant?

In either cases, discard the blotting paper.. or make halwaa of it and feed to your house hold 'cattle'..

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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

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Please! Help me out. I heated 1 liter of milk. When it reduced to half, I added sugar and dry fruits mix and some saffron. It's been boiling for more than 20 mins after it became half but it's not getting any thicker. What should I do?
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I think I can help. Here's what you need to do. Lower the gas right away. Keep stirring the mix. It usually takes about 40-45 mins to get thicker.
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

What I am surprised about is, why hasn't somebody asked the obvious question Why does she want Basundi thicker? I think Basundi looks good thinner only. Btw, who tf is Basundi
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almost a year since Rakhi started cooking basundi.. should be thick by now. If not I would have given up.
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almost a year since Rakhi started cooking basundi.. should be thick by now. If not I would have given up.
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Re: Urgent help! Basundi isn't getting thicker!

reminds of a recipe someone posted here. Mishti dhoi. It was basically sweetened yogurt (i didnt know this then). He omitted the part where we have to bring the milk to room temperature or to lukewarm. I added yogurt in hot milk. It never became yogurt.

I am perfect in making Basundi now! Get rave reviews whenever I make it now.
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