Rabdi ,also called Rabri is sweeten reduced milk . The milk is boiled over slow flame and reduced to more than half . Sugar and cardamom complete this delicious sweet.
You travel up North and you shall spot sweet shops who would be preparing the Rabri outside their shops . They have big iron pans / kadahis with milk and a huge iron spatula . One person is on it . It is cooked on slow fire and needs constant stirring . All the cream that comes up is gathered and put on the side of the kadahi . These are called lachas. Later sugar and cardamom are added . The word Lachedar Rabri comes from this .
Rabdi is generally enjoyed chilled and as it is , though it’s a base of many Indian sweets . It makes a wonderful combo with many sweets . Rabri Falooda is one such combo which is very close to my heart . It brings back nostalgic memories of my childhood . Baked Boondi with Rabri , Jalebi Rabdi , Malpua Rabri are some of the very popular combos with this simple reduced milk . Rajasthan has a special variety of ladoos made with Rabri , they are called Rabri Ladoo ! It was recently that I served Motichoor Golgappe at our BM # 100 Meet . These golgappas are topped with Rabri !
Well , Rabri is my last days post for week 1 of our Mega Marathon where Sweets and Snacks are the theme.
Rabri , a sweet with reduced milk
2 lt full fat milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
Using a broad and thick bottomed vessel place the milk to boil .
Once it comes to a boil , simmer the gas and let the milk reduce till it is reduced to 3/4 .
While the milk is boiling stir it regularly so that it does not get burnt . While it is boiling it will form skin and cream on the sides of the vessel , make sure to scrape it down and mix it in the milk .
When it is nearing the reduced quantity add cardamom powder and sugar .
Let the sugar dissolve and boil again for another 5-7 minutes .
Add saffron ( optional ).
Let cool , serve in earthen bowls .
Garnish with pistachios and a silver leaf / varak.
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