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September 15, 2020

Rabri Recipe - How To Make Rabdi Without Condensed Milk

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Making traditional rabdi/ rabri at home without condensed milk and khoya was in my long time pending list. Rabdi is basically a North Indian special dessert recipe prepared by boiling and reducing the milk till thick by collecting the malai(skin of milk). Its also known as lachha rabdi in Hindi.

Last year, when I prepared instant Malpua, I tried instant rabdi recipe with condensed milk in microwave. It was so quick and easy. After that, I prepared this traditional method of making rabdi for Krishna jayanthi to post under North Indian Krishna Janmashtami special recipes. Though this traditional rabdi is a time consuming process, the end result makes you forget the pain.

I have always thought rabdi and South Indian special dessert basundi are the same. But after preparing this rabri from scratch, I found there are some differences between rabdi and basundi in consistency, taste and method of preparation. Rabri is thicker than basundi. You can enjoy it warm or serve it chilled. You can enjoy eating as such or with malpua, jalebi, shahi tukda or even with gulab jamun. Tastes so good !

Ok friends, lets see how to make rabdi / rabri at home with step by step pictures and video.


Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua

Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua

Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua at home

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Full cream Milk - 1/2 liter ( 2 cups)
  • Sugar – 1.5 to 2 tbsp (adjust)
  • Chopped cashews, almond, pista - a handful
  • Saffron threads - few
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Rose water - few drops
  1. Pour the full cream milk in a kadai.
  2. While the milk boils, keep collecting the malai/ cream/skin that forms on top.
  3. Bring the cream to the sides of kadai and collect it.
  4. Add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder once the milk is reduced to 1/3rd.
  5. Boil for few more minutes till its reduced to 1/4th of its quantity. Switch off the flame.
  6. Scrape the malai from sides of kadai and mix with the milk.
  7. Remove and add rose water, garnish with chopped nuts.
  8. Serve warm or chilled with Malpua, Gulab jamun, Shahi tukda, Jalebi !
  • Pour the thick, full fat milk in a wide based kadai. Boil well. When the milk starts to rise, lower the flame and let it boil. Keep a wooden ladle over the kadai diagonally. It helps to prevent spilling of milk when it boils in medium flame. While it boils, cream/skin forms on top of milk which is called as malai in Hindi / paalaadai in Tamil . Keep the flame low to medium.

  • Use a ladle or spoon and move the cream to the sides of kadai. Repeat the same and collect it in the sides of kadai. Do not stir the milk continuously because malai won’t form on top. So boil the milk patiently in low to medium flame such that malai keeps forming on top. But don’t forget to stir the milk occasionally till the bottom of kadai because there are chances of milk getting burnt in the bottom.
    rabdi recipe
  • Collect the malai and deposit in the side of kadai. Milk boils and reduce in quantity. In the mean time, you can chop the nuts and set aside. Once it is reduced to 1/3rd of its quantity, add sugar, saffron threads, cardamom powder.
    rabdi recipe
  • Mix well and boil till the sugar melts. Milk turns slightly yellow in color. When the milk is reduced to 1/4th of its quantity, switch off the flame. Scrape the malai from the sides of kadai and add to the milk. Mix well and serve. Rabri thickens as it cools down. So switch off at the right stage. Make sure its not thick.
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  • Lastly add few drops of rose water and chopped nuts.(I din't blanch the badam. I used it with skin). Mix well and serve warm or chilled by refrigerating it for an hour. You can serve and consume as such or serve with rabri with malpua, gulab jamun, jalebi, Imarti or with shahi tukda. Enjoy !


  • Do not stir the milk continuously or often because it prevents the formation of cream on top of milk.
  • Don’t forget to stir the milk occasionally otherwise milk gets burnt in the bottom of pan.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste buds.
  • Do not skip rose water or use kewra essence for a nice and unique flavor to rabdi.
  • Do not make it too thick because rabri thickens as it cools down. So switch off the flame when its slightly thin in consistency. Adding malai makes it thick.
  • I din't blanch / peel the skin of almonds/ badam. If you wish, you can do it by soaking in hot water for 30 minutes.

Try this traditional Rabdi recipe at home and enjoy !

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