I am always ever so enthusiastic to make a visit to the supermarket. Given a chance, I wouldn’t mind going to a local farmers market everyday to pick up vegetables and fruits for the day. Now, please don’t think I am trying to sound like a parisian chic who shops and eats so sensibly! But what i do like is most french woman hate diets and exercise because I hate them too. Yes, I don’t think I will ever go on a diet or get an exercise exhaustion. But I do believe that a healthy diet is about moderation and not deprivation. If you want to eat that darn chocolate cake, eat it but some of it. And then eat whole clean foods and eat homemade foods as much as you can.This is it! This is what I like most of the times apart from one of those trashy days when I greedily eat a big bowl of fries and I let the humble fruit bowl stare at me. But these days, I am following the moderation intake quite strictly as I am trying hard to be a good example to my dear little boy.
Anyway, enough of all this. Look at this dessert!
What is Rabdi you may ask especially if you are not from India? Rabdi/ Rabri is an Indian dessert which is sweetened reduced full fat milk and garnished with some nuts and spices like cardamom and saffron. A lot of the Indian sweets are made up with different combinations of milk based products like Khoya, Paneer and Malai. When it comes to making sweets at home, my favourite is Malai. For one thing, you can hardly go wrong in reducing milk to a creamy heaven and mainly this malai stuff is just heaven in a bowl. One can probably make an endless list of recipes using a cup of Malai. This Apple Rabdi is also made with malai and is a little less sinful as it has grated apples. This is a perfect dessert for kids too!
All you need is
1 litre of whole milk
1/2 can of condensed milk(I used a little less as the apples were sweet and crunchy)
A pinch of saffron and cardamom powder
Some nuts of your choice to garnish
Take a wide milk pan and boil the milk till it reduces to half. Keep stirring in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Half way through the boil, you can add saffron and cardamom. Once reduced to half, it may look a bit pale yellow but this is only a good sign. Now, add the condensed milk and grated apples. Simmer for five to ten minutes till it all comes together nicely. Turn off heat and serve it warm or cool it completely before chilling it in the refrigerator.
How easy was that? A couple of things to keep in mind with using apples in this recipe.
-Only grate apples just before you add them to the hot milk.
-Make sure that the apples are not too sour as it may spoil the milk.