rabri recipe

rabri recipe – a step by step post to make rabri the way its made traditionally. rabri is a popular north indian sweet made from milk.

basically rabri is thickened sweetened milk having layers of malai or cream in it. its flavored with cardamoms, saffron with the addition of dry fruits like almonds and pistachios. this version of rabri is also called as lachha rabri in hindi.

the preparation is easy but takes time. milk is continuously simmered and reduced on a low flame till it reaches a semi thick consistency.

rabri is usually prepared in a kadai as the broad shape of the kadai helps in evaporation of the milk faster. you can also use a shallow broad pan instead. the pan or kadai has to be thick bottomed or else the milk gets scorched or burnt from the base.

rabdi recipe traditional

the step by step pics are from two different occasions i made rabri. once i just made plain and the next time i made it to be served with malpua.

preparing rabri is easy but you have to give it attention. there is no short cut method to this traditional recipe. so i do suggest to prepare this recipe when you are working in your kitchen and cooking something else too. but remember not to get absent minded while making rabri.

rabri can be served warm or chilled. you can also serve rabri with shahi tukda, gulab jamun, jalebi and falooda. and yes rabri tastes good with pooris too.

if you are looking for more sweets recipes then do check rasmalai, rasgulla, gajar halwa, kaju katli and boondi ladoo recipe.

rabdi or rabri recipe details below:

rabri recipe
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rabdi recipe | rabri recipe | lachha rabri recipe

rabri recipe - a traditional indian sweet of thickened sweetened milk with layers of cream. also known as lachha rabri in hindi.
course desserts, sweets
cuisine north indian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 1 hour 15 minutes
total time 1 hour 20 minutes
servings 3 to 4
calories per serving 358 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1.25 litres full fat whole milk or 5 cups milk
  • 2.5 to 3 tablespoon sugar or add as required
  • 5 to 6 green cardamoms, crushed Or ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder)
  • 12 to 15 saffron strands (kesar) - crushed
  • 1 teaspoon rose water or kewra water (pandanus extract)
  • 2 tablespoon almonds (badam) - blanched and sliced
  • 2 tablespoon pistachios (pista) - blanched and sliced

how to make recipe?

cooking milk till half of its volume to make rabdi recipe:

  1. take 5 cups or 1.25 litres of full fat whole milk in a thick bottomed kadai or pan & begun to heat the milk on a low to medium flame, till the milk starts to froth or form a layer of cream/malai on top.
  2. so when you will see the cream floating on top, then with a spatula, gently move the cream layer.
  3. bring it towards the side of the pan and stick it to the pan.
  4. keep on simmering the milk like this and collecting the cream layer on the sides.
  5. meanwhile soak almonds and pistachios in hot water for 30 minutes. then remove their peels.
  6. slice or chop them and keep aside. do keep a check on the simmering milk when soaking as well as slicing the almonds, pistachios.
  7. this process of collecting the cream layer has to be done many times. continuous simmering of the milk will bring the cream on top and you have to bring & stick it to the sides. in between also stir the milk gently on occasions, so that the milk does not get burnt from the bottom. if you do too much of stirring and if quickly, then you won't get the layers of cream in the rabri. 
  8. you can also just thicken and scrape the milk solids from the sides like i have done for shahi tukda rabdi. but in this case you won't get the layers of cream or malai in the rabri. but both versions taste good.

making rabri recipe:

  1. once the milk reduces to half, then add 2.5 to 3 tbsp sugar. you can add sugar as per your taste.
  2. then add a 12 to 15 strands of crushed saffron and 1/2 tsp cardamom powder. stir gently.
  3. continue collecting the cream and bringing it to the sides of the pan. also do stir the milk gently after you bring the cream towards the sides of the pan. if you don't stir the milk then there is a possibility of the milk getting browned or burnt from the bottom.
  4. after adding saffron, the color will change gradually to a yellow color as the milk keeps on reducing.
  5. when the milk gets reduced to 1/3 or 1/4 of its original quantity, then switch off the flame. it took me about 1 hour 15 minutes on a low flame initially and medium flame towards the latter stage.
  6. the cream layer will be collected on the sides. scrape off the entire cream layer as well as dried milk solids and add to in the thickened milk.
  7. stir gently. then add the sliced almonds & pistachios and 1 tsp rose water or kewra water. stir gently again.
  8. garnish with some sliced almonds and serve rabri hot or warm or chilled.


lets start step by step rabdi or rabri recipe:

1. take 5 cups or 1.25 litres of full fat whole milk in a kadai & begun to heat the milk on a low to medium flame, till the milk starts to froth or form a layer of cream/malai on top.

milk for rabdi recipe

2. so when you will see the cream floating on top, then with a spatula, gently move the cream layer.

boiling milk for rabdi recipe

3. and bring it towards the side of the pan and stick it to the pan.

malai for rabdi recipe

4. keep on simmering the milk like this and collecting the cream layer on the sides and sticking it to the pan.

collecting malai for rabdi recipe

5. meanwhile soak almonds and pistachios in hot water for 30 minutes. then remove their peels.

almonds for rabdi recipe

6. slice or chop them and keep aside. do keep a check on the simmering milk when soaking as well as slicing the almonds, pistachios. you can even use either almonds or pistachios.

almonds for rabdi recipe

7. this process of collecting the cream has to be done many times. continuous simmering of the milk will bring the cream on top and you have to bring & stick it to the sides. in between also stir the milk gently on occasions, so that the milk does not get burnt from the bottom.

if you do too much of stirring and if quickly, then you won’t get the layers of cream in the rabri. you can also just thicken and scrape the milk solids from the sides like i have done for shahi tukda rabri. but in this case you won’t get the layers of cream or malai in the rabdi. but both versions taste good.

collecting cream for rabdi recipe

8. here the milk has reduced to half about 30 minutes later. and you will see the layers of cream collected on the sides has thickened also.

reduced milk for rabdi recipe

9. once the milk reduces to half, then add 2.5 to 3 tbsp sugar. you can add sugar as per your taste.

sugar for rabdi recipe

10. then add a 15 to 18 strands of saffron, which have been crushed and ½ tsp cardamom powder. stir gently.

saffron for rabdi recipe

11. continue collecting the cream and bringing it to the sides of the pan. also do stir the milk gently after you bring the cream towards the sides of the pan. if you don’t stir the milk then there is a possibility of the milk getting browned or burnt from the bottom. after adding saffron, the color will change gradually to a yellow color as the milk keeps on reducing.

boiling milk for rabdi recipe

12. here the milk has got reduced to ⅓ of its original quantity. you can even reduce the milk to ¼ of its original volume. switch off the flame.  it took me about 1 hour 15 minutes on a low flame initially and medium flame towards the latter stage.

boiling milk for rabdi recipe

13. the cream layer will be collected on the sides.

reduced milk for rabdi recipe

14. scrape off the entire cream layer as well as dried milk solids and add to the thickened milk.

collecting cream for rabdi recipe

15. stir gently.

boiling milk for rabdi recipe

16. then add the sliced almonds & pistachios and 1 tsp rose water or kewra water (pandanus extract). stir gently again. reserve a few dry fruits for garnish.

add almonds to rabdi recipe

17. then garnish rabri with some sliced almonds, pistachios, crushed saffron and serve rabri hot or warm or chilled.

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64 thoughts on “rabri recipe, how to make rabri recipe | rabdi recipe for malpua, falooda”

  1. Hi,
    I made the rasgullas from recipe from another site. They did not hold well, so I went to your site to use those rasgullas in making the rasmilai which turned out really really great.
    I have a question about the milk that is used for rabri. I live in Canada and the homo milk has 3.25% fat. This milk does not form layers of cream like I saw on this recipe.
    What is the fat % of the milk that you are using for this recipe.
    Thank you so much. I love your website and I am here to stay.
    Please respond as soon as you can.

  2. Hi Dasanna! Love your recipes! Truly mouth watering!
    Well, I have a very strange question.
    Can we use more quantity of toned milk instead of full fat whole milk?

    1. jayasri, you will need to give a try. usually for rabri, full fat milk is the best. but i think it should work. adjust the amount of sugar, dry fruits, saffron as required.

      1. Thanks for your reply!
        May I know which brand milk did you use? Here Amul Taaza and Nestle A+ are available.

      1. sandhya, strain the milk and then you will get rich chenna. just mash the chenna or grind with sugar in mixie. then make sandesh. or you can cook the ground chenna lightly and then make sandesh. or you can let the entire water evaporate. add sugar. and make a paneer like sweet.

      1. ok … thanks
        I m a new cook…. and vegreceipes is the guide for me ….
        Helping me to experiment new receipes as i get bored eating the same food again n again.

  3. I made the rabri for the very first time and it tastes divine. Will make the malpua tomorrow for holi. Thanks a ton yet again dasana.

  4. I had made rasmalai earlier too with the traditional method of rabri. This time I want to make it again but I am confused about which will taste better rasmalai with condensed milk or the traditional method. Please help me out.
    Waiting for your response.

    1. kaur, the traditional recipe is better. with condensed milk, i always find the rasmalai to be more sweet and plus one does not get the malai wala texture of rabri in condensed milk. if short of time, then you can use condensed milk.

  5. Hi dassana I am chef I am working in Australia I was looking for the rabri recipe that one is awesome frankly speaking I am more western style chef then indian style and this rabri recipe really goes good with ghulab jamun .i am not so good in indian desserts but this recipe simple and delicious I got heaps of compliment for my indian theam night . Thanks for sharing your recipes .

  6. dr. mirbaqtiyarali

    Madem..I REALLY THANKS TO U FORGIVING ME THE RECIPE OF MY BE SWEET FAVORATE DISH. I LIKE.I AM FROM HYDERABAD& I REALLY THANKS TO U VERY MUCH……

  7. Hi, love ur culinary skills. I have a question – what is the difference if you add sugar while making the dish as you have explained or prepare condensed milk and then add while preparing? Also I love to steam the condensed milk further for brownish colour in rabri. You have added saffron some time later after collecting some white layers of milk. Any specific reason or you can add it at the beginning too???

    1. thanks. sugar can be added first too. but i add sugar later as the amount can go awry if added first, since the milk keeps on reducing and getting thickened. thus the concentration of sugar increases. since in the recipe i have already mentioned the amount of sugar, you can add it first too. but when making without measurements, its better to add sugar later. saffron has a delicate aroma and if cooked too much, the freshness of its aroma reduces. ideally it should be added at the last stage. but to get a bright yellow color i have added it in between.

      1. Thanks for the tip. Actually I was asking for adding condensed milk in place of sugar. I would like to know the difference in cooking with sugar like you did or by adding condensed milk. Also comment which is better style of cooking.

        1. fine. i thought you are referring to rabri as condensed milk. since the milk is getting condensed in a way. with condensed milk the taste will be different than with sugar. in fact the rabri will me more richer with condensed milk. with condensed milk the time would also reduce. i would suggest to make the rabri with sugar as that gives the authentic taste. but then its totally upto you and what suits you 🙂

  8. Love your blog! Your recipes always turn our delicious no matter what; even when I make minor modifications to suit our taste or availability of ingredients. 100% success, every single time!

  9. Heya dassana, I tried this rabadi recipe today with few of my variations and I must say that it turned out so well that I am in awe..I am so thankful to u for sharing ur wonderful recipes with us. I have added little condensed milk and crumbled paneer to speed up the process and to achieve thickness as here in england it’s really difficult to get full fat milk. Thanks again ur truly wonderful.

  10. Hi dassana,

    I must say, this is my favorite cooking blog. The elaborate cooking steps and the tips in between, and those amazing pictures. I keep coming back again and again everytime trying something new from your blog. Thank you so much 🙂 Looking forward to many more recipes from your blog… 🙂

    Regards,

    1. we are quite glad to know this janhavi 🙂 do keep coming and keep sharing your views would love to hear from you. you are always welcome and thankyou so much for your kind words.

  11. Hi, first I was introduced to this website through Facebook from my friend. From that day I have become your fan. Is rabdi and basundi are same

    1. thanks sushma. rabdi is more thick than basundi. though the preparation is same, for rabdi the milk is simmered further than what is done for basundi.

  12. Dear Sir i really thanks to u for giving me the receipe of my be sweet dish i like i am from pakistan and i really thanks to u very much

  13. Hi Dassana,

    I tried this recipe last weekend. It turned out really nice and yummy. My husband loved it and so did I. I never knew making Rabdi was so easy, it is one of my most favorite sweet.

    Thank you so much, I love your blog!

  14. Hi dassana, I made the above recipe . took me 1 and1/2 hr . . turned out so nice that my 8 yr old son wants me to make it again. He just loved it. Never I thought I would make rabri at home. Thanks to you.

  15. Today is my Papa’s birthday and he don’t like cakes etc. So while he was away at work, i came on your awesome blog(its my google for cooking) and found this. I made it and it came out unexpectdly well for a beginner in cooking like me.

    Thank You Di.. you explain it so well ^_^ 😀

  16. This has turned out to be just yummylicious. My 8 year old was a little skeptical to have it but once he tasted just a tiny bit and he is all over this rabri. Thanks for sharing it. Would be trying a few more recipes from here. 🙂 🙂

  17. Hi Dassana,

    I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never been interested in cooking for so many years and now that I am alone in Berlin, my only life support are your blogs. I live on them literally. I like to try all new recipes and I think I am better at cooking than being an engineer 😉 My family is surprised when I send them pictures of what I have cooked. My fiance seems to be too happy although her reasons of being happy are mean 😛

    Your pictures, your writing style, your explanations- Everything is simply the best I have come across.

    Thank you so much Dassana. You have made my life so easy and interesting. AND (YOU) have made me a good cook (according to my peers).

    This Rabri recipe is on my list for the coming weekend.

    God bless you in abundance.

    1. welcome mahesh. thats very good to know. its like blessing in disguise as you are staying alone. good to know that you are learning cooking and getting admiration from friends. thanks for your encouraging feedback and blessings. all the best.

  18. Wahhhhh….I basically dislike sweets….but the pictures of your post inspired me to cook this….though it was a tedious process the end product was heavenly….too much applause at home….again….all kudos to you….:) 🙂

    1. thanks priya for this sweet feedback. glad to know that the photography inspired you to try rabri. the process is long but if you do something else in the kitchen then you will not feel that its a long process. i usually cook my lunch and rabri side by side. so the time does not register.

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