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Dessert recipes: Apple Basundi, Quinoa Phirni

By Gopal Jha
October 30, 2019 11:45 IST
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Indulge yourself with these delicious dessert recipes shared by Gopal Jha, Executive Chef, Novotel Mumbai. 

Quinoa Phirni


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ¼ cup dates
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 cups skimmed milk
  • 1 cup almond powder
  • ½ tbsp ghee 
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands 
  • Sliver almonds and pistachio
  • 5-6 blueberries


  • Heat ghee on a sauce pan. Once the ghee become warm, add quinoa. Roast the quinoa till it become light brown. Add one cup hot water and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water is reduced to half, add 2 cups of hot milk in it. Add saffron strands.
  • Let the quinoa and milk mixture come to boil, reduce the flame and let it simmer for 7 to 8 minutes till perfectly cooked.
  • Add dates, almond powder and cardamom powder. Stir well and cook.
  • Garnish with nuts and blueberries, and serve hot or cold. 

Multigrain Laddoos


  • 2 cups multigrain flour
  • ¼ cup jaggery
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee
  • 2 pcs cardamom
  • 4 pcs roasted almond


  • Heat the ghee, fry the multigrain flour till it gets golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • Melt the jaggery in ¼ cup water. Once the jaggery melts, add the roasted multigrain flour and cardamoms. There should be no lumps. Add the nuts.
  • Grease your hand with ghee and make laddoos when the mixture is warm. Rest till cool.

Apple Basundi


  • 500 ml milk
  • 7 strands of saffron
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup freshly grated apple
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 5 gm jaggery
  • ½ tsp lime juice 
  • 2 pcs almond


  • Bring the milk to boil. Reduce the heat and cook it on lower flame for 1 hour. 
  • Melt the jaggery and cook the milk again for 25 min, till it thickens like rabdi.
  • Add cardamom power and cooked the grated apple and chia seeds in the thicken milk. Garnish and serve chilled.

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