Trip to Nathdwara is incomplete without Rabdi. Rabdi, a simple dessert made with just two ingredients: milk and sugar. Milk is boiled for hours in a large pan or kadhai over wood and cow dung heat which eventually turns into this thickened milk. Caramelized milk cream stuck onto the sides of the pan is also scraped and put back into the milk. Eventually imparting caramelized flavor. This sweet thickened milk is the favorite offering to Lord Shrinathji and also to the pilgrims there. This simple Rabdi has the flavors of its own. No added cardamom or nuts...this is delicious as is!
The other most important ingredient that makes it special is the clay pots of kulhad in which Rabdi is served. Rabdi is transferred into these pots, and clay pots keep this milk dessert stay cold and fresh for a long time.
Below are the pictures of our visits to Nathdwara and our indulgence into Rabdi.
Here is boiling of milk which will turn into Rabdi.
Wood and dry cow dung is added for fuel.
Here is Rabdi: Prasad offering from the temple.
The first thing my husband does on reaching Shrinathji is having Rabdi :)
Here is my brother bringing early morning rabdi from the temple.
This was my attempt to create the delicious taste of Shrinathji Rabdi.
Bring 4 cups of milk to a boil and simmer on low heat for 2 hours stirring occasionally. The cream stuck onto the sides can be scrapped out and put back into the simmering milk.
When milk thickens, add 2-3 tbsp sugar. Simmer for some more time.
Remove in clay pot and serve while it is warm or chilled in the refrigerator.
Enjoy the Delicious Traditional Rabdi!!