Before you start making Basundi, you need to soak at least 2 tea spoons of saffron in hot milk for a few minutes and keep it aside. Roughly crush the almonds and pistachio nuts. Now once the cardamom is peeled, powder it and mix it with the crushed dry fruits.
Now pour milk in a large utensil and start boiling it on low flame till it reduces to half. Keep stirring it occasionally to prevent it from sticking. Now add all the dry fruits and the cardamom powder and sugar in the boiling milk. Continue to boil it for 4-5 minutes. Once done, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
Once it reaches room temperature, keep it in the refrigerator for 4 hours. During this time, keep stirring it to avoid a layer from forming on the surface. Once it cools serve it in separate bowls and garnish it with strands of saffron and dry fruits. Basundi is one of the most popular Indian desserts which is made on every festival. Since it is easy to make, you can also have it as a regular daily dessert.