Rabri / Rabdi Recipe | How to make Rabdi

Rabdi (रबड़ी) or Rabri  is a popular north Indian dessert made out of milk. It does not require a long list of ingredients to make Rabri, but it simply tastes divine and out of this world. I have sweet memories of this sweet, as its one of my favourite sweet. Sharing today this rabdi rabri recipe. My mum used to make rabdi very so often at home. Anytime a guest would come for dinner, we would have rabdi as dessert.

Rabri or Rabdi Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Rabri or Rabdi Recipe | Your Food Fantasy


Rabdi is sweetened thick milk with layers for cream or malai. It is made by slow heating milk and letting the layers of malai or cream form.

As rabdi has layers of cream or milk, it is also referred sometimes as “Lacchedar Rabdi”.  You can flavour rabdi with cadamom powder, saffron, kevda water. Yon can top up rabdi with dry fruits like pistachio and cashews.

Rabri Recipe - Rabdi Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Rabri Recipe – Rabdi Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

How to make Rabdi / rabri

Good thing about preparing Rabdi is that it is an easy recipe, but problem lies in the attention to detail and there is no shortcut. Its recipe is very simple, which primarily comprises of evaporating milk in a wide mouth pan / kadai and collecting the fat till the milk reduces to one fifth of original quantity.


Take a wide mouth pan or kadai. Add milk to the pan and let it cook on low heat. This will form layers of malai on milk. Keep collecting the malai on side of the pan. Make sure you are constantly stirring the milk. Reduce milk to one fourth by repeating the process. Add sugar, cardamom powder and kewra water to it and mix well. Switch off the heat and add chopped pistachios

Rabdi Recipe, How to make rabdi  | Your Food Fantasy
Rabdi Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Tips for making rabdi

Rabdi making takes time and you can not fasten this process by increasing the heat. Use a wide mouthed pan for making rabdi. To effciently utilise time, I will recommend that you make rabdi when you doing something else in kitchen.

Serving suggestion of rabdi

You can have Rabri as hot or chilled cold. I personally prefer it cold. If you want to try out Rabdi Falooda (an amazing dessert), you need to make Rabdi for that first. You can pair rabdi with gulab jamun and jalebi too.

To make rasmalai, you will need to make rabdi too.


You can make other variations of rabri by adding fruit puree to the finished rabdi. Some the examples are mango rabdi, strawberry rabdi, fig rabdi, etc.

Let me now give a detailed recipe of how to make delicious Rabdi easily at home.

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Rabri or Rabdi Recipe | An Indian Dessert | YourFoodFantasy.com

Rabri | Rabdi Recipe

Rabri aka Rabdi is thickened milk topped with cardamom powder, and kewra water making a delicious dessert, best enjoyed cold.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 Portions
Calories 60 kcal


  • 1.5 Litre Full Fat Milk
  • 6 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Kewda Water


  • Take a heavy bottom pan Kadhai and heat on medium heat.
    Boiling Milk for Rabri
  • Add milk to it and let it boil. Once the first boil comes, start collecting the top layer cream(malai) on sides of pan with the help of fork.
    Rabri Recipe | Indian Dessert Recipe
  • Repeat the above process until milk reduces to 1/4th. Scrape all the malai from sides into the reduced milk in centre.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and kewra water to it and mix well. Switch off the heat and add chopped pistachios.
    Rabri recipe | Traditional Indian dessert recipe
  • Cool it in fridge and serve cold. Enjoy..


  • You can skip using sugar and can add condensed milk.
  • You can adjust the further cooking depending upon the desired consistency.


Nutrition Facts
Rabri | Rabdi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 50mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Next time you have a guest coming, impress them by this traditional Rabri. It is a no fail recipe and surely your guests will love it.

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