March 26, 2015

Cornflakes Rabri | Indian Desserts | Party Ideas

Sweet Rabri is a sweet, condensed milk based dish made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and changes its color slightly upon thickening. Sugar, spices and nuts are added to it to give it flavor. It is chilled and served as dessert. When I chanced upon my bookmarks, I saw one by Cinnamon and Chillies which was bookmarked several months ago. This recipe was too tempting to pass up, and I HAD to make it. When I said I HAD to, I mean I literally got out of my study table, where apparently I was supposed to study for my exams (you know the drill right :-))), but the picture I saw in the morning kept calling out to me. 

I made one tweak here, and it was ready,right within an hour of slaving over the stove (yes, Rabri is time consuming but worth all the effort). I am partial to milk-based sweets like Payasam (Kheer), Rasmalai and the like. And getting top marks from mom who ate this was the crowning glory. The husband doesn't care too much for sweets (unless its 99% cocoa bitter chocolate) so we happily indulged :-) Make this ahead for parties / potlucks and get togethers - those single serve portions are mess free as well as look cute on any occasion. 

Sending this to BM#50 under bookmarked recipes and also to Nisha's Kids Delight - beat the heat event. Hope you enjoyed the series on bookmarked recipes with Samba Wheat Idli, Beetroot Chutney (Vegan) and today's Cornflakes Rasmalai. The BM team is back with a month long Baking Marathon all of April, so stay tuned for those recipes :-))

Prep time : 10 min | Cook time : 1 hr | Chilling time : at least 45 mins | Serves : 4-6
Cornflakes Rabri - a milk-based Chilled Indian Dessert , served at the end of the meal

  • Full cream milk ( I opted for normal Cow milk) - 1/2 litre
  • Cornflakes - 1/2 cup (50% of this is crushed, and rest used as is)
  • Condensed Milk - 1/3 cup (you can substitute with approx 1/2 cup powdered sugar)
  • Elaichi / cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp ( I didnt use)
  • Saffron strands - few
  • Nuts (chopped) - 2 TBSP ( I used almonds and pistachio)

  1. In a non stick / heavy duty pan, Heat milk on a very low flame, and do not let it boil up. 
  2. Soak saffron strands in 1 TBSP warm milk for 5 mins, add this to the pan.
  3. After 10 mins, when it comes to a smaller boil, keep scraping down the cream formed on the sides and top.
  4. Now add crushed cornflakes, stir and let it cook till it softens, the rabri would start thickening slightly now.
  5. After 5-7 mins, add the condensed milk (or powdered sugar) and stir well. 
  6. You can check for sweetness and adjust accordingly. Keep scraping down the cream and mix it with the now boiling milk. 
  7. Then add chopped nuts and cardamom powder, mix well.
  8. When it consierablly thick (it thickens quite a bit on cooling), take it off the fire and set in individual ramekins. Top with nuts if desired.
  9. Chill for atleast 45 mins - 60 mins. Serve.

1) You can add a dash of rose essence to make it richer. 
2) Use fresh cornflakes for best results. 


  1. How much cornflakes should we use???? Am loving this and would like to try

  2. Sounds interesting. But cornflakes part is unclear. Please clarify.

  3. I can imagine how delectable and refreshing this would be on a hot summer day.

  4. Dessert looks superb!

  5. Very interesting!! Amazing looking desert.

  6. I have made a kheer from cornflakes but not posted, the rabri looks inviting.

  7. Great idea to use corn flakes in kheer. Yum

  8. The pics are so tempting Kalyani! Looks very inviting. I have some cornflakes leftover that no one wants to eat.Will try this for sure...

  9. Such a tempting and fabulous dessert,sounds interesting..

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  11. Cornflakes in rabri sounds interesting.

  12. I always like a little crunch in a smooth dessert. This sounds very interesting!

  13. Just cant resist to this absolutely irresistible rabri, totally drooling here.


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