- 2 Cups milk Full fat reduced to 3/4 cups
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream,
- 1 tsp Gelatin OR 2 tsps Agar Agar powder or 3 tbsps flakes
- 2 tbsps Cold water
- 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
- 2 tbsps pistachios ground
- 1 tsp saffron strands
- Pinch saffron of edible food color
- Few pistachios Sliced for garnish
- Few strands saffron for garnish
Ø Boil the milk for the Rabri or condensed milk in low flame, stirring occasionally in between till it is reduced to little less than half a cup. Chill in the fridge and your Rabri is ready.
Ø Add the hot water to the gelatin or agar agar and dissolve properly and keep aside. You might have to dissolve the agar agar again on a double boiler as it has a tendency to set fast. So it’s better to dissolve it with hot water just right before adding it to the cream, making sure it’s lukewarm or normal temperature and not hot.
Ø Whip the chilled heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer for nearly 3 minutes in high speed till it is stiff and standing in peaks.
Ø Add the dissolved gelatin or Agar agar and the chilled Rabri and mix gently with a spatula making sure not to deflate the air in the cream.
Ø Divide equally into 3 portions.
Ø To one portion add the green color and the powdered pistachios and to the other add saffron color and saffron strands and keep the third portion as it is.
Ø Put the mousse mix in piping bags for easy layering.
Ø Take shot glasses or transparent dessert bowls or wine and champagne glasses and pipe them in green, white and saffron layers equally.
Ø Chill the mousse for 3-4 hours.
Ø Garnish with piped cream, sliced pistachios and saffron and serve.
Ø Canned unsweetened condensed milk can be used instead of Rabri or if using sweet then the whipping cream has to be unsweetened to balance the sugar or else the mousse will turn out to be very sweet. Homemade Rabri without added sugar is the perfect option.
Ø While making Rabri make sure it’s stirred quite a bit so that it doesn’t turn out grainy who affects the texture of the mousse.
Ø The vessel and the mixer blades have to be chilled half an hour before the cream is beaten so that stiff peaks are formed easily. The cream, the vessel and the blades have to be chilled before beating.
Ø Add the sugar mentioned only if you like more sugar in the mousse otherwise the sweetened whipping cream imparts the right amount of sweetness in the dessert.
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BY: Chef Jaybir Negi, Pastry Chef, The Deltin, Daman