Evaporated milk is often used in a lot of instant pot cooking. I was introduced to canned evaporated milk early in my life in the US. I use it in a bind. However, I really have a hard time using it in Indian desserts. It is nothing like the rich creamy thickened milk, we get my reducing milk. Thickened milk or ghono dudh as we call it in Bengali is the charm of making Indian sweets.
Back in the day, there were no refrigerators. So any milk leftover at the end of the evening was thickened and served as a dessert of sorts. In winter with date palm jaggery and it summer with fruits. Thickened milk is served in other parts of India as well, take for instance Basundi.
All this is fine, you say… But who has the time to sit and nurse milk until it reaches this sublime thickness. Now, this is my discovery. The other evening, I started the process of reducing the milk. I thought I would add condensed milk or something else to finish the process. I poured about a 3/4 gallon of milk in the instant pot and busied myself with something else. I gave the milk a good stir when it reached a good boil. About 15 minutes later it had reduced quite a bit and by the time the IP shut off I had enough milk to make my favorite dessert. No stirring! No sticking, just pour and let it do its thing.
I realized that the steady temperature was much higher than what would use on the stovetop, however, since it was nice and steady it just evaporated the milk without allowing it to stick. So, this really is too simple to be true. The thickened milk will stay in the refrigerator for five days and can be frozen for later use.
This really is beyond a recipe.
3/4 gallon of whole milk, turn on the saute button on the medium setting, stir once when it reaches boiling temperature.
- After 15 minutes after it begins a boil it reaches the thickness of any commercial product
- After 30 minutes it works for most things such as Indian Dessert, think kheer.
- If you want to give it another go after 30 minutes for 45 minutes you will end up with something that is the stuff dreams are made up off.