Saw the video of Rahul Gandhi having Bingsu? Here's how you can make this Korean dessert at home!

The summer heat is inspiring everyone, including Rahul Gandhi, to find new ways to stay cool. Watch as the politician enjoys the Korean dessert Bingsu, and learn how to make this refreshing treat at home with our easy recipe.

Hitanshu Bhatt
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Like many of us, Indian politician Rahul Gandhi is seeking ways to stay cool this summer. A video of him enjoying Bingsu was posted on X (formerly Twitter) by a user with the caption, "In the extreme heat of Delhi, Rahul Gandhi Ji went out to enjoy Bingsu at a snowberry in Delhi." If you're curious about what Bingsu is and how to make it at home, this article has got you covered. Keep reading for all the details and a step-by-step recipe.

Bingsu is a popular Korean dessert made with milk and shaved ice that is ideal for summertime consumption. Also spelled as Bingsoo, it is topped with condensed milk, fruit syrup, chopped fruit, and red beans but the most common version of it is the one with red beans as topping.

History of Bingsu

In Korea, Bingsu has a rich history that dates back to the start of the Joseon dynasty in 1392. The secret to Korea's ability to have ice in the middle of summer was Seokbinggo, which translates as "stone ice storage." It was essentially an ice storehouse built of rocks. The first version of Bingsu is said to have been made by crushing ice and adding red bean paste for sweetness. Korean officials in charge of the royal icebox are believed to have consumed this cold treat to stay cool during the summer. Because of this, the most common type is called Patbingsu, which means "sweet red bean shaved ice," although there are other varieties to try. Bet you are thinking of cooling yourself down with a chilling Bingsu in this scorching heat after learning about it. Worry not! We've got you covered with a recipe for it.

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Ingredients for making Bingsu 

Milk  4 and a half cups 
Condensed Milk (can be substituted with corn syrup or glucose) Half cup 
Toppings  of your choice 

Method for preparing Bingsu 

  • In a freezer-safe container, mix the milk and condensed milk together using a whisk.
  • Cover the mixture and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  • While the mixture is freezing, prepare your toppings. You can chop up some fruits like mangoes, strawberries, kiwi or bananas and set them aside. Although, we would recommend you to use mangoes since the summer season is going on in India.
  • After the mixture has frozen, remove it from the container and wrap it in some plastic wrap. This will make it easier to hold.
  • Hold the wrapped-up milk block with a towel to protect your skin and begin shaving it into a bowl using a grater. You can also use a food processor with a grater attachment.
  • Add your favourite toppings and drizzle some condensed milk on top and your Bingsu is ready!

(Recipe by Dumpling Connection)

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