Sandesh – A Bengali sweet for Durga pooja

admin, March 11, 2015

 

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients:

  1. 1 litre milk
  2. 1 to 1.5 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
  3. 2 tbsp palm jaggery or substitute with just 2 tbsp sugar
  4. 3 tbsp sugar or as required
  5. 4-5 pistachios, almonds, sliced or 10-12 golden raisins

 

Directions:

  1. keep the milk to boil.
  2. line a deep bowl or pan with a muslin or thin cotton napkin.
  3. when the milk beguns boiling, lower the flame.
  4. add lemon juice and stir.
  5. when all the milk curdles, switch off the fire.
  6. pour the entire content in the lined muslin.
  7. take the four corners of the muslin in your hands and join together.
  8. the chenna or paneer would be in the muslin. so gather all the curdled paneer together in the muslin and squeeze the whey.
  9. rinse the chenna with the muslin in running water very lightly. this is to remove the sourness of the lemon juice or vinegar from the paneer.
  10. place a weight like a stone bowl or a stone pestle on the muslin for 25-30 mins.
  11. take the paneer in a plate or a tray.
  12. knead with the knuckles of your palms
  13. gather the whole mixture at intervals and then again continue to knead till the mixture becomes smooth and less granular.
  14. add jaggery and sugar and knead for 2-3 minutes again.
  15. the jaggery and sugar both will melt and release moisture in the mixture.
  16. add this mixture to a thick bottomed non stick pan.
  17. with continous stirring cook on a low flame for a total time of 9-10 minutes.
  18. first the mixture will have a smooth and molten consistency.
  19. slowly slowly the moisture would begin to dry up and the mixture would start coming together.
  20. we do not want a dry sandesh mixture.
  21. the paneer should have some moistness and must not have a dense rubbery texture.
  22. remember the mixture should have some moistness and not be dry.
  23. also no oil or fat should be released from the mixture.
  24. let the mixture warm or cool and then knead the mixture again to get a smooth consistency.
  25. shape into round flattened balls or a peda.
  26. with a toothpick or fork you can even make designs on the sandesh.
  27. press some pistachio or almond slices or raisins in the center.
  28. serve the sandesh immediately or refrigerate and then serve them.
  29. if not serving immediately then refrigerate them as they get spoiled if you keep them out at room temperature.

 

Tips:

  1. Use freshly made paneer or cottage cheese to make sandesh.

 

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