Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sandesh/ Sandesh Recipe

I Love Bengali sweets very much. Sandesh making first time and it came very nice. Vik also liked it very much.
Milk -                  1 litre (preferably full cream)
Lemon Juice -      2 tbsp
Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup+3 tbsp(7-8 tbsp)
Dry fruit Masala - 1 tbsp (just for garnishing)

Bring milk to a boil, then add lemon juice. The milk will start curdling and the water will separate  keep stirring to avoid burning at the bottom and until the water completely separtes. Switch off. 
Collect the paneer and transfer it to a muslin cloth,wash it well with water to get rid of the sour taste of lemon. 
Then tie and hang it for at least 30 mins for all the remaining water to get strained.(I squeeze water by hand)
Then add powdered sugar with this paneer and grind it a smooth paste.The orginal recipe says just to knead, but grinding makes it even more easier.

Now transfer this grinded mixture to a nonstick tawa and cook for 8 mins(just 6-8 mins not more than that).First it will be sticky slowly it will turn into a non sticky mixture.Switch off at this stage.

Collect this mixture in a bowl , the final stage mixture is called "Makha" - the not yet moulded sandesh  When it is warm make a small ball and flatten it slightly with ur palms. 

Make a small dent and garnish with Dry fruit masala. It will harden while cooling so sure it will not be as fragile as when we mould it.

Some Notes:
In total, the paneer cooking time should be only 7-8mins or little less, but sure not more than that else it will get dried and become crumbly then you will not be able to mould it.
If the paneer is over cooked we cannot roll them into balls ,if it is happens again grind it but now don't cook,by this way there is some chanches to make again proper shape,with me also happen when i was making  time.
If it is Under cooked you will feel the raw taste of paneer so take care while cooking.
If in case the mixture gets dried then add little milk, knead it once then mould it to your favourite shape.
You can also add kesar or any food color while or cooking.
I like it best when chilled.


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