Pantua 

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May Maa Durga empower you and your family with her nine swaroopa of Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Happiness, Humanity, Education, Bhakti & Shakti. Happy Navratras. And have a blessed Durga Puja.

Durga Puja is starting from tomorrow. A auspicious occasion of Bengal.

Sharadotsav or Durga puja is an annual Hindu festival in Bengal that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.

We prepare different types of sweets for this occasion. 

Sharing one more sweet for this festive season.

Pantua.  A delicious melt in mouth dessert. In North India gulab jamun is very famous and its looks like gulab jamun right?  But its not gulab jamun. Gulab jamun is made of khoya or milk solid and pantua is made of paneer or cottage cheese.

You can find this sweet in different names and shapes in Bengal.

Pantua can be made round or oval shaped both. There are two more varieties of this dessert. You can call them close cousins of pantua. They are ledikeni and langcha.

Langcha is cylindrical shaped sugar syrup dipped sweet made of the same ingredients of pantua. But darker in colour. In West Bengal Shaktigarh is famous for its langcha. Whenever we travel from Kolkata to Patna by road my brother always stop at Shaktigarh to enjoy this yummy sweet. And we also pack some of these delicious stuff. Here is a picture I have taken in a sweet shop at Shaktigarh.

Ledikeni is also made with same ingredients. Here is an old story about this sweet.

Bhim Chandra Nag a confectioner of Kolkata renamed his pantua ‘ledikeni’. At that time he prepared this specially on the occasion of the birthday of Lady Canning, wife of Governor-General Charles Canning. And she loved these sweets and asked for more. Thus pantua is also called ledikeni 😀

Sending this post to 110th #Foodiemondaybloghop Durga Puja theme. 

Pantua is easily available in Bengal and Odisha but not in North India. This melt in mouth delicious dessert is very easy to make. Make it at home and make your festival special.

 Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Refined flour or maida – 3 tablespoon

Suji or semolina – 1 tablespoon

Soda – a pinch

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1 cup + 1 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Raisins – as require 

Oil for frying 

Method 


Knead paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk, refined flour or maida, soda, sugar and ghee for 10 – 15 minutes.

You have to knead it well to get a smooth and soft dough.

I have blend the cottage cheese and dried milk in mixer grinder to make it smooth.

Then kneaded with sugar, ghee, soda and refined flour for 7 – 8 minutes.

Make small equal size balls out of the dough. I have made 16 balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place a raisin in the middle and close the edges. Make a smooth ball again. Make the balls carefully ensuring no cracks on the balls. 

Mix sugar and water in a large pan. Let it boil.

Add cardamom powder and saffron.

When sugar dissolved simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Simmer the heat.

Fry the balls on low heat. Be patience. Don’t increase the flame.

Fry all the balls evenly. Place on a paper towel.

Soak the fried balls in sugar syrup for 1 hour.

Or heat over high flame just to one boil. Remove from heat.

Serve immediately. Or let it cool down at room temperature and keep in refrigerator for later use.

You can serve it chilled but I like it hot. Just heat or microwave for few seconds before serving.

Enjoy the soft delicious melt in mouth pantua.

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Kheer Kadam Or Kheer Kodombo 

Happy Navratri.

Its festival time in India. We need some homemade sweets to serve our guests on these auspicious occasions. So trying to share some sweet recipes for this festive season. Stay tuned for more 😊
Kheer Kadam or Kheer kodombo or Kheerkodom is an exotic sweet of Bengal made of mini rasgullas, mashed sweetened and flavoured khoya and roasted poppy seeds.

This sweet is looks like a ball shaped flower Kadam flower or kodombo flower. So it called kheer Kadam or Kheer kodombo. Kheer is a Bengali word for khoya/mawa or dried milk.

 

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Kheerkodom is my most favourite sweet. Earlier my friend Rita Ghosh  has made a guest post for me. And she shared this kheer Kadam recipe for us.

Now I have made this sweet in a different way. I have made small sized Saffron rasgulla for it and used store bought khoya burfi for outer layer. But you can make it with homemade khoya or mawa/dried milk too.

Tasted this sweet in Kolkata and CR Park at Delhi. Loved them too much. Now enjoying my homemade kheer Kadam 😀

My fellow blogger Reena who blog at Cook with Reena encourage me a lot to make this delicious sweet. Thanks a lot Reena. So this post is for you dear.

Recipe is very simple. If you like you can make instant kheer Kadam. Use store bought small sized rasgulla, cover with mashed khoya burfi and roll on dry roasted poppy seeds or desiccated coconut. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litre

Curd – 1/2 cup

Saffron – a fat pinch

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 3 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Khoya or mawa burfi – 8-10

Poppy seeds or khaskhas as require

Method 


Dry roast poppy seeds and keep aside.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil add curd. Stir the milk. It will be curdle. If require add little more Curd. You can use vinegar or lemon juice too. But you have to wash the cottage cheese properly to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon juice.

When the greenish whey or water and paneer separated, strain the paneer or cottage cheese with a maslin cloth.

Hang for an hour. When the water strain out completely take out the paneer on a plate. Mix saffron with it. You can use little yellow food colour instead of saffron.

Mash the paneer and saffron mixture with the heel of your palm. Knead it at least for 10 minutes or until the paneer becomes smooth and little greasy. Make small balls with it. Balls should be smooth and without any crack.

In a wide pan heat 3 cup water and 1 cup sugar. When the sugar dissolve completely slide the balls into the sugar syrup. Balls will be double so take a large pan.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes. You can check after every 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add let it cool down.

Strain the sugar syrup from the rasgullas.

Mash the khoya burfi. If you don’t have burfi. You can use khoya/mawa or dried milk. You can get the khoya or dried milk recipe here.

Mash the khoya. Add powdered sugar to taste and little rose essence. You can add little milk if khoya is too dry.

I have used readymade khoya burfi.

Make small balls with khoya. Flatten with your hand. Place a rasgulla in the center. Close the edges and make a ball again.

Make all the balls like this. Roll the balls on dry roasted poppy seeds or khaskhas.

Kheer kodombo is ready to serve.

Enjoy…….

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Saffron Pistachio Sandesh Panna Cotta / Guest Post By Bejaya Sinha 


Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta.

Its a guest post and 200th post on my blog. My recipe sharing journey started with food group ‘Chef At Large’. And I am very happy to share this recipe of a very talented member of this group.

 

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin or agar agar and moulded. Literally meaning of panna cotta is cooked or thickened cream. And this Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta is a fusion recipe. You can taste panna cotta in Bengali sandesh.

 

This is a guest post by Bejaya Sinha. We met each other in a food group Chef At Large.  She always amazed me with her delicious recipes and excellent photographs. She is an awesome home cook. Bejaya has shared many of her innovative recipes in food group.

Impressed by her photography skill and innovative recipes I have requested her to make a guest post for my readers.

So here is a delicious dessert for you. Thank you so much Bejaya for this awesome recipe.

 

Now lets see what Bejaya said about this recipe.

“Kesar Pista Sandesh Panna cotta.

An innovative fusion of Sandesh &Panna cotta.

Absolutely creamy & delicious sweet made with agar agar.

Dedicated to my mother who was an excellent cook..

I have learnt cooking from her specially sandesh.. She used to pack homemade sandesh in our tiffin box and all my friends were crazy about that sandesh..

Now my kids also love sandesh.”

Its a single serving recipe you can make double or more.

 

Recipe 


Soft paneer or cottage cheese – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder 1 teaspoon

Sugar – teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Cream – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Agar agar powder – a big pinch

Pistachio – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Method 


Its a single serving recipe. You can make it double or more.
Mash 1 tablespoon sotf paneer or cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon milk powder, 2 teaspoon sugar till smooth.

Boil 2 tablespoon milk &1 tablespoon cream and a pinch of Saffron together. Add a big pinch of agag agar powder.

Whisk till smooth.. Add paneer mix, cardamom powder and, 1/2 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Mix well.

In a greased mould add 1/4 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Pour panna cotta mix.

Chill for 2 hours in refrigerator.

Unmould and serve.

Add some cream mixed with kesar on top.

You can adjust sugar as per taste.

Enjoy………

Misti Doi 


Misti doi or caramel flavoured sweet yogurt.

Misti doi is very common dessert in Bengal.

Authentically its made of thickened sweet milk and caramel. And allowing the milk to ferment overnight. Earthen post is best for making this Misti doi because water evaporate through its porous walls and produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture.

Nowadays you can get lots of flavours in misti doi. Such as aam doi or mango flavoured yoghurt, khajur gur or date palm jaggery yoghurt etc.

Many of my readers asked for the recipe of misti doi when I posted Misti doi parfait

This yogurt is my all time favourite.

We can get it at Kolkata or Delhi sweet shops. First time tasted homemade when spending my summer vacation at my Sejomashi ( maternal aunt’s) home at Delhi. She was an amazing cook. She and my mom is no more with us but still remember the taste of the dishes made by my mom and aunt.

I have got this recipe from my Sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I always followed her recipe without adding any flavour. But in my last Kolkata visit noticed in sweet shops they used whole cardamom in misti doi. So I have added few cardamom. But next time again I will make without cardamom. If you like you can add or add a pinch of cardamom powder.

I remember when my father in law asked after tasted my homemade doi “from where you bought this doi? Its much better than I tasted before. More delicious.”  And that was my best reward I have ever get.

 

Happy Father’s Day in advance. Jagruti Cooking Odyssey   requested some blogger friends to link up with her to celebrate Father’s Day. This misti doi was most favourite dessert of my late father and father-in-law. So I am dedicating this post for Father’s Day.

This yogurt takes more time to set than normal plain yogurt. And we set our homemade curd or yogurt with only 1 or 1/2 teaspoon curd. But this yogurt need more curd to ferment.  I have added 1/2 cup curd in it. Because I have used fresh homemade curd which is not tangy at all. I am sharing some tricks to set the yogurt easily.

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litter

Sugar – 1 cup ( 3/4 + 1/4 )

Curd – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 3 – 4 optional
Or
Cardamom powder – a pinch, optional

Sliced pistachio for garnishing, optional

Method
Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add 3/4 cup sugar and reduce the heat. Cook on low flame until milk becomes almost half. Stir occasionally.

In a separate non stick pan or heavy bottom pan mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon water. Keep it on low flame until it becomes golden brown.

Immediately add in hot reduced milk. Mix well. Add the cardamom if you want. When it starts to boil stir and switch off the flame.

Let the milk become lukewarm. Stir continuously. Don’t let the milk topping set over the milk. Don’t make it completely cool. Milk should be warm and touch it to check. If you can tolerate the heat then its perfect to set.

Remember milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

Whisk the curd well. Mix with reduced milk and whisk again.

Now time to set. You can set it in glass or ceramic pot too. But better try to set in earthen pot for better result.

Because it’s porous walls evaporate​ the moisture. And you will get perfectly set misti doi.

Pour the milk in the earthenware. Cover and keep it undisturbed in a warm place for overnight or 8 – 10 hours.

If the weather is cold then its difficult to set this yogurt. In that case keep the earthen pot in microwave and set the minimum temperature of your microwave. 180 or 200. In my microwave lowest is 180. Just press the power button 👆 few times to get desired temperature. Keep the yogurt filled earthen pot in it. start the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes cover and keep it undisturbed in the oven for overnight or 7 – 8 hours.

You will get perfectly set misti doi.

After setting keep it in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. You can garnish with chopped pistachio.

Enjoy the chilled misti doi as a dessert.
Notes –

Don’t make the milk too thick  just reduce to almost half.

Whisk well before setting to make it smooth.

If you don’t have microwave keep it in a casserole and close the lid. Or cover the pot with a warm cloth.

Milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

 

Some more recipes of other talented bloggers for Father’s Day celebration.

Sugar free mango basil and cashew

 

Ghari rotli or puran poli

 

Baigan ka bharta

 

Meat masala bharwa baigan

 

Masala upma

 

Sweet vermicelli with jaggery

Cake Sandesh

 


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Happy Women’s Day.

Starting this post with the words of Mother Teresa. Her selfless work among the poverty-stricken people is an inspiration for us.

“for we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.”
Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World

And Gandhiji said, ‘Intellectually, mentally, and spiritually, woman is equivalent to a male and she can participate in every activity.”

From Sita in Ramayana to Kannagi in Silapathikaram to Rani Jhansi are not only celebrated women but also their contribution to social change and awareness had been immense.

India is the original home of the Mother Goddess. women in India have always been honored and respected.

Source

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And calling for gender equality.

Our this week’s 82nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Women’s Day treat. I am sharing cake sandesh or pinwheel sandesh.

This sandesh is a very delicious soft sweet with the aroma of cardamom and chocolate. I am giving both the method of making it. I am out of town this time. Whenever I will reach home, I will make it again and add some pictures of pinwheel shaped sandesh too.

Recipe 



Chhena/paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla  – 1/2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon
Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Method 



Mix paneer/cottage cheese or chhena and khoya/mawa in a plate. Mash well with your palm. Or grind into a smooth paste.

Heat one tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Add paneer/cottage cheese, khoya/mawa and sugar in it. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency and leaves the sides.

Let it cool down. Knead it again to make it smooth. You can grind it too.

You can make it in two ways.

1. Separate 1/3rd mixture and add cocoa powder and vanilla essence in it. Mix well.

Flatten it on a aluminum foil.

Mix cardamom powder in remaining mixture. Mix well and make a log with it. Place the log on cocoa powder mixed flatten mixture. Roll it and wrap with aluminum foil. Keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into desired pieces and serve.
Or
Divide the mixture into two equal parts. Blend cocoa powder and vanilla essence in one and cardamom powder in another part.

Thinly roll out both the halves into equal sized pieces.

Place the chocolate piece on top of the white one. Roll the two tightly together as for Swiss rolls. Wrap with aluminum foil. And keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Cut into desired pieces. And serve as pinwheel sandesh.

Enjoy…….

Baked Dudh Puli (Guest Post For Pushpita Aheibam)

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Baked dudh puli.

Puli is another name of pithe and dudh means milk in Bengali. Its very famous in Bengal. Different types of pithe are used to make in every Bengali homes on Makar Sankranti.

Its my first guest post and I am very happy because I am sharing this post with my loving sister, friend and very talented blogger Pushpita. Visit her blog Ei Gi Chakhum for different types of recipes, specially Manipuri cuisine along with fusion and regional culinary delights.

Pushpita is an Economist, a freelance writer, a doting mother, a homemaker, a very helpful person and a food enthusiast. Thanks a lot Pushpita for inviting me to write a guest post for Makar Sankranti. Wishing you a blessed year ahead.

In west Bengal its known as Poush Sankranti/Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. We celebrate it in the last day of Bengali month Poush.

Making of pithe or puli is must in every Bengali home to celebrate this harvest festival. Rice flour, coconut or date palm jaggery or khajur gur are mainly used in these special kind of sweets.

Dudh puli is basically rice flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, khoya/mawa or dried milk and dry fruits and cooked in date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur and cardamom infused milk.

The stuffing is same as Gokul Pithe.

Puli or pithe in cardamom and Jaggery infused thick milk taste heavenly.

Now coming to the recipe.

We make this puli or pithe every year but never baked it. But Pushpita want the puli baked. So Pushpita here is a baked version of dudh puli for you 🙂

Recipe 



For rice dumplings 

Rice flour – 1 cup

Hot water – 1/2 cup

Salt – a small pinch

For stuffing 
Khoya or dried milk  – 2 cup grated or mashed

Coconut  – 1 cup grated

Date palm jaggery/khajur gur  – 1 cup grated

Dry fruits of your choice

For thick milk 


Milk – 6 cup

Date palm jaggery – 1/3 cup grated or broken into small pieces

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded almonds and dry fruits to sprinkle

Method 

Heat a pan and add khoya or dried milk. Saute for some time. Stir continuously. Add the grated coconut and date palm jaggery.

If you don’t have this jaggery use sugar. Add 3/4 cup and mix well. Keep stirring. When the jaggery or sugar melted taste it then add more if require.
Add dry fruits. I usually use cashew nuts and raisins. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.
Saute till the mixture dried up completely.

Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rice flour and hot water. Mix with a spoon. Then knead well with hand quickly. Make a smooth dough.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Let it boil on simmer 30 minutes.

Take small balls out of the dough and make it flat with your palm. Stuff little khoya/mawa or dried milk, coconut and jaggery mixture in the middle. Seal the edges to make it semi circle or a cylindrical shape. My mom used to make it small cylindrical shape so I like to make it in that way.

Stuff all the dumplings.

Now add cardamom powder to the milk. Mix and add the dumplings one by one in the boiling milk. Stir gently to avoid breaking the dumplings. Let it cook for 30 minutes more  on simmer or until you get your desired consistency.

Add the jaggery and mix well. Its ready.

Place the dumplings on a ovenproof tray. Pour the thick reduced milk on it. Sprinkle shredded almonds on it. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° on upper rack for 15 – 20 minutes or until the colour becomes light brown.

Serve hot. It will be soft before baking but becomes little hard when cool after baking. Reheat it to make soft again whenever you want to serve.
You can store it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days. Just microwave for 30 – 40 second before serving.

You can skip the baking if you like. Serve stuffed rice dumplings in flavoured thick milk. It will be delicious without baking too.

Happy Makar Sankranti in advance to everyone 🙂

Kesar Pista Sandesh 

Kesar pista sandesh. 

A very quick, easy and yummy sweet for the festival.

Wishing a very happy Independence day to every Indian. 

15th August is the day of rebirth for India. India gain it’s Independence from the rule of the British on 15th August 1947. So this date is celebrated as the Independence Day in India.

 This day is observed as a national holiday. Every year the celebration starts with the unfurling of the tricolour National flag by the Prime Minister of the nation. 

This week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #tricolour dish.


We are 10 food bloggers in our Foodiemonday bloghop team. This time my fellow bloggers decided to select one colour each from the tricolour. And I have chosen the colour white.

White colour signifies purity, spiritual, innocence, good, wholeness, fresh and completion. White is the colour of new beginnings.

Kesar/saffron pista/pistachio sandesh is very easy and quick to make. You don’t need long hours to prepare it. Very few ingredients and only 2 minutes. Interesting isn’t it 🙂

Its a type of bhapa/steamed sandesh. But I have made it in microwave. I have already shared two types of bhapa/steamed sandesh. Now one more Bengali delicacy for this special day.


Recipe 

Paneer/cottage cheese  – 1 cup crumbled 
Reduced milk  – 1/2 cup 
Sugar  – 1/2 cup or to taste 
Cardamom powder  – 1/2 teaspoon 
Cashew nuts  – 2 tablespoon blanched 
Pista/pistachios  – 2 teaspoon blanched 
Kesar/saffron  – a pinch 
Hot milk  – 1 tablespoon 

Method 
Soak the Kesar/saffron in hot water. 

Take fresh paneer/cottage cheese in a bowl. Crumble it with hand. Mix reduced milk and sugar in it. Add sugar according to your taste. Add less sugar, taste after mixing and add more if require. 

You can use condensed milk too instead of reduced milk. I have used homemade reduced milk. If you want to use condensed milk omit the sugar. Condensed milk has enough sweetness. 

After mixing taste and adjust the sugar. Now blend the mixture with all the ingredients in blender. Mixture should be thick and creamy.

 I have used cashew nuts but you can use blanched almonds too. If you feel its too thick you can add little milk in it. 

I have made it in silicone moulds. Grease the moulds with little ghee/clarified butter. Fill the moulds 3/4 with the mixture. Don’t try to fill up to rim it can spill during cooking. 

Place the moulds on the turntable of your microwave. Cook at high for 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes switch off the microwave and let them cool. 

If you don’t have moulds you can make it in a large microwavable container too. Slice before serving. Or steam it in a steamer or pressure cooker.

When cooled down refrigerate for 1 hour. Garnish with saffron and pistachios and serve chilled. Or keep the moulds in freezer and serve as yummy chilled ice-cream sandesh. 

Celebrate your festivals with this easy quick and yummy sandesh. 

Enjoy the heavenly taste 🙂