Happy bhai duj to every brother and sister. May success and joy be yours every day.
Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.
On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in bihar and central india. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a tika on the brother’s forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai duj signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts.
Source – Wikipedia
Presenting a yummy sweet recipe for this auspicious occasion.
Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it. You can make it with different flavours.
Get some more sandesh recipes here.
You don’t need much ingredients to make this sandesh. A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.
Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup
Milk powder – 1/2 cup
Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon
Sugar – 6 tablespoon
Cocoa powder – 3 teaspoon
Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon
White choco chips or pistachio to garnish
Mix paneer, milk powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder on a plate.
Get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.
Knead with your palm until smooth.
Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.
Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat.
Don’t overcook. It shouldn’t be too dry or crumbled.
Add vanilla essence and mix well.
Again knead it till smooth. I have used mixer grinder to make it smooth. Blend or knead with your palm again.
Make small balls.
Shape them with a mould and place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.
Or press the balls gently. Place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.
Serve soft delicious chocolate sandesh immediately or keep in refrigerator for later and serve chilled.
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