सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।
शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥
Oh Goddess, who is the giver of all good things, who is peaceful, who is the giver of all wealth, who is the giver of refuge, who has three eyes and who is the Shining One. Salutations to You, Narayani!
Wishing you all happy Durga Puja. May Goddess Durga bless you with happiness all the year through.
Today is Maha Ashtami.
Maha Ashtami or Durga Ashtami is one of the most auspicious days of Durga Puja. Ashtami is known as Durgotsava marks the victory of good over evil. According to Hindu mythology Goddess Durga defeated evil demon Mahishasura and since then this festival is celebrated. And this day is also known for Astra Puja or worshiping weapons. In Bengal Durga Puja is celebrated from sixth day to tenth day of Navratri.
I have promised to share some sweets for this festive season. Today sharing coconut pomegranate sandesh. A delicious and soft dessert to celebrate this festival. I am sure even you don’t get this sandesh flavour in Kolkata sweet shops. If you find this flavour please let me know the name of the shop, I would love to try in my next Kolkata visit.
You can get some more sandesh recipes here.
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup
Pomegranate seeds 1/4 cup
Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped
Sugar – 3 tablespoon
Milk powder – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Rose water – 1/4 teaspoon
Red food colour – little, optional
Clean and wash the mould, pat dry and grease with little ghee or butter.
Blend or grind the pomegranate for two pulse and strain the juice. You can use your juicer but its the easiest way.
Blend the pomegranate juice and coconut till smooth.
Now add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, sugar, milk powder, cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Blend till smooth.
Take out the mixture in a nonstick pan and cook on low heat. Stir continuously. Cook until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Remove from heat.
Let it cool down.
Knead the dough to make it smooth. I have blend it again to make it quickly. Blend or grind it again till smooth.
Make small balls and shape them with a mould. Or if you don’t have moulds make small round balls. If you feel it sticky grease your palm with little ghee or clarified butter.
Serve or keep in refrigerator for later.
You can store these sandesh in refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Enjoy chilled delicious coconut pomegranate sandesh 😊
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