Coconut Pomegranate Sandesh Or Narkol Bedana Sondesh 


सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥

Meaning – 

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!

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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

Recipe 

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

Method 



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.

Add colour. 

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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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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Paan Sandesh Or Betel Leaf Flavoured Sandesh 

Paan sandesh or betel leaf flavoured sandesh. 

A very delicious paan or betel leaf flavoured Bengali sweet made of cottage cheese or paneer. You can get some more different flavoured sandesh recipes here. Click on the name for recipes. 

Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Sugar and date palm jaggery sandesh

Mango sandesh

Kesar pista sandesh

Chocolate coconut sandesh 

Cake sandesh

Watermelon sandesh

Paan betel leaf is a traditional mouth freshener and digestive aid in India. Its popular due to it’s medicinal properties.

From using it in prayers and religious ceremonies to eating it in the form of a ‘paan’, betel leaves contain many curative and healing health benefits. The leaves are full of vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene and are a great source of calcium. 

Betel leaf helps in treating diabetes, aids in weight loss, prevent oral cancer, heals wound, and cures headache.

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Personally I love sweet paan or mitha pan. Which has flavourful and delicious ingredients like saunf or fennel seeds, rose petal jam or gulkand, cardamom etc wrapped in a betel leaf.

So I have added this sweet paan flavour in these sandesh. 

I have used Gulkand, saunf or fennel seeds, betel leaves and cardamom in this sandesh. To make the taste similar to sweet paan or mitha paan. 

I have added a pinch of green colour in it but you can omit the colour. Your sandesh will be naturally light green colour for using betel leaves.

I have used fresh homemade paneer or cottage cheese. You can use store bought paneer in it, just crumble the paneer before using.



Recipe 



Paneer – 1 cup, tightly packed 

Paan leaves  – 2,  chopped 

Milk powder – 4 tablespoon 

Sugar – 4 tablespoon 

Gulkand – 2 tablespoon 

cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon 

Green food colour – little, optional



Method 



1. Blend or grind chopped betel leaves, fennel seeds or saunf, gulkand and sugar. 

2. Add crumbled paneer, milk powder and cardamom powder with betel leaves, fennel seeds, gulkand and sugar mixture. Blend or grind into a smooth paste. 

3. Take out the mixture in a plate. If you want to use colour add a pinch of powder food colour or 1-2 drop gel colour and mix well. 

4. Heat a pan. Cook the mixture on low flame. Stir continuously. 

5. When the mixture becomes a dough like consistency remove from the heat. Don’t make it too dry. 

Let it cool down. 

6. Grease the moulds with little ghee or clarified butter. 

7. Mash the mixture with your palm to make it smooth. 

8. Make small balls and make desired shape with greased moulds. Or you can keep them as a small round balls. Or give any shape with your hand. 

9. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

You can keep them in refrigerator for 4-5 days. 

Enjoy the paan flavoured yummy sandesh. 

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Mango Steamed Sandesh Or Aam Bhapa Sondesh 

Mango steamed sandesh or aam bhapa sondesh.

A delicious and easy to make sweet of Bengal.  Perfect dessert for this festive season.

Tomorrow is Raksha bandhan. Make it for your brother or brothers you can make it for your sisters too. Give her a treat and see her happy face 😊
You can get two more steamed sandesh recipes here.

Date palm jaggery steamed sandesh and
Orange steamed sandesh
Click on the name for recipe.

I have steamed it in my rice cooker.

You can make in pressure cooker in a covered stainless steel container. I have used fresh homemade cottage cheese or paneer. You can use store bought but knead and make it smooth first. Better use homemade.

Only four ingredients and you will get a yummy dessert. No more words. Coming to the recipe 😀


Recipe 


Cottage cheese or paneer – 1 cup

Mango – 1 cup, finely chopped or pureed

Sugar – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Method 


Heat a pan. Cook the mango on low flame till water evaporate completely. Stir continuously. Let it cool down.

Mix paneer, sugar and mash with your palm. Use the heel of your palm to make it smooth and soft.

Now add cooked mango and cardamom powder. Taste and add little more sugar if require. It depends on the sweetness of mangoes. Mash it again. Knead well.

You can use your mixer grinder to make it smooth quickly.

Grease a bowl or any stainless steel container.

Fill it with cottage cheese mixture. Level the top with a spoon. Cover the container. If you don’t have cover use aluminium foil to cover it tightly.

Steam for 20-25 minutes. If you are using pressure cooker remove the weight. Steam on medium to low heat.

You can also make it in microwave. Pour the mixture in a greased microwave proof bowl. Cover and microwave on high power for 6-7 minutes.

Let it cool down. When it comes to room temperature keep it in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Demould and garnish with shredded almond, pistachios, mango slices and saffron threads.

Cut into desired shape. Keep the sandesh in refrigerator. Serve chilled.

Happy cooking and happy Raksha bandhan in advance.

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

Kheer Kadam Guest Post By Rita Ghosh 


Kheer kadam. One of the most popular sweet of Bengal.

Its a guest post from Rita Ghosh. A wonderful cook. We met in facebook group and she always amazed me with her daily new food posts. I requested her for a guest post. And she gave me this yummy kheer kadam recipe. Thanks a lot Rita.
Kheer kadam is a very famous sweet of Bengal. Most probably the name kheer kadam or kheer kadamba  comes from kadamba flower. I love this but never tried. Always tasted it at  Kolkata or Delhi. My daughter brought it for me from CR Park, Delhi. But now she is not in Delhi and I have this recipe now 😀
Here is the recipe from Rita Ghosh. Small rasgulla covered with delicious flavourful khoya/mawa or dried milk.

Recipe 
Ingredients :

Small rasgullas – 10nos.

Mawa or khoya/dried milk  – 250gms

Castor sugar – 200gms

Green cardamom powder – 1/4tsp

Roasted poppy seeds – 50gms

Procedure:

Squeeze out the sugar syrup from all rasgullas.

Keep them aside

Take a bowl & add grated mawa,sugar,cardamom powder

Mix very well to make a dough like consistency.

Take a portion of mawa mixture & make a ball

Make a whole the centre of the ball.

Put a rasgulla in this whole.

Cover it & make a ball again.

Make all kheer Kadam like this.

Take some roasted poppy seeds in a plate.

Roll up all kheer Kadam in it.

Serve as a dessert.

Note –

You can add little saffron and rose essence in khoya/mava or dried milk mixture.

Watermelon Sandesh 


Watermelon sandesh.

Sandesh is a most popular and delicious dessert of Bengal made with chhena or cottage cheese and sugar or date palm jaggery. 

Sandesh can be made with different flavours. Today I am sharing a very easy recipe with watermelon. Its watermelon season so one more experiment with watermelon 😀

 And if you like watermelon, you will love the taste. 

I have made it very lightly sweet taste with only 4 tablespoon sugar. But you can add one more tablespoon if you like. 

Our this week’s 90th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #cheese. This time our fellow blogger Mayuri Patel suggested this theme. Go with any cheese and I have selected cottage cheese. 

You can get some more sandesh recipes here.
Sandesh
Mango sandesh
Keshar pista sandesh
Chocolate coconut sandesh;
Cake sandesh

Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur 

Orange flavoured steamed sandesh
Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh 

I have some moulds.

 Now got some more beautiful mouds from my sister in-law Sandhya Gupta. Thank you so much Sandhya 😊

If you don’t have moulds you can roll it like small balls and make laddu shaped sandesh. 

Coming to the recipe of soft textured delicious watermelon sandesh. 

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup 

Sugar – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon 

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon 

Chopped seedless watermelon – 1/2 cup

Method 


Grind fresh homemade chhena/paneer or cottage cheese, sugar, watermelon pieces, cornflour and milk powder. Make a smooth paste. 

Use full cream milk to make chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. If you have low fat cottage cheese add 1 – 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter. 

Heat a heavy bottom or nonstick pan.

Add the ground mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously. 

When the mixture becomes dough like consistency and leave the sides switch off the flame. I didn’t used cardamom or any flavour to retain the watermelon falavour. You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder if you like. 

Let it cool down. 

Knead well with your palm to make it smooth. 

Make small balls and give shape with any type of moulds. Or if you can roll it with rolling pin use cookie cutters to give shape. Or you can use your chocolate moulds too. 

Keep the sandesh in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. 

Enjoy………