Rasgulla Or Rosogolla With Tips And Tricks

Rasgulla or rosogolla.
A popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup.

I love date palm jaggery or khajur gur rasgulla. In winter I usually make it with only date palm jaggery. But this time I have very little jaggery so I have used half gur or jaggery and half sugar to make gur/jaggery rasgulla. See the picture above.

Some of my readers asked for rasgulla recipe. Sorry for the delay. I have wanted to share detailed recipe with tricks and tips. This time I am at IIT Kanpur for few days. My son is a fourth year student here. Enjoying totally relaxing time and enjoying healthy and delicious food of hostel mess. Could not take pictures of every meal. But I wish I could share all food pictures with you.

Here is a picture of yesterday’s lunch platter. But roti, lassi and green chutney not included in the picture.

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So I am utilising this free time and drafting this post with all the tips and tricks of making rasgulla.

And do you know that you can make many dishes with rasgulla? Here is a picture of delicious baked rasgulla made of homemade spungy rasgulla.

You can get some of the recipes with rasgulla here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Baked rasgulla

Savoury rasgulla korma

Rasgulla kheer or pudding

Eggless rasgulla cupcake

Kheer Kadam

Making of rasgulla is little tricky. My rasgulla become perfect after few attempts.
Now here is a detailed recipe of rasgulla. If you follow it I am sure your rasgulla will be perfect at the first attempt.
Here are some tips to make perfect spungy rasgulla.

1. Always use cow milk to make chhena/paneer or cottage cheese for rasgulla. And milk should be full cream milk.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your fingers and heel of your palm for 4 – 5 minutes or until your palm becomes lightly greasy. You can blend it in your food processor or mixer grinder. Its for spungy rasgulla. If you like your rasgulla soft not spungy then mash only till the cottage cheese becomes smooth. No need to knead till greasy.

3. Use a large and broad pan to make rasgulla. Because these will be double when cooked.

4. There should be no moisture in cottage cheese. It will break in the sugar syrup if it not drained properly.

5. Syrup should be continuously rolling boil. Temperature should not be down.

6. Syrup should be enough thin. Keep one cup hot water handy to add in the middle of the cooking.

7. When the milk curdle immediately drain the whey from it. Over cooking makes the cottage cheese hard. If you use it to make rasgulla, your rasgulla will become hard.

8. Now last one. For perfect drained cottage cheese after squeezing well wrap the cottage cheese in a large clothe. Keep a weight on it and keep aside for 2 hours. No need to hang it for long hours. I have got this trick from Rita Ghosh. Thanks Rita Ghosh for this trick. It really works.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar or date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1 cup

Water – 5 cup

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. If you are making cottage cheese with curd then no need to wash much. Just deep in cold water to stop further cooking.

7. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.
Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate.

9. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy. Its for spungy rasgulla but if you like soft rasgulla, then you don’t need to mash or knead much. Just mash till the cottage cheese becomes smooth.

10. Make small balls. These will become double. I have made 7 rasgulla out of this cottage cheese.

11. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

12. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls.

13. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar or grated date palm jaggery or khajur gur and 4 cup water.

14. When sugar or date palm jaggery dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

15. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

16. Keep 1 cup hot water handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

1. If you want your rasgulla more sweet. Take out some syrup from rasgulla. Add some more sugar and boil for few minutes or till sugar dissolved completely. Add all the rasgulla with syrup in it and cover. When it starts to boil remove from heat. Cool again to serve.

2. Always use full cream cow milk to make rasgulla.

3. For spungy rasgulla mash the cottage cheese well with your finger tips and heel of your palm.

4. You can make it without any flavour or use flavour of your choice like cardamom powder, rose water etc.

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Baked Rasgulla

Baked rasgulla.
Rabdi soaked rasgulla covered with makha sandesh or date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh, condensed milk and malai or milk topping. These ingredients made this dessert heavenly.

Tasted this delicious baked rasgulla in kolkata. Attended a wedding reception event in my family. Lovely memorable days with family members. Missing those moments.
This baked rasgulla was one of the party dessert. Everyone loved it. Something different from regular baked rasgulla. Makha sandesh or gur sandesh was the key ingredient.
My brother in law Taposh Roy requested the caterer of that event for the recipe. And he happily share his recipe with us. Thanks to him and Taposh.

Earlier I made baked rasgulla with an easy method. Just layered a mixture of condensed milk, khoya or dried milk and little milk over the squeezed rasgulla and baked.

But this recipe is little different.
Tried the recipe after returning home. And enjoyed the heavenly taste again. Sharing is caring so sharing this awesome recipe with you all. Make it and enjoy the heavenly taste 😊

Recipe

Rasgulla – 8

Full cream milk – 4 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Homemade paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 heaped cup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 2 tablespoon or to taste, grated

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

Boil 4 cup full cream milk in a heavy bottom pan. Let the milk thickened on low flame. Add 3 tablespoon sugar and mix.

Don’t stir the milk frequently. We want the milk topping so just bring the milk topping or malai towards the sides with a spoon gently.

Don’t make the rabdi or thickened milk grainy or dry.
When the milk change it’s colour and thickened remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
Keep this thickened milk in refrigerator or under fan for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the milk topping or malai from it and keep aside.
My thickened milk or rabdi remains 1&1/4 cup after removing the milk topping. If your milk is too thick you can add little milk in it.

Squeeze rasgulla with your palm to remove the sugar syrup. Don’t worry it will swell again.

Heat the thickened milk or Rabdi.

Dip all the squeezed rasgulla in thickened milk or Rabdi. When it starts to boil switch off the flame. Soak them in thickened milk for 30 minutes. It will helps the rasgulla to soak thickened milk properly.

Now take the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash well with your palm.
I have made the paneer or cottage cheese out of 1/2 litter milk.
When the paneer becomes smooth add grated khajur gur or date palm jaggery. Mash again to make it smooth and little greasy.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the paneer on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes. Stir continuously. Switch off the heat.
Let the mixture cool down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mash it again until it becomes smooth. Mix condensed milk with it and keep aside.

In a baking tray arrange all the thickened milk soaked rasgulla. Layer the paneer or cottage cheese mixture over it evenly.
Now layer the milk topping or malai we have collected from thickened milk.

Garnish with chopped pistachio.

Place on the higher rack of your oven.
Grill for 6 – 8 minutes or until the top becomes brown.
Enjoy the delicious baked rasgulla warm or chilled.

Notes

1. You add use few drops of rose water with cardamom powder in thickened milk.

2. You can decrease the amount of jaggery and sugar if you like less sweetness.

3. You can use shredded almond for garnishing.

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Chhanar Jilipi Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Jalebi

Chhanar jilipi or paneer/cottage cheese jalebi. A sweet made of cottage cheese/paneer or chhena. Taste is almost similar to gulab jamun or pantua.
Get the pantua recipe here.

Posting after a long time. Last time participated in 124th Foodiemonday bloghop on 25th December. And now bloghop time again. This week’s 133rd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi on my platter.
Sharing a delicious sweet of Bengal, chhanar jilipi.

I never forget to taste this delicacy in my Kolkata visit. But now I don’t have to wait for Kolkata visit. Tried to make it at home. And believe me its very easy.

Now coming to the recipe. You need only few ingredients and homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese made of full cream milk to make this delicious dish.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup

Curd – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Refined flour or maida – 2 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron or kesar – few strands

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for deep frying

Chopped pistachio to garnish

 

Method

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil add 4 tablespoon curd. Stir the milk. It will be curdle. If require add 1 tablespoon curd more.

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. I have got 1 cup cottage cheese. You can use store bought crumbled cottage cheese or malai paneer. But better to use home made fresh cottage cheese.

Soak 2 tablespoon suji or semolina and few strands of Saffron in 3 tablespoon warm milk.

For sugar syrup mix sugar, water, 1 teaspoon cardamom powder and few strands of saffron in a pan and boil on low flame for 5 – 8 minutes or until the syrup becomes 1 string consistency.

Knead the paneer and make a lump free dough.

Add milk powder, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, maida or refined flour and soaked suji or semolina and saffron.

Knead till it becomes a smooth dough.
Make small balls out of the dough. I have made 18 small balls. You can make 15 – 16 bigger size balls.

Take a ball and make a long rope.
Now wind it like a coil.
Make all the balls like this.

Heat sufficient oil or ghee/clarified butter in a pan. Fry the jalebis on medium heat.

And dip them in the sugar syrup immediately.
Soak them in sugar syrup for 2 hours.

After 2 hours boil it again and let it soak for 1 hour more.

Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve hot or cold. It will be yummy in both ways.

Note

You can store these jalebi in refrigerator. Microwave before serving if you like hot paneer jalebi.

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Coconut Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery Or Narkol Sondesh 

Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only.  Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets.  I love the flavour of this jaggery.

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

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This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  

Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.

 

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Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.

Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


Grate the jaggery.

Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.

Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.

Cook on low flame, stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.

Don’t make it too dry.

Add cardamom powder.

Let the mixture cool down.

Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.

Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.

If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.

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Chocolate Sandesh 

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.

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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

 

 

Recipe


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

Method


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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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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