Sugar Free Date Sandesh

Sugar free date sandesh.
A delicious sweet sweetened with dates. No sugar or artificial sweetener added.
But I repeat diabetic people should take only one piece in a day not too much. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.

Diabetes usually means a big “NO” to sugar intake. But how far is this true?

Most studies show that it is not.

Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the recent times. Although diabetics are not required to abstain from sugar entirely, they are advised to limit its intake.
So, what do you do when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Eat dates, of course!
Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.
In fact, they are extremely healthy – packed with an array of vital nutrients.
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You can get some more sugar free sweet recipe here.

Sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

Coconut raisins almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda or dried milk date and coconut peda

Sugar free pineapple sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy. You need only few ingredients to make it. Just blend everything and cook. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. You can also use store bought.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped

Cardamom powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Hot water – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak chopped dates in 1/4 cup hot water.

2. When it cool down, blend with the water used to soak. Make a smooth paste.

3. Add Crumbled cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or milk solid in the blender. Blend again.

4. Heat a non stick or heavy bottom pan. Add date, cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid mixture in it.

5. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

7. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

8. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls and shape with a mould. If you don’t have mould then you can make ball shaped laddu with it.

Serve or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.
You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious guilt free sandesh.

Notes –

1. You can make it with only cottage cheese or only khoya or milk solid if you want.

2. You can give any shape of your choice.

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Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
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So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

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

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

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

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

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

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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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 simmer the 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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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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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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