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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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………