Carrot Or Gajar Sandesh

Carrot sandesh.
Carrot flavoured sweet with all the goodness of carrot, paneer or cottage cheese and evaporated/dried milk or khoya/mawa.

Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশ Shôndesh Hindi: संदेश) is a dessert, originating from the Bengal region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena or paneer(which is made by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it) instead of milk itself. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it pranahara (literally, heart ‘stealer’) which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.

Source – Wikipedia

One more recipe to celebrate world carrot day. I have already shared delicious Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake.

You can get some more carrot recipe links in the above post.

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Generations of parents have told their children: “Eat your carrots, they are good for you,” or “Carrots will help you see in the dark.”
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
To read more about carrot click here.

Here is a delicious sweet Carrot sandesh. Already shared different flavoured sandesh on this blog.

1. Sugar free date sandesh

2. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

3. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

4. Chocolate sandesh

5. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

6. Paan sandesh or betel leaf sandesh

7. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

8. Mango steamed sandesh

9. Watermelon sandesh

10. Cake sandesh

11. Chocolate coconut sandesh

12. Kesar pista sandesh

13. Mango sandesh

14. Sandesh

15. Steamed sandesh

16. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Today I have noticed that I didn’t share carrot flavoured sandesh yet. And its Word Carrot Day today. So after carrot cake here is a delicious carrot flavoured sweet carrot sandesh or gajar sandesh or gajorer sondesh.

Very easy to make and delicious. I have paneer or cottage cheese and khoya/mawa or dried milk ready so quickly made it and everyone enjoyed the heavenly taste.
I have used only 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter but if you like you can use 1- 2 teaspoon more ghee or unsalted butter.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Grind the grated carrot. Don’t add water. We don’t want smooth paste, just grind to make coarse paste.

2. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk and sugar in your mixer grinder or blender to make smooth. I have used homemade soft paneer. Get the method of making paneer and khoya here.

3. Heat ghee or unsalted butter in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. I have used only 1 teaspoon but if you want you can use 1 – 2 teaspoon more.

4. Add ground carrot and fry for a minute. Add milk and let it boil.
Reduce the heat and cook on simmer. Keep stirring.

5. When the carrot will be about to dried up add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix and cook till dried up completely.

6. Add blended paneer, khoya and sugar mixture.

7. Mix and cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

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

9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

10. Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down.

11. Knead the mixture well to make it smooth.

12. Make small balls. I have made 20 balls.

13. Shape the balls with a mould. I have used this mould.

14. But if you don’t have mould then you can spread the mixture in a greased plate. Let it set for 15 – 30 minutes. Cut in your desired shape.

15. Serve in room temperature or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can store it in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Note
If you want more carrot flavour add 2 cup grated carrot. Also increase the amount of ghee or unsalted butter.

 

Check out some more carrot recipes shared by my fellow bloggers

Carrot soup by Naina

Carrot cake by Shobha

Carrot orange granita by Archana

Carrot tagine by Melanie

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Nolen Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery Coconut Barfi

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur coconut barfi.
A delicious and easy to make sweet made with khoya/mawa or dried milk, fresh grated coconut and date palm jaggery or khajur gur or nolen gur. Aroma of nolen gur makes the sweet mouthwatering.

Texture of this perfectly sweet barfi is grainy just like kalakand. Texture and aroma makes the taste devine.
We get nolen gur in winter only. And the taste and flavour of this jaggery is amazing. Why not try some more recipes with khajur gur. Try out the recipes below. Click on the name for detailed recipe.

1. Date palm jaggery rice pudding or kheer

2. Nolen gur narkol or coconut sandesh

3. Baked dudh puli

4. Gokul pithe

5. Sandesh

6. Steamed Sandesh

7. Jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

9. Moong dal bhaja pithe

Recipe is very easy and simple. Just cook everything till dry and then set in a greased tray or plate. I loved it’s grainy texture just like kalakand.
If you want the texture smooth then you can blend coconut and khoya or dried milk in a blender or food processor. I didn’t.

Recipe

Coconut – 1, grated

Milk – 2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 2 cup, tightly packed, get the khoya recipe here

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 3/4 cup, grated

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside.

2. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan.

3. When it starts to boil add grated coconut. Mix well.

4. Cook on low heat till the mixture about to dried up.

5. Now add khoya or dried milk. Mix well. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes.

6. Add grated jaggery and stir. Cook till the mixture dried up and come together. Mixture should be becomes like a dough. Add cardamom powder and mix.

7. Pour the mixture into the greased plate. Level with a spoon or your hand.

8. Sprinkle pistachio over it. Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

9. Cut in your desired shape. Serve as a sweet dish or keep in refrigerator for later. You can keep these in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. If you want your barfi texture smooth blend coconut and khoya or dried milk in a blender or food processor before cooking.
2. Sugar can be used instead of date palm jaggery or khajur gur.

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Paneer Gajar Halwa Or Cottage Cheese Carrot Pudding

Gajar halwa or carrot pudding with paneer or cottage cheese.
In winter we make gajar halwa or carrot pudding frequently. For gajar halwa we simmer grated carrot with milk till milk thickened and dried up. At the end ghee, dry fruits, khoya will be added with sugar.
But now here is a gajar halwa with little change. I have added paneer or cottage cheese in the halwa with khoya or dried milk. And taste is much better. Try it for a change. I am sure you will love the taste.
I have already shared Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa.

No its not sugar free. Dry fruits, sugar, cardamom, khoya or dried milk and paneer made this halwa mouthwatering.

Recipe

Carrot – 500 gram

Milk – 5 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup, grated or crumbled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Soaked and peeled almond and pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Peel and rinse the carrot. Cut the both ends.

2. Grate in a food processor or manual grater.

3. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan or wok.

4. When milk starts to boil add the grated carrot. Stir well.

5. Cook on simmer and stir constantly to avoid burning at the bottom.

6. When the milk about to dried up add sugar.
Mix and cook on simmer till the milk evaporated.

7. Now add ghee/clarified butter, khoya or dried milk/milk solid, paneer or cottage cheese, cardamom powder, raisins, sliced almond and sliced cashew nuts. I have used homemade khoya and paneer. Get the recipe here.

8. Mix and cook till the mixture dried up completely. Stir constantly.

9. Your halwa is ready. Garnish with pistachio and peeled almond. You can also garnish with fried cashew nuts and raisins.

10. Serve warm or in room temperature. Or you can serve it with vanilla ice cream.
You can keep it in refrigerator for 7 – 8 days. Microwave before serving.
Happy cooking.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon more ghee if you want.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

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Semolina Cake / Suji Cake / Rawa Cake

Suji/rawa or semolina cake.
A cake with all the ingredients we use on sankranti. Loaded with dry fruits, mawa, til or sesame seeds, coconut and flavoured with cardamom and caramel. In Bengal we use khoya/mawa or dried milk, sesame seeds, coconut and dry fruits to make sankranti delicacies. Usually we make a stuffing for our puli pithe with these ingredients. And we use khajur gur or date palm jaggery in this stuffing. I have very little date palm jaggery in my pantry this time so didn’t use jaggery in the cake but drizzled little jaggery syrup on the cake. And it enhanced the flavour and taste. But if you don’t have date palm jaggery then you can skip it.
I have made it with suji or semolina but you can use any flour of your choice.

In dry fruits I have used 2 heaped tablespoon each chopped cashew, raisins, almond, walnut, tutti fruity, candied cherry, you can use any dry fruits of your choice. Make small pieces and use 3/4 – 1 cup mixed dry fruits. I have used my blender to mix sugar with all the other ingredients. So normal granulated sugar is perfectly fine, no need of powdered sugar.

I have made it two times. First one in round cake pan. Used refined flour or maida with semolina. Sprinkle til/sesame seeds and tutti fruity over the cake. Look at the crumb. Cake taste amazing.

And second time used my bundt pan. Used whole wheat flour or atta instead of refined flour. Sprinkled sesame seeds and tutti fruity in the greased and flour dusted bundt pan and poured the batter over it. You can also make upside down cake in a round cake pan this way.

Last week in our bloghop group we were discussing about festival recipes. Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes asked why not cake? So here is super yummy cake for festive season. Thanks Priya for the suggestion.

Sending this post to 179 #Foodiemonday bloghop #foodmagbest theme. This week Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian suggested the theme.

Do visit her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

I have decided to skip this week because Seema suggested that post a recipe which we will love to see on food magazine cover. My all the pictures are clicked by phone. The pictures are simple and mostly unedited. And which is my best recipe? Let’s decide it my readers. But my fellow bloggers and bloghop members said don’t skip and don’t think about cover, just post your recipe. Thanks friends. So here is a delicious and festive cake recipe for my readers with the pictures without any editing. Pictures are simple but taste of this cake is awesome. I am sure you will love the taste.

Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1 cup

Flour – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup

Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Caramel essence – 1 teaspoon, optional

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Walnut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Tutti fruity – 2 tablespoon

Candied cherry – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Or

Chopped mixed dry fruits – 3/4 – 1 cup

Sesame seeds and tutti fruity to sprinkle

For jaggery syrup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a cake pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment paper.

2. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

3. Chop the raisins into half and mix with all the chopped dry fruits and 1 tablespoon flour.

4. In a blender blend mawa or dried milk, yoghurt, sugar, suji or semolina, milk, cardamom powder, dessicated coconut and oil. You can use your hand blender to blend. I have used soft homemade mawa. Get the mawa or dried milk recipe here.

5. Blend everything well.

Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add flour and mix well. Make a lump free batter and keep aside for 30 minutes.

6. Now add baking powder and soda. Mix well.
Fold in the dry fruits.

7. If you are using a round cake pan pour the mixture into the pan. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

8. Sprinkle some sesame seeds or til. But this step is optional, you can skip it if you like.
Sprinkle tutti fruity over it.

9. Or you can make upside down cake. And if you are using bundt pan sprinkle sesame seeds and tutti fruity in greased and flour dusted bundt pan.

10. Pour the batter over it. Tap the pan 3-4 times.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool down.

12. In a pan heat date palm jaggery and +1 tablespoon water. Boil till jaggery dissolve completely. Let it cool down.

13. Turn out the cake into a plate.

14. Drizzle with date palm jaggery syrup.
Slice and enjoy the heavenly taste.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Jaggery syrup is optional. Cake also taste great without it.
2. You can use any flour of your choice with suji or semolina. Like whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida or you can also use any gluten free flour.
3. Cake can be made with any flour instead of suji or semolina.
4. Sugar will be mixed with other ingredients in blender so normal granulated sugar can be used.

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Kheer Komola Or Orange Kheer / Pudding

Kheer komola or orange kheer or pudding.
Kheer komola is a famous dessert of Bengal. Made with thickened milk and orange segment.
But I have made some changes and very happy with the taste. Mixed cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in thickened milk before adding orange segment. Khoya and paneer enhance the taste. Try out this heavenly dessert on this orange season.

You may like some more orange recipes on my blog.

Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

Orange crinkle cookies

Orange muffins with chocolate inside

Orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Frozen cooler

Iced green tea with orange

Papaya orange smoothie

Beetroot orange apple smoothie

Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

Mixed fruit smoothie

Green smoothie

Sending this post to 176 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is fruits and flowers. This week Priya Iyer who blog at The word through my eyes suggested this theme. Check out her blog for the mouthwatering recipes.

We have to use any fruit or edible flower in our recipe. Interesting isn’t it? Thanks Priya, loved the theme. I am sharing this delicious kheer komola or orange kheer with orange and saffron.

Usually kheer komola made with thickened milk but I have used cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or dried milk in it. Few days ago saw a post from Rita Ghosh. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you can remember her. Rita gave two awesome recipes as guest post on this blog.
Kasundi

Kheer kadam.

In a phone call she mentioned that she used khoya, paneer and milk powder in kheer komola. And for more orange flavour added thickened orange juice at the end. Loved her idea and tried. Taste is really amazing. I have skipped milk powder and orange juice. But used khoya paneer both. But if you want you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk powder. In that case reduce the amount of sugar. Now I will always add these two ingredients in kheer komola or orange pudding. Thanks Rita Ghosh for the recipe idea.

Recipe

Milk – 7 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Orange – 3

Saffron – a pinch

Khoya or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil, add saffron and reduce the heat.

2. Simmer till the milk changes it’s colour and becomes thick. Stir occasionally.

3. Add sugar and mix well.
Now add mashed khoya or dried milk and mix. Mixture will become thick.

4. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Get the khoya and paneer recipes here.

5. Switch off the heat and let the milk cool down.

6. Add mashed paneer or cottage cheese and mix well.

7. Again cook on low heat. Don’t increase the heat. When milk starts to boil remove from heat and keep aside.

8. Peel the oranges. Take out the orange segment by removing outer transparent skin. Remove the seeds.

9. When the milk completely cool down add the orange segments. If you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or orange essence or thickened orange juice. See notes for how to add orange juice.

10. Garnish with chopped pistachio. Serve room temperature or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, raisins, almond or any dry fruits can be added in it.
2. After adding cottage cheese or paneer don’t increase the heat. Cook on low flame.
3. You can use one more orange if you want.
4. If you want to add orange juice as Rita Ghosh mentioned, cook the orange juice to thickened and add at the end.

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Khoa Or Dried Milk And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Easy Method

In many of my recipes I have mentioned about khoya or dried milk and paneer/cottage cheese or chhena. Today I am sharing easy method to make both khoya and chhena. I will try to add step by step picture later.

Khoya or dried milk

2 litter milk

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan.

2. Let the milk cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

3. Scrape the sides to avoid burning.

4. Milk will be changed into a thick mass. Like this 👇

5. It can take 2 to 2:30 hours.

6. After reducing I have got 1 and 1/2 cup tightly packed khoya/mawa or dried milk from 2 litter milk.

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4

tablespoon or as require

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.

3. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

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. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

7. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Now paneer or cottage cheese will be look like this 👇

9. This cottage cheese can be use to make curry, stuffing for paratha, cutlets or make different kinds of sweets.

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