Category Archives: Bangladeshi Sweets / Mishti

Shahi Tukra / শাহী টুকরা ( With simple ingredients)

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I always get many requests to give easy dessert recipes using easily available and affordable ingredients . So here you go with my Shahi Tukra recipe , without any cream, condensed milk , evaporated milk or even powder milk . Very easy recipe yet so gorgeous!!

Ingredients:

7 pieces of white bread ( it’s better to have stale bread)
1 1/2 liter full cream liquid milk
1/2 – 3/4 th cup sugar ( according to taste)
3 small green cardamom, 1 small stick of cinnamon
Oil+ 1 tbl spoon Ghee ( for deep frying)
Rose water
Nuts and raisins for garnishing

Procedure:

1. Put milk in a deep bottomed pot , add cinnamon, cardamom in it and bring it to boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce flame to low and allow to simmer stirring occasionally .Every 4 to 5 minutes, mix the malai/ shor (top of milk) that forms on the top and towards the sides of the vessel into the milk. Continue to do this until the milk is reduced to half of the original quantity. Add the sugar and now stir it frequently.

2.Remove the crust edges from the bread and cut into any shape of your choice , rectangular, square , circle , triangle or even round .

3. The same time heat oil and add one or two tbl spoon of ghee into the oil . That would make the shahi tukra smell like fried in ghee . Deep-fry the bread slices until dark golden and crispy . The color should not be light as the color gets lighter if soaked in milk.

4. Now immediately put the fried breads into the milk . Remove the breads from the milk after 40 second to 1 minute or until little soft . the breads should be soft but firm . If it is too soft , it will break apart and will get mushy after final pouring of the rabri over it . so just a little while to get the breads little soft and soaked completely .
Arrange the soaked bread pieces on to the serving dish .

5. Thicken the milk a little more until it looks like cream . But don’t thicken it too much as it gets thicker after cooling down . Cool a little bit . Pour the rabri over the fried bread pieces and garnish it with nuts and raisins .

শাহী টুকরা

উপকরন:
৭ পিস পাউরুটি ( বাসি বা দু এক দিনের পুরনো হলে ভাল)
১ ১/২(দের লিটার) ফুল ক্রিম দুধ
১/২ থেকে ৩/৪ কাপ চিনি (স্বাদ অনুযায়ী)
৩ তা ছোট এলাচ ,ছোট এক্টা দারুচিনি
তেল + ১ টেবিল চামচ ঘি, ভাজার জন্য
গোলাপ জল
বাদাম আর কিশমিশ (সাজানর জন্য )

১।একটা বড় গলার হাড়ি তে দুধ , ছোট এলাচ , দারুচিনি দিয়ে মৃদু আচে জাল দিতে থাকুন ।
মাঝে মাঝে নাড়িয়ে দিন যাতে নীচে পোড়া না লাগে। তবে খুব বেশি ঘন ঘন নাড়বার দরকার নেই । কিছুক্ষণ পরে দুধের চারপাশে এবং উপরে সর এর মতো পরবে। চারপাশ র উপরের সর দুধের মধ্যে হাল্কা ভাবে মিশিয়ে দিতে হবে।
এভাবে দুধ যখন অর্ধেক হয়ে আসবে তখন চিনি মিশিয়ে নিন ।চিনি মিশানোর পর ঘন ঘন নাড়তে হবে নইলে নিচে পোড়া লাগবে ।

২।পাউরুটির চারপাশের শক্ত অংশ টুকু কেটে ফেলুন। পাউরুটি গুলো তিন কোনা বা আড়াআড়ি ভাবে অর্ধেক করে নিন ।

৩। তেল এর সাথে ১ টেবল চামচ ঘি দিয়ে গরম করুন । পাউরুটি গুলো ডুবো তেল এ সোনালি বা একটু লালচে করে ভেজে নিন।

৪।ভাজা রুটির টুকরো গুলো অর্ধেক হয়ে আসা দুধের মধ্যে দিন। একটু রেখে সার্ভিং ডিসে রুটি গুলো সাজিয়ে রাখুন। রুটি গুলো ১ মিনিট দুধে রাখলেই নরম হয়ে যাবে।

৫। দুধ টা কে আরো কিছুক্ষণ জ্বাল দিয়ে ঘন ক্রিম এর মত করে ফেলুন।একদম ঘন থকথকে করা যাবে না , কারন এই রাবড়ি টা ঠান্ডা হলে আরো ঘন হয়ে যাবে। একটু ঠান্ডা করে রুটির উপর ঢেলে দিন। গোলাপ জল ছিটিয়ে দিন।
বাদাম কুচি দিয়ে সাজিয়ে ঠান্ডা পরিবেশন করুন।

Roshugolla and Gulabjamun Stuffed Bhapa Doi ( steamed sweet yogurt)

2015-03-18

As I told before , I do possess a very “Fertile Brain” ( according to my hubby) full of ideas . My friends were supposed to come at my place for dinner and I was thinking of making something quick but innovative . Suddenly the idea struck my mind and here you go with my sweet stuffed steamed sweet yogurt , though I baked it . Yes, you can make yogurt the same way in no more than 40 minutes . :)

Ingredients:

1 cup strained plain yogurt ( unsweetened)
1 cup evaporated milk or very thick milk
1 or 3/4th of a can of condensed milk ( according to taste)
Sweets like roshogolla and gulabjamun
Chopped nuts

Procedure:

1. Whisk the yogurt and mix evaporated milk and condensed milk with it .

2. Pour onto the baking dish and add chopped nuts and sweets . Push the sweet downwards so that they remain inside the mixture .

3. Take a tray full of water and place the baking dish over it . Now place it in the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes . After cooling down refrigerate it for 3/4 hours to set completely . :)

Serve chilled!!!

মিষ্টি ভরা ভাপা দই ঃ
১ কাপ টক দই (পানি ঝরানো)
১ কাপ ইভাপোরেটেড মিল্ক বা খুব ঘন দুধ (কুসুম গরম বা ঘরের তাপমাত্রার)
১টা বা ৩/৪ ভাগ টিন কন্ডেন্সেড মিল্ক
মিষ্টি, রসগোল্লা/লালমোহন
বাদাম কুচি
প্রনালীঃ
১।দই ফেটে নিয়ে তাতে দুধ এবং কন্ডেন্সেড মিল্ক মিশিয়ে নিতে হবে।
২। পরিবেশন এর জন্য রাখা পাত্রে ঢেলে বাদাম কুচি মিষ্টি দিয়ে দিতে হবে।
৩।অভেন এ ৩৫০ ডিগ্রি ফারেন্হাইটে ৪০ মিনিট বেক করে নিয়ে ফ্রিজে রেখে দিয়ে ঠান্ডা পরিবেশন করতে হবে ।
বেক করার সময় দই এর পাত্রের নিচে এক্টা ট্রে তে পানি দিয়ে বেক করতে হবে। চাইলে পুডিং এর মত ভাপ দিয়ে করা যায়।

Rava Laddu ( semolina laddu)

2015-03-06

Ingredients :

1 cup sooji or semolina
3/4 th cup sugar ( powdered)
3/4 th cup desiccated coconut
1/3 rd cup melted ghee
1/4 th cup thick milk
1/4 th cup water
1/2 tea spoon cardamom ( elach) powder
1/2 tea spoon saffron or a tiny pinch of food color
Almond / pistachio / raisins , fried in ghee

Procedure :

1. Soak saffron in 1/4 th cup of warm milk . If you don’t have saffron , replace with tiny pinch of food color .

2. Dry roast the sooji/ semolina/ rava in a pan until fragrant and lightly brown . Don’t make it brown . Add the coconut and roast a little together.

3. Add the sugar . Add the melted ghee and mix well . The sooji will look moist due to ghee . You can add the dried fruits at this point .

4. Now the important part add the milk first . Let the sooji absorb the milk . It will look just little moist . Now add the water slowly . Don’t add too much water like halwa , you may not be able to get the correct texture . You have to add the liquid slowly to mix it with sooji evenly .

5. Apply some ghee on your palm and shape them into laddus .

Enjoy !!

Carrot-Kalakand Laddu

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Divine!!! Delightful!!Decadent!!! My husband would go on adding some few more adjectives for this luscious laddu for sure !! It was my 9th marriage anniversary and wanted to make a dessert for the hubby dear using carrot, his favorite . Suddenly something popped into my brain and here comes the end result !!

This laddu is a combination of two desserts , carrot halwa and kalakand . But trust me , they are not at all difficult to make .

For the Carrot halwa:

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cup of shredded carrot
1/4 th cup sugar
2 tbl spoon ghee
1/3 rd cup of condensed milk
Little orange food color ( optional , if your carrot gets light colored while cooking)

Don’t use any “garam masala” like cardamom, cinnamon . Trust me they ruin the taste of halwa . Keep it simple , you will find the taste better .

Procedure:

1. Peel and finely grate the carrots . Now mix with sugar . Put them in a pan , preferably non-stick one , cover with the lid tightly and cook on low flame until the water from sugar and carrots dries out . As the pan is covered by the lid , the steam created inside will cook the carrot soon . Check after five minutes . Stir so that the carrot must not get burnt . Keep it like this another 2 minutes . This method helps to retain the color of the carrot and sugar enhances the color a lot . Make sure the stove is on low flame . If you find your carrots need some little more time to get done , take your time but stir occasionally .

2. Add ghee and mix well . Now pour the condensed milk and keep stirring until the liquid dries out and halwa pulls away from the sides of the pan. Turn off the stove and let it cool a bit .

In the mean time start making your kalakand;

Ingredients for kalakand:

For Chaana/ chesse

1. Milk 1 ltr / 4 cups

2. Lemon Juice 1 and half table spoon

Other Ingredients:

1. Ghee/clarified butter 2 tbl spoon

2. Powder Milk 4/5 tbl spoon

3. Condensed Milk a little more than half Tin

4. Cardamom Powder/ Elach guro half teaspoon

Cooking Method:

1. Heat the milk and bring it to a boil stirring occasionally so that the milk should not get burnt on the bottom. Then add the lemon juice and stir until the greenish water is seen, i.e, the whey is separated and the milk curdled.

2. Now remove almost all the whey/ water from the cheese , taking a little amount of it . If you strain all the whey no prob at all. :)

3. Continue to cook the Chaana on the stove on medium low heat. Add ghee, cardamom powder and sweetened condensed milk. Keep stirring. It will get thicker and will form water less lump. Remember Kalakand should have that crumbly texture.Add the powder milk and cook for last 1 minute . let it cool a bit too .

Making the laddu:

Now mix the kalakand with carrot halwa and shape into the size of laddus .

Enjoy !!

Boondi Laddu

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This is the easiest and fail proof way to make boondi laddu . :)

Ingredients :

For Batter:

1 cup besan/ Benglam gram flour , sifted
3/4th cup -1 cup water ( room temperature), depending on the quality of besan . I took 3/4th cup+2 tbl spoon
1/4 th teaspoon baking soda
1/4 th tea spoon baking powder
Little food color
Little salt

For Sugar Syrup :

1 cup Sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 ( half) tbl spoon lemon juice ( prevents crystalization) , don’t skip this part
2 green cardamom and a small stick of cinnamon
1 tea spoon ghee ( add at the end)

Other:

After frying all the boondies take 1/2 cup of boondies from it and coarsly grind it . We need 1/3 rd cup of it , but if needed we can use the whole amount . It would help to bind the laddus .

Procedure:

1. Heat oil in a karahi on medium flame . Boondis need to be deep fried . In the mean time , start making the sugar syrup with the ingredients mentioned . The sugar syrup must me medium thick . It must not be thin . It must be like that , when you touch the syrup with finger , your finger sticks. But don’t make it too thick that it crystallizes . The syrup is very important for the boondia . If it’s thin , your boondis will be soggy and if your syrup is too thick the boondies will not absorb the syrup .

2. Sift the gram flour or besan . Make batter with the ingredients mentioned for batter . Add water little by little , so that there is no lump . Don’t add extra 1 or 2 tbl spoon of water unless needed . The batter should be medium thick . It must not be thin or else you won’t have the perfect shape . And if you make it too thick , it won’t pour into the oil through the strainer or spoon . It should be just like the cake batter . Now if you wish you can divide the batter into two or three bowl and add different colors to have colorful boondi laddu .

3. When the oil is ready to fry , hold the strainer just 2 inches above the hot oil . If you hold it above this height you won’t get the perfect round boondis . Hold it as near as possible to the oil . Now pour a little amount of batter onto the strainer or perforated ladle with a spoon and from the back of the spoon press a little . You will see small balls r dropping in to the oil . It should fall with intervals , then the perfect round shape will come . But if it falls like a line , you won’t have the shape . So little amount of batter one at a time . Must not be thin and press the batter with spoon once at a time gently . Don’t press it too hard , then too much will be poured in the oil ruining the shape . always put little batter on the spoon or strainer otherwise you won’t get the shape . After the first gentle press with the spoon , don’t press any more , rather give small strokes with the spoon on the strainer without touching the batter over it . :)

4. Fry the boondis until little crispy . Not too much , but yet crispy . remove them from the oil with another spoon . From this fried boondies , keep asise 1/2 cup of it and coarsly crush them into a grinder . Take 1/3 rd cup of powdered boondi and keep that side . you can store the remaining crushed boondies , if remain .

5.Put the remaining boondis in the hot sugar syrup until they get soft . Remember the syrup should be boiling hot . when you put the boondis into the syrup , the stove must be turned off , but after adding the boondi turn on the stove and cook the boondis at very low flame for at least 5/6 minutes until the boondis absorbed almost all the syrup and turned very soft .

6. Now add the caorsley grinded 1/3 rd cup of boondis into the boondies in syrup . mix well . Transfer them into a large serving dish . It should look like this;
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7. Grease your hands with little ghee and start shaping the laddus while they are hot . If you wish , you can add dried nuts ( fried in ghee) or khoya ( maowa) .

Enjoy !!!

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Balushai

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Bangladeshi style balushai is one of the dry sweets I am crazy for !! The reason I’m saying Bangladeshi style , because though this sweet is common in every country of the subcontinent , Bangladeshi version is little different as nutmeg flovred maowa/ khoya is stuffed inside the sweet, making it more flavorful.

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
4 tbl spoon melted ghee
3-4 tbl spoon yogurt ( start with 3 tbl spoon), cold
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of salt

For the sugar syrup :

1 cup sugar
3/4 th cup water
1/2 tea spoon lemon juice ( prevents crystalization of sugar)
2 cardamoms , 1 little stick of cinnamon

For stuffing

khoya/ maowa
1/4 th tea spoon nutmeg

Other ingredients:

Oil for deep frying

Procedure:

1. Make a dough with the ingredients mentioned above . It will be a flaky , little tight dough . Don’t try to make it sost . Just everything should be come together . Not dry but not soft either . If you think the ingredients are not coming together , you may add little yogurt . But control youself adding too much yogurt to make it a soft dough . The dough need to be little hard .
Don’t knead the dough like bread .

2. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes .

3. In the mean time heat the oil for deep frying in medium low flame , prepare sugar syrup and the khoya. If you dont have khoya , make it with powder milk .
For that take half a cup of powder milk , add 2 tbl spoon ghee and 1/3 rd cup liquid milk/ heavy cream . Now microwave it for first 30 seconds and stir , microave again for 30 seconds . Check and stir like so , so that the khoya must not get burnt . The liquid will dry out a little , don’t try to dry out completely as it may make the khoya burnt . just when little wet , is perfect . It will solidify when cools down . You can do the full process in the stove too , until everything comes together and make a doughy texture .
Cool down the khoya and crumble it , mix with nutmeg powder .

4. For the sugar syrup , make a medium thick syrup , must not be too thick ( the syrup won’t get inside the sweets) nor too thin ( the sweets will become soggy) . It should be liquidy but thick .

5. Now take the flour dough . Make small balls from the dough . You don’t have to knead it . Just make balls and stuff maowa inside . Seal the opening and make small flat ball . The balls will get bigger while frying , so don’t make them big in size .

6. Lower the stove and fry the balushais in hot oil at low flame for 15-20 minutes until red . The balushais need to be well fried , that helps to soak the syrup nicely. Immediately transfer to the warm syrup and let it soak the syrup for 2-3 minutes .

7. Take them out from the syrup and dredge over dry maowa . For dry mowa , take powder milk and ghee and make bread crumb like texture . Strain through a strainer .

Ready .

Chaana’r payesh

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This is my Aunt’s ( my choto khala, we call her Munnila ) recipe . I just improvised a little .

Ingredients:

Chaana/ chenna / cheese from 1 and 1/2 ltr milk ( around 3/4 th cup chaana)
1 and 1/4 th cup Evoparated Milk
1 cup regular milk + 1tbl spoon powder milk
2 or 3 green cardamom
Sugar to taste ( around 1/2 cup)
Rose water ( optional)
Nuts and raisins for garnishing

Procedure :

1. Make chaana from 1 and 1/2 ltr full cream milk . For that boil the milk . When the milk is boiling hot add 2 tbl spoon vinegar mixed in 2 tbl spoon water and stir until the water separates from the milk . For chaanar payesh , we need little hard chaana unlike chaana for deshi sweets . So I’m using vinegar as it is very strong and curdles the milk more .

2. Drain the chana and wash with cold water . Now squeeze out the water and put the chaan in the fridger for an hour . It would help to set the chaana .

3. Boil evaporated and regular milk with cardamoms . Add the sugar . Now cool down the milk a little . Add the chaana to the milk , when it is not too hot . Sprinkle some rose water .

4. Garnish with nuts and raisins .

Notes:

1. If you don’t find evaporated milk just add powder milk with the regular milk to thicken it .

2. You can use condensed milk in the milk mixture too . In that case just reduce the sugar as condensed milk has sugar in it too .

Boondia-maowa Laddu

Boondia-maowa Laddu

Boondia-maowa Laddu

For Boondi-maowa laddu , make boondi first . For boondi recipe plz click the link below

http://khadizaskitchen.com/2014/04/28/boondia/

Now the additional ingredient I need is maowa or khoya . If you don’t have maowa at home , make it at home by using powder milk , little ghee and heavy cream / evaporated milk / regular milk .

For home made maowa :

1/2 cup powder milk
1/2 cup heavy cream/ evaporated milk / regular full cream liquid milk
2 tea spoon ghee

Mix them all together and cook on the stove , until everything comes together and forms a dough or microwave it for 2 – 3 minutes or until it becomes a paste like thing , keep stirring and checking after every 1 minute . Cool it down before you apply it .

Procedure for laddu :

1. While the boondis are hot , take half of the boondis and smash it in the food processor . Add little boiling hot water to smash it easily . Add the water little by little .

2. Now add the remaining intact boondis with it and add the maowa , mix everything together and while hot shape them into the size of laddus . Wash your hand after every few minutes , or else you will find difficulty to shape the boondis .
If you find your boondi mixture little unstable and the laddus fall flat . Don’t worry , keep them in the fridge for a while to get them little stable and shape again .

Making this laddu , I mistakenly blended 2/3 rd of the boondis , so it looks more like mihidaana laddus , but if you use the amount I mentioned now, that is blend half of the boondis and keep half of the boondi intact, you will see the boondis more prominently . :D

Enjoy !!!!

Mihidaana or motichoor laddu

Mihidaana or motichoor laddu

Mihidaana or motichoor laddu

making boondia is way too easy than making mihidaana , though they both have the same recipe . Boondia and mihidaana both need special type of instrument, a ladle , kind of perforated spoon to make them . Slotted or perforated spoons that are easily available in the market , can be used for making bondi without any hesitation . But being smaller in size , to make perfect mihidaana is always tough , specialy when you can’t find that special instrument to make that . I have tried so many thing , from colander to grater or even the strainer for the kitchen sink but ended successfully with the tea stariner . :D But yes , not only the tea strainer, you need to follow some tricks to make them perfect . :)

Ingredients :

For Batter:

1 cup besan/ Benglam gram flour
3/4th cup -1 cup water ( room temperature) + 1 or 2 tbl spoon more ( if needed)
Pinch of baking soda/ powder
Little food color
Little salt

For Sugar Syrup :

1 cup Sugar
1 cup of water
2 green cardamom and a small stick of cinnamon
1 tea spoon ghee ( at the end)

Procedure:

1. Heat oil in a karahi on medium flame . Mihidanas need to be deep fried . In the mean time , start making the sugar syrup with the ingredients mentioned . The sugar syrup must me medium thick . It must not be thin . It must be like that , when you touch the syrup with finger , your finger sticks. But don’t make it too thick that it crystallizes .

2. Make batter with the ingredients mentioned for batter . Don’t add extra 1 or 2 tbl spoon of water unless needed . The batter should be medium thick . It must not be thin or else you won’t have the perfect shape . And if you make it too thick , it won’t pour into the oil through the strainer or spoon . It should be just like the cake batter .

3. When the oil is ready to fry , hold the strainer just 2 inches above the hot oil . If you hold it above this height you won’t get the perfect round mihidaanas . Hold it as near as possible to the oil . Now pour a little amount of batter onto the strainer with a spoon and from the back of the spoon press a little . You will see small balls r dropping in to the oil . It should fall with intervals , then the perfect round shape will come . But if it falls like a line , you won’t have the shape . So little amount of batter one at a time . Must not be thin and press the batter with spoon once at a time gently . Don’t press it too hard , then too much will be poured in the oil ruining the shape . always put little batter on the spoon or strainer otherwise you won’t get the shape . After the first gentle press with the spoon , don’t press any more , rather give small strokes with the spoon on the strainer without touching the batter over it . :)

4. Fry the mihidaanas or small bundis until little crispy . Not too much , but yet crispy . remove them from the oil with another spoon . When all the batter is exhausted , all the mihidaanas are fried , take little amount from it to crush into powder . Not too much a little amount . But yet , it is optional .Put the remaining mihidaanas in the hot sugar syrup until they get soft . Remember the syrup should be boiling hot . when you put the boondis , the stove must be turned off , but after adding the boondi turn on the stove and cook the boondis at very low flame for at least 5/6 minutes until the boondis absorbed almost all the syrup and turned very soft .

5. Now while they are hot transfer half of them into the food processor and blend . Just because your sugar syrup is thick, they won’t be blended easily so add little hot , boiling water to blend well . Don’t put too much at a time . Just enough that is needed . If you mistakenly add too much water or it gets too thin , then add the remaining mihidanas with it and blend . that will balance the consistency . Now transfer it to a bowl . Mix with the crushed boondis/ mihidaanas . You may add little maowa too .

6. Grease your hand with oil/ghee and start making laddus . Everyone says to make laddus while they are hot , but what I do , I put the mixture into the deep fridge chamber for 5/ 10 minutes and then I find it easier to shape . When I start doing it while they are hot , they tend to be flat . But after keeping them in the fridge for a while , it is easier to make perfect round shape .. :D

Notes:

1. The consistency of batter is very important . If it is too thin , that when you put them on the spoon or strainer and it starts falling off , you will never get the perfect round shape . Or if it is too thick that no matter how hard you press the batter with the spoon or hand , it does not fall easily through the spoon or strainer , you won’t get the perfect shape too . It should be medium thick . But not thin at all .

2. Always place the strainer or the spoon as near to the oil as possible for the perfect shape .

3. Don’t put too much batter on the strainer or spoon at a time . That will ruin the shape . Small quantity at a time . Press the batter with spoon once at a time gently . Don’t press it too hard , then too much will be poured in the oil ruining the shape . always put little batter on the spoon or strainer otherwise you won’t get the shape . After the first gentle press with the spoon , don’t press any more , rather give small strokes with the spoon on the strainer without touching the batter over it . :)

4. Try to clean the spoon after every batch. That would help smooth flowing.

Komolabhog , amazing orange flavored Roshogolla

Komolabhog , amazing orange flavored Roshogolla

Komolabhog , amazing orange flavored Roshogolla

In a chilly afternoon, like today , while enjoying a sweet orange , an idea just crossed my mind and I literally jumped off my couch , rushed to the kitchen to make a Bengali delicacy , almost forgotten , Komolabhog, an orange flavored,soft roshogolla . :D

Ingredients :

For making chaana / paneer / cheese for komolabhog :

4 cups of Full cream liquid milk
1/4 th cup of orange juice ( you may need more depending on the quality of milk)

For Syrup :

1 cup sugar
3 cups of water
2 cardamoms
1 small stick of cinnamon
little yellow and orange food color
1 teaspoon orange zest

Other ingredients :

Less than half a teaspoon flour( level)
Yellow food color
Saffron

Procedure :

1. Boil the milk and when it reaches the boiling point , turn off the heat. Add the orange juice and stir . Stop for a while . You will find the milk is curdling . You may need a little more juice to curdle the milk completely . Don’t make any hard chaana . The chaana should be soft . Just the moment the water separates , pour the chaana on a cheese cloth . Wash it with chilled water and squeeze the water well . Making of chaana is very important for roshogolla . If your chaana is hard , eventually your roshogolla will be hard too . Squeeze the water from the channa very well . If your chaana has water , the roshogolla will fall apart in sugar syrap .

2. Start making the sugar syrap with sugar , water , cardamom, cinnamon, food color , saffron and orange zest .

3. Mix a little yellow food color in the chaana .Knead the chaana very well . Knead it with the palm of your hand . Kneading is another vital part of making soft chaana .

4. I kneaded my chaana with my palm for 5-7 minutes . Then I put the chaana in the food processor and pulse it for 1 minute or so . The chaana will be very sticky and will look like that ;

5. Apply some ghee on your hand and shape the roshogolla carefully , so that there must be no crack in it . If the cheese balls are not smooth , or it has any crack in it , the roshogolla will break into pieces in the sugar syrup . Don’t let the roshogolla/ komolabhog or cheese balls sit for a longer time . If you do so , roshogolla will be hard too . So make the balls just before you are putting them into the boiling syrap .

6. Add the cheese balls into the boiling syrup and cover it with a lid . Don’t cover it completely . There must be a little space to let the steam out . Cook for at least 15 minutes . Remove the lid and you will see , the cheese balls doubled up . Cook for another 15 minutes . .

7. Turn off the heat and keep the komolabhog in the syrup at least for 4/5 hours for the best result .

Notes:

1. Making chaana is very important . Plz don’t use vinegar for making the chaana of roshogolla or other sweets like this sort . For komolabhog , I made chaana with orange juice , that made the chaana very flavorful and aromatic . Don’t make hard chaana. Don’t let the chaana on the stove or in the whey for a longer time . Strain the water as soon as the water separates . The softer is your chaana , the softer are the roshogollas or komolabhog .

2. Kneading part , very vital . If you don’t have food processor , you can use your chopper or grinder. If you don’t have any , knead well with your palm for at least 15-20 minutes , until it gets stuck in your hand .

3. The roshogolla/ komolabhog are cooked well in less sugary syrup . So the syrap is one thread syrap . The syrup should be very light . If the syrap is thick from the very beginning, the roshogolla or the komolabhog will never be soft . Because thick syrup doesn’t get into the roshogollas well .