SONDESH

SONDESH

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Sondesh or Sandesh is one of the most favourite sweet of all Bong families, no occasion is complete without devouring these beauties. In Kolkata it is easily available in every sweet shop and that too in so many different varieties that you can’t taste all of them at one go.

Speaking about the variety, I remember an incident from my childhood days, when we used to visit our maternal uncle’s place in Banaras during Diwali festival. The city used to be full of sweet shops but our favourite was the one my mama’s friend owned as we could eat never ending variety of sweets there. On one such visits to the shop, all of us cousins thought of having a competition of eating sweets and whoever would eat the maximum number of sweets would be a winner and the loser would treat the winner to a good movie as a reward.

So one of my big bro and my little sis being known for their sweet tooth in the family took up the challenge of eating sweets. Believe me seeing them eat those sweets the rest of us were getting sugar rush. To our horror they ate almost every variety of Sondesh available in the shop and the winner was obviously my lil sis and was promptly declared the biggest sweet tooth of the family.

Those are some nostalgic moments of my childhood, but now I don’t get such heavenly tasting, melt-in-the-mouth, soft and juicy, silky textured Sondesh here in Bangalore. So I make my own at home from a very old recipe I follow from a cook book I own called Cuisine and it tastes somewhere close to that Banaras-wala Sondesh.

I keep on experimenting with the flavours every now and then. Sometimes I add Khejur Gud (Dates Jaggery), vanilla, chocolate, mango, kewda, etc. The list is endless but today I am sharing the most simple basic Sondesh recipe. Hope you will try it and like it as it’s very simple to make with very few ingredients.

RECIPE FOR SONDESH:

Ingredients:

  • 500 ml – Full cream milk.
  • 4 to 5 tbsp – Powdered sugar or as per your taste
  • Green cardamom powder a pinch
  • Few drops of rose water or kewra water
  • Optional you can use any essence you like vanilla etc like when I make orange sondesh I add orange essence experiment as you like.
  • Lemon juice or vinegar to make the chenna out of the milk.

Method:

  1. Heat the milk and bring it to a rolling boil add some vinegar or lemon juice to the boiling milk and switch off  the  gas as you see the milk  splitting.
  2. Drain out the water completely and wash the chenna under running water to remove the sourness of the lemon juice.
  3. Drain the water completely and transfer to a stone platform and mash the chenna with the help of your palms when the chenna is still warm and keep on mashing till you get a smooth dough like consistency then add the powdered sugar and (at this point you can even replace sugar with Khejur  Gud  (Patiligur), if you have any, grate the gur and add it).
  4. Add cardamom powder and mix again, now transfer this mixture to a non-stick pan and on very slow flame stir and cook the mixture for around 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  5. Now, take out the cooked mixture and let it cool a bit till it’s warm enough to handle and knead with your hands again if you feel if it has become grainy then give it a blitz in the mixer, it will become smooth and silky in texture.
  6. Now add the desired essence you like and mix again, if you have Sondesh moulds you can grease the moulds a bit and shape your Sondesh, if not simply make round balls and flatten them like a pedha , give whatever shape you like, you can even garnish with kesar or pista chopped finely. Enjoy them with your loved ones.
  7. Do try and give me a feedback if possible, Happy cooking.

Note:

  1. If you think that the mixture when taken off the heat is looking little grainy then you can also give it a blitz in your food processor for a few seconds — till you get the smooth texture.
  2. Making this sondesh is a tricky part so you have to have some patience till you perfect it.
  3. If you don’t have sondesh moulds then you can simply make balls or any shapes with your hands as desired and enjoy them.

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SONDESH
 
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Recipe type: Bong Connection Affairs, Desserts, Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • 500 ml - Full cream milk.
  • 4 to 5 tbsp - Powdered sugar or as per your taste
  • Green cardamom powder a pinch
  • Few drops of rose water or kewra water
  • Optional you can use any essence you like vanilla etc like when I make orange sondesh I add orange essence experiment as you like.
  • Lemon juice or vinegar to make the chenna out of the milk.
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk and bring it to a rolling boil add some vinegar or lemon juice to the boiling milk and switch off the gas as you see the milk splitting.
  2. Drain out the water completely and wash the chenna under running water to remove the sourness of the lemon juice.
  3. Drain the water completely and transfer to a stone platform and mash the chenna with the help of your palms when the chenna is still warm and keep on mashing till you get a smooth dough like consistency then add the powdered sugar and (at this point you can even replace sugar with Khejur Gud (Patiligur), if you have any, grate the gur and add it).
  4. Add cardamom powder and mix again, now transfer this mixture to a non-stick pan and on very slow flame stir and cook the mixture for around 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
  5. Now, take out the cooked mixture and let it cool a bit till it’s warm enough to handle and knead with your hands again if you feel if it has become grainy then give it a blitz in the mixer, it will become smooth and silky in texture.
  6. Now add the desired essence you like and mix again, if you have Sondesh moulds you can grease the moulds a bit and shape your Sondesh, if not simply make round balls and flatten them like a pedha , give whatever shape you like, you can even garnish with kesar or pista chopped finely. Enjoy them with your loved ones.
  7. Do try and give me a feedback if possible, Happy cooking.
Notes
1. If you think that the mixture when taken off the heat is looking little grainy then you can also give it a blitz in your food processor for a few seconds — till you get the smooth texture.

2. Making this sondesh is a tricky part so you have to have some patience till you perfect it.

3. If you don’t have sondesh moulds then you can simply make balls or any shapes with your hands as desired and enjoy them.

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