West Bengal has contributed many sweet dishes to the nation and one such is the melt-in-the-mouth rasmalai. The name is a combination of two words, 'ras' means juice and 'malai' means cream. This milk-based dessert consists of spongy rasgullas or paneer balls doused in thick and creamy milk, garnished with kesar, pistachios and almonds. This is one of the popular sweet dishes of India so it is easily available in the market, whether you go for the ones from a sweet shop or the packaged variety found in supermarkets. However, the best bet is to make it at home. Rasmalai is one of the most demanded sweet dishes during the festive season but even on a regular day, rasmalai is the perfect sweet dish to complete a meal. Here's a rasmalai recipe to make this sweet dish from scratch at home.
Ingredients for Rasmalai Recipe
200 gms cottage cheese or paneer
Refined flour for dusting
1/2 cup sugar
Water (to make sugar syrup)
1 litre milk
4 green cardamom or elaichi
5 strands of kesar
Yellow food colouring
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
Method for Rasmalai Recipe
1) Heat water and sugar in a pan to make the sugar syrup. Turn off the flame once the sugar dissolves.
2) Dust refined flour on the platform and knead cottage cheese wrapped in muslin cloth on it.
3) Make balls out of the cottage cheese. Add them to the sugar syrup.
4) On a medium flame, let the cottage cheese balls soak in the sugar syrup until they begin to float.
5) Remove from the syrup. Flatten and squeeze out the syrup. Keep aside.
6) Bring the milk to a boil. Add elaichi, kesar, a pinch of yellow food colouring, chopped almonds and pistachios (leave some for garnishing). Let it boil for 5 to 6 minutes.
7) Add the squeezed rasgulla. Boil for another 40 to 45 minutes. The milk will begin to thicken. Keep stirring at regular intervals.
8) Once done, turn off the flame and let it cool.
9) Garnish with kesar strands, chopped pistachios and almonds.
10) Keep in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.
In this rasmalai recipe, Gurdip Kohli Punj shows you how to make a quick rasmalai with rabdi. The cottage cheese balls in this dish are the size of grapes which is why the name 'angoori'. Follow the simple instructions in the Hindi recipe video to make this rasmalai recipe at home.
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