Sandesh( The milky sweet from the eastern culture)
Bengali Sandesh is the quientessential sweet from Bengal. Made with milk , it is one of the most common sweets that is synonymous with celebrations for bengalis. Made justwith milk and minimal sugar ,it is outstanding in taste and contains no fats or ghee at all.
Recipe type: Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
  • Milk ½ litre
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Sugar ½ cup powdered or ¾th cup ungrinded
  • Pistas/dry fruits a few for garnishing
  • few strands of saffron soaked in warm milk for decor
  • few drops vanilla essence/ pinch of cardamon powder( any one)
  1. In a big heavy bottom pot on high heat, bring the milk to a boil and reduce the heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add the lemon juice, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes, until the milk solids have been separated.
  4. Strain the water out and reserve the solids.
  5. This will be your 'chhana'(the milk solids).
  6. In a large bowl or a plate, start mashing it with your hands until smooth and soft .
  7. Now add powdered sugar and cardamom powder/ vanilla essence. Mix well with hands.
  8. You need to keep mashing for quite a white to get the smooth texture.
  9. Take a deep pan,and cook the mixture on a very low flame for a few minutes
  10. Stir continuously with a flat wooden spoon.
  11. But ensure that you cook just for a few minutes otherwise the mixture will break into small separate granules and it will be impossible to form balls then.
  12. The chenna is done when the mixture leaves the side of the pan and it is neither too dry nor too moist.
  13. Take off from the pan and for a smooth texture, blend the mixture just for a few seconds.
  14. Take small balls of the mix and shape them into sandesh by pressing a little from the top.
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