Sandesh | Shondesh

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Buffer this pageShare on Yummly

Durga Puja is here! God can’t believe time rushes out so fast. I have been away from home since last three Puja. So, this time I’m cooking some of the festival delicacies hoping to replicate the sanctity of the Puja. The memories have the freshness of amazing autumn flowers of India. It has the beats of Dhol and the rhythm of Sankha, the enthusiasm of people for the occasion, the bonding of families, the reunion of friends and the tasty Sandesh.

Being away from home and having an unusual schedule just allows you to limit your celebration to traditional recipes and little rituals. So, I don’t ever try missing out on these two. And to some extent, this recipe is very close to the recipe of Maa Durga too. In Bengal, they offer Sandesh as Bhog during Durga Puja and it’s one of my favorite sweet which I would love relish.

Sandesh is made out of curdled milk or Chenna or Paneer by kneading it and flavoring it. It’s a recipe which can be made, stored and enjoyed over a long period of time. Dedicating this recipe to a new beginning and cherishing the long tradition of Bongs on this very occasion.

Sandesh_02
Sandesh_02

The step by step recipe on how to make Sandesh follows below.

Ingredients:

  1. 750 ml or 25 fl oz of milk
  2. 1 whole big lime
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1 tsp cardamom powder.
  5. 1 tbsp Pistachios

Steps of Preparation:

  1. Heat the milk in a wide bottomed pan or dish and bring it to the boil.

    Sandesh_Step_01
    Sandesh_Step_01
  2. As soon as the milk starts to boil, switch off the flame and add the lime juice of 1 whole lime.

    Sandesh_Step_02
    Sandesh_Step_02
  3. The milk will start to curdle.

    Sandesh_Step_03
    Sandesh_Step_03
  4. Drain out the excess water and strain the Chenna or Paneer in a clean white cloth or muslin cloth.

    Sandesh_Step_04
    Sandesh_Step_04
  5. Strain excess water in the presence of cold flowing water so that you don’t burn your hand while the hot steam being released.
    Sandesh_Step_05
    Sandesh_Step_05

    Sandesh_Step_06
    Sandesh_Step_06
  6. Tightly tie the cloth and hang, so that excess water is released in 20-30mins.

    Sandesh_Step_07
    Sandesh_Step_07
  7. Heat a pan, and add the Chenna,sugar and cardamom powder and saute till the mixture turns gooey and the starts to crumble.
    Sandesh_Step_08
    Sandesh_Step_08

    Sandesh_Step_09
    Sandesh_Step_09
  8. Switch off the flame and bring the mixture to room temperature.
  9. After it cools down, knead the mixture and give various shapes and then top it with crushed pistachios.

    Sandesh_Step_10
    Sandesh_Step_10
  10. Refrigerate the pieces for 3-4 hours.

    Sandesh_01
    Sandesh_01

Enjoy this Durga Puja with a real light and wonderful Sandesh. Happy Durga Puja !!

Sandesh
 
Author:
Cuisine: Bengali
Serves: 4
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Sandesh is a Bengali sweet delicacy made up of curdled milk and sugar and flavored with any fruits or rose water or cardamom powder.

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Rate this recipe: