Being a travel freak I spent a month in Kolkata, exploring the city and its attractions. A city rich in culture and traditions. Kolkata is a place in West Bengal located in Eastern India. The place is famous for Durga Poojas, Rasgullas and most importantly very friendly people. The place is full of celebrations and colors year around.
Sandesh is one of the Sweets made here and I have no words to explain its taste. It’s simply a white cloud of heaven, which melts in your mouth. I couldn’t resist having it almost everyday. Ever since I have tried making it and once for all I am successful.
Usually it’s made with Paneer, the cheese commonly used in Indian household. paneer in the initial stage of its formation has a lot of moisture in it and at this stage, is mixed with other ingredients to make Sandesh. The name itself is such a treat. Being in US I have invented that I could make it with our very friendly Italian cheese “Ricotta”.
2 cups of ricotta cheese
3 tbsp of condensed milk
1tbsp milk powder
½ tsp all purpose flour
3 to 4 tbsp of sugar
Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste like consistency and then transfer it into a thick-bottomed pan.
With mild heat keep stirring it all the time.
Remove from the heat when the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
When it cools a little bit (warm enough to be held in hands) make small balls and decorate them with dry fruits.
You can even try them by making paneer at home but I was not very successful. If any of you have some more ideas about making sandesh please share with me.