Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rasmalai

Rasmalai is a Bengali dessert consisting of soft paneer balls immersed in chilled creamy milk. Like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is also made with homemade cheese known as “paneer” or “chana”. Instead of being soaked in sugar syrup like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is soaked in sweet, flavored milk. I made rasmalai yesterday.It is my favorite dessert I have made this many a times successfully. It has been a while since I started this blog and haven't posted this recipe since.The recipe is simple and the rasmalai just melts in your mouth.. Here's what I do:


Ingredients:

Milk-8 cups(1½ lr)

Lemon juice- 1/4 cup

Sugar-1 ½ cups

Water-4 1/2 cups

For the Ras:

Milk-4 cups

Sugar- 3/4cup

Yellow food color/saffron-1/8 tsp

Cardamom powder-¼ tsp

Sliced Pistachios and Almonds


Method:

1.Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed over medium-high heat, stirring frequently making sure milk do not burn on the bottom of the pan.

2.As the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice slowly and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat.

3.Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth or muslin cloth just squeeze out the excess liquid and knead it gently with your hands. It is not required to hang the paneer overnight to drain out all the water as done usually.

4.Wrap the curd in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, immediately and squeeze well. This process takes out the sourness from the lemon.

5.To take out the excess water squeeze the cloth, or press the wrapped paneer under a heavy pan for about one hour. Taking the right amount of water out of the paneer is the most important part of this recipe.

6.Once the water has been drained completely, remove the soft paneer from the cloth onto a smooth clean kneading surface. At this stage the paneer will be crumbly and will not hold shape.

7. To check if enough water is out of the paneer, take a little piece of paneer on your palm and rub with your fingers. After rubbing the paneer for about 15-20 seconds, you should be able to make a firm but smooth ball.

8. If the paneer is too dry, add a few drops of water and knead the paneer for 3-4 minutes until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough.

9.Bring water and sugar to a rolling boil in a clean pressure cooker. Divide the paneer into 22-24 pieces and roll into a smooth ball.

10.If the ball breaks apart, knead and then roll into a ball. Slightly flatten the ball for Rasmalais. After the pressure cooker starts steaming, turn the heat to medium and cook for about seven minutes.

11. Make sure the cooker is large enough to accommodate the finished rasgullas patties, as they will expand to about double in the volume while cooking in the syrup!

12.Bring the 4 cups of milk to a boil on low heat, stir continuously to avoid burning.

13.The 4 cups of milk have to be reduced to around 2 ½ - 3 cups, this takes around 25-30 minutes. Yes, it takes time but well worth the wait. Stir in the sugar and cardamom powder. Also add the food coloring.

14.Squeeze out excess syrup from the patties and drop them in the milk once it has thickened.

15.Let theRasmalai patties boil for 3-4 minutes in the milk. Turn off heat. Transfer carefully to a container and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or more.

16.Garnish with slice pistachios and almonds before serving.

31 comments:

Priya said...

Gorgeous, creamy and absolutely delish...I love rasmalai much..urs tempting me a lot..

Gita's Kitchen said...

Yummy dish dear! Looks lovely too...this is my favorite dessert :)

Valarmathi said...

Very tempting. Looks great.

Malar Gandhi said...

Whooo, its very tempting. Ras malai fav' dessert. Love ur hard work.

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks delicious.. mu fav dessort.. looks tempting..

Premyscakes said...

Ras malai looks very much inviting jaishree. I too do it in the same way.

Adlak's tiny world said...

Mm.... pls pls pls send me the whole bowl yar.. i badly in need of it want to have right now! right now!.....

kittymatti said...

superb! such a detailed recipe.. looks perfecto!

vidhas said...

Lovely dessert, picturea are tempting.

DEESHA said...

I love rasmalai too .. good one jayashree

Vibaas said...

i can finish that right away :) looks yummo!

Poornima Nair said...

Wow...thats absolutely delicious...looks so creamy and yumm, just perfect...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

my fav... love it. looks soo great.

A_and_N said...

my god that looks restaurant-like! perfect for the torrid weather here!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Been ages since I made this your is tempting me and I am craving to grab the bowl and eat them all...

Pooja said...

Wow Rasmalai looks so yummy and tempting :)

sriharivatsan said...

Wow, supera iruku..Very tempting..But seems a long process..A worth to try..

Vidhya said...

wow Jaishree, Rasmalai is my favorite dessert too. Looks and sounds yummy

Priti said...

Wow looks so delicious..and gud tips...this is my fav sweet :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this is my fav...it looks the same i usd to make with readymade mix...looks very tempting and nice snap..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow with all those dry fruits deco looks droolworthy....

Pavithra said...

Yummy dish , my first favourite sweet. Looks lovely too..

notyet100 said...

i am droolin here...;-)

Akal's Saappadu said...

long preparartion for a delicious and heavenly rich dessert :)

I don't have the patience to do it, I ask my sister to do it for me each time :)

enjoy :)

Purva Desai said...

Rich and delicious dessert....loved by all in my family....

Vicky Xavier. said...

Thanks for the recipe. So far I used the ready made mix only:( will try urs soon. Great pics.

AnuSriram said...

Lovely rasmalai.. I was waiting to try this!

Sireesha said...

Rasmalai looks rich and yummilicious...How r u jaishree?

Jaishree said...

Thank u all for lovely comments:)

A_and_N said...

One of our all-time faves :)

Shazia Ijaz said...

Fantastic recipe!