Chom chom or chum chum is traditional Bengali sweet which has firm texture from outside and stuffed with delicious cream. To make chum chum is easy but does take time. The method of making cham cham sweet is similar to that of making rasgulla. This scrumptious sugary sweet is made from small dumplings out of fresh chenna (Indian Cottage Cheese) and made in cylindrical shape. Main ingredients are milk and khoya. Khoya is used for stuffing which makes this mithai rich in taste. I made this sweet for my Hubby’s Birthday. It is sinfully rich and delicious that you will be definitely tempted to eat.
Vinegar or lemon juice -2 tbsp
Semolina /Rava - 1tsp to prepare the chenna dough
For Sugar Syrup
Sugar-400 gms/2 cups
Rose water or kewra water 1 tsp
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
For sweet filling
Sugar- 2 tbsp
khoya or Mava-2 tbsp
Milk- 3 tbsp
Saffron-7 to 8 strands
Cardamom powder-¼ tsp
Desiccated coconut- 2 tbsp
Sliced pistachios- 1 tbsp
Few strands of saffron – optional
To prepare this dessert recipe, start by preparing the chenna. Take 1 litre milk in a heavy bottom pan. Put the flame in medium high and let the milk boil.
While boiling the milk, put the flame in medium and stir occasionally. Once the milk starts boiling, put the flame on lowest.
In boiled milk Squeeze out the lemon juice into the milk with the help of a lemon squeezer. Stir it slowly and let the milk curdle. Stir for 1-2 minutes in lowest flame Switch off the flame and add 1 cup of cold water into the pan to stop the chenna to get cooked further. Stir it until the water gets separated completely.
Take a large bowl and place a sieve on it. Put a Muslin cloth on the sieve. Pour the curdled milk immediately to the Muslin cloth. Add 1 more cup of cold water into it and wash the chenna.
Stir the Chenna gently for a minute with the help of a spatula to cool it off.. Squeeze the excess water and then tie a tight knot of the cloth. Hang the Chenna for at least 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, put the Chenna on a large plate; adding 1 tsp Rava and 1tsp sugar and mash chenna with he help of fingers.The softness increases when you mash it. .
Put it on the plate and rotate it to smoothen its body. Make sure there are no cracks in the shaped chenna portions. Repeat the process and shape the sweet with rest of the chenna.
Take each piece and roll them between your palms to a smooth cylindrical or oblong shape. pinch the edges.
Make oblong shaped cham cham with the entire kneaded chenna. Keep them covered with a moist muslin cloth.
Making sugar syrup for chum chum
Add water and sugar into a large wide pan and put the flame on high.
Once it starts boiling, check whether it has any dirt inside the syrup. If you observe any dirt, then add 1-2 tablespoons milk. While the syrup starts boiling, the dirt will come on the top like froth. Discard the dirt with the help of a spoon. If there is no dirt, then skip this step.
Boil the syrup for 3-4 minutes. Put the flame in low and dunk the cylindrical shaped Chenna into sugar syrup one by one immediately.
ut the flame on high and cover the pan. Let them cook for 10 minutes. Don’t stir the sweet in between. They are very soft and may break. While they get boiled in the sugar syrup, they will rotate automatically.
After 10 minutes, the size of the sweets will be double in size.
Making stuffing for chum chum
In a heavy kadai or pan, take 2 tbsp khoya/ mava 2 tablespoons sugar, 7 to 8 strands saffron and ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.
Next add 2 tablespoons saffron added milk.Mix everything and keep pan or kadai on a low flame.Stirring often begin to cook this mixture.
The mixture will begin to thicken. Stir continuously and cook till the mixture leaves sides of pan. Let this mixture cool completely.
Making chum chum
Place them on a tray and board. With a knife make cut each cham cham on top. Do not cut the cham cham entirely.
Place the stuffing in the cham cham sweet carefully without breaking them.Stuff all the pieces this way.
Take desiccated coconut in a plate and gently roll cham cham sweet so that the desiccated coconut sticks to the cham cham.
Place them on a serving plate or tray. Garnish with sliced pistachios, cherry and saffron Serve cham cham.
Enjoy the Dessert!