Sweets

Rasgullas – Sweet and Spongy treats – Perfect every time.

Rasgullas are a very popular cheese based sweet dish which originated from the Indian state of Orissa…now how many of us really knew that???  It has been a traditional Oriya dish for centuries.People throughout the state consider the rasgullas prepared by the Kar brothers, the descendants of a local confectioner, Bikalananda Kar, in the town of Salepur  near Cuttack to be the best. Today this rasgulla famously named Bikali Kar Rasgulla is sold all over Orissa .

Rasgullas are usually served at room temperature or colder. Modern Indian households also tend to serve them chilled.  A popular variant in Orissa and Bengal is freshly prepared hot rasgullas. In Orissa, it is not uncommon to embed a single raisin or cashew  inside each rasgulla. Cardamom seeds may also be embedded to create a fragrant version. In northern India, the dish comes flavored in saffron, rosewater, and sometimes garnished with chopped pistachios.

I love recreating this dish as contrary to popular belief, its very easy to make and extremely welcome as a dessert in every Indian household. Many times, we would wait for milk to curdle, so we could get round to making this dish without any guilt! Since the base for rasgullas is curdled milk this is an ingredient that is available at any time we want it ! All one has to do it empty a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in to a vessel containing boiling milk …and the deed is done. I have tried many versions of rasgullas but I oved this one taught to me by my  close friend.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice + 1 tbsp water

Sugar Syrup:

4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar

PREPARATION:

  •  Boil milk in medium high for some time stirring  occasionally.
  •  When it comes to boil add lemon juice and continue  stirring.
  • It will curdle slowly separating the whey water from the curdled solids.
  • Sift in to a muslin cloth catching all the whey water in a container below and wash the curdled solids under cold water. This will remove a the traces of lemon from the curdled solids.

  •  Squeeze out all the water from  the muslin cloth and let it hang to dry for a couple minutes.
  • Place a heavy object like a pressure cooker on the paneer so that it makes it extra dry and without the water but with the moisture.
  • When all water  has drained, knead the panner on the counter top very nicely  until its soft,  rubbery and flexible. This should take a couple of minutes. The inherent oil and moisture comes out and combined with the heat in your hands, makes the panner soft and pliable.

  • Make little balls with  a little rock candy (kalkandu) in the midddle of each rasgulla. This helps the even spreading of sugar into  the panner balls.
  • Combine 4 1/2 cps of water with 1 1/2 cups of sugar and wait until it comes to a boil.
  • Drop the prepared balls  in the pressure cooker directly and close the cooker.
  • Now after the steam starts coming lower the flame to medium  and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Switch off after that and remove juicy rasgullas and enjoy them cold!
  • The rasgullas would have amost doubled in size and would be soft, spongy and extremely sweet!

Simple Syrup:

4 1/2 cups of water.
1 1/2 cups of sugar.

Add the sugar and water  to the pressure cooker directly and wait till it comes  to a boil.

HINTS:

  1. Add a drop of rosewater to the simple syrup for a little more flavour.
  2. Optionally serve with little syrup, but garnished with saffron strands, powdered pistachios etc.
  3. I sometimes add the kesar essence to my panner balls when I am kneading them to get lovely yellow hued rasgolas.

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Rasgullas – Sweet and Spongy treats – Perfect every time.

  1. Beautifully done, soft , sweet and spongy! I am sending you a farmaayish list before I head to the US and will shamelessly treat myself to your cooking:)

  2. superb recipe… i followed it and they came out so well… i must have gobbled a lot of them 🙂 yash loved them too shobhs.:)

  3. Very clear instructions,makes one believe it is very easy to make. Must try it.
    And they look delicious and mouth watering. You have not added anything to bind the rasogula, either maida or cornflour, I am wondering will not break while it is boiling in the water.

  4. I all the time used to study post in news papers but now as I am a user of internet therefore from now
    I am using net for articles, thanks to web.

  5. mam once I tried it my rasgulla was hard and reduse small in size..
    how much time how should cook in pressure cooker what should be volume of flame

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