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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lady Kenny /Lady Canning : A Bengali Sweetdish




Dol or Holi made me dish up few of our very old ritual sweets /savoury items. Today’s sweet dish has a peculiar name called as Lady Kenny . Legend has it that during the beginning of 19th century in Bengal, wife of the Viceroy Lord Canning had visited a suburb of Calcutta where elaborate arrangements were made to welcome her to the local Zamindar ( Landlord’s) house. Amongst many lavishly laid food items the Lady Canning liked a particular sweet very much. This sweet resembled a Gulab Jamun in its  stretched Avatar. So pleased was the Lady with the sweet that she asked for more of it and as a tribute to her , it was named after Her Excellency Lady Canning ( Lady Kenny pronounced in Bengali).
NOTE:- The Pantua and Lady Kenny are very similar, except that the latter has a raisin inside it and coated in castor sugar.

 Recipe Source: Minakshie DasGupta's The Bengal Cookbook
 Ingredients:
500 gms Channa /chenna
150 gms sooji /semolina
1 tsp Ghee 
3/4 cup Sugar
12 Raisins 
Pinch of Cardamom powder

Oil/ghee for frying

For Sugar Syrup
2 cups Sugar 
1 cup Water
2-3 Green cardamoms

Method:
In my next post I will show how to make Chenna/ chana for full cream milk. Here I have used homemade chenna. 

To proceed knead the channa, suji well with your fingertips till it turns into pliable state. Add ghee to make the dough smooth and soft. Add sugar and knead lightly for next 10 minutes. Divide the channa into approximately 12 equal portions. Roll them to form smooth round balls.

In between make sugar syrup by adding sugar and water and put the vessel on low flame. Stir constantly till the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Check the consistency of the syrup, once you get single thread consistency, remove from fire. Keep aside.
Sugar syrup....
Stuff each ball with a raisin and roll in the palms of the hands until round or oval shapes. Take a heavy wok and heat oil/ ghee. Drop 2-3 balls into the hot oil and flip in between for even frying. When they turn light brown remove from wok and place them on kitchen paper. 
Check the center one...it's coated with castor sugar....I don't like the extra sweetness so beside applying it on 2-3 I skipped the process
 Immerse in prepared syrup and leave it for an hour to soak it fully. Now remove Lady Kenny from syrup. Sprinkle castor sugar on a piece of waxed paper and roll each one to get the white sugar coating. You can decorate these with varak, fresh grated coconut. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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43 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!! Looks so delicious

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  2. So wonderful! I love Lady Kenny!! Jibe jol chole elo! :)
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  3. Bah story ta jantam na to.....loved the clicks and d presentation as usual...:D

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  4. Beautiful indian dessert, you are tempting me with all your holi delicacies :)

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  5. Never had this or heard of this..nice..belated holi wishes deepa

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  6. Looks really delicious and tempting.. love it :)

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  7. Oh Gosh it been ages I had this ...looks just so fab ...drooling here Deepa

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  8. Looks really really delicious and love it to the core

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  9. so inviting for a sweet bug like me ;)

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  10. Lovely sweet with a gr8 name, never heard and worth trying it looks.

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  11. looks awesome!!loved the clicks!

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  12. Delicious dessert, looks perfect treat, You can link it to my Traditional Indian Sweets and Giveaway

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  13. Such a beautiful sweet, love the story behind the name Deepa, Lady Kenny will definitely satisfy my sweet tooth.

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  14. great story Deepa and of course I love Lady Kenny the sweet.

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  15. how do you make so many dishes one after another. do you eat them too? this lady kenny is my fav...havenot made or ate them in ages.

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  16. wow! the recipe is so good but the history behind this cherished sweet is even better. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Daroon lage amar Lady Kenny.. you made perfectly.

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  18. The name is sure intriguing.. Never heard of it... And you have made these so very perfectly!

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  19. Wow..This sweet looks so delicious and loved reading about its history..

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  20. Wow super tempting,perfect yummy sweet

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  21. Super tempting clicks, love to grab one..

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  22. You know what? I have been looking for this recipe and here you are posting it. I am bookmarking the recipe deepa. Thanks :)

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  23. Yumm! I could eat more than one, I am sure!

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  24. I like Bengali sweets a lot! This one looks super yum!

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  25. Hey the recipe is too nice and it's of different and great it's awesome one. Superb great one. Methods and the mixing style is simply awesome one great recipe. Thanks. Here when i was searching i found this. To know more. ClickFood

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  26. It's awesome Deepa...no doubt we Bengalis are proud of our rich heritage of sweets :)

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  27. Looks so so yummy and interesting read

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  28. Wow..! Mind blowing sweet Deepa.This is completely new to me and seems addictive !

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  29. I book markedit deepa...its lookingperfect!

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  30. That's an awesome "Anglo-Indian"sweet.!!!

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  31. i have never tasted this....looks yummy

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  32. I did not know of such a unique sweet with such a special name. Will try this at leisure.

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  33. What a lovely and unique sweet. looks delicious!

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  34. Ohh this is just so gorgeous ! love ladykeni and never thought it could be done at home. Simply delicious

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  35. Wow ..what a nice dessert! No wonder Lady Canning liked it. super yummy!

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  36. This one looks like an exotic dessert and wonderful name to this sweet!

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  37. Never heard of this one , really unique

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