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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pistachio Sandesh / Pista Sondesh : A Bengali Sweet


Sandesh/ Sondesh ( Sweet with cottage cheese) and a Bengali Foodie both complement each other.  There is not a single instance where you visit a Bengali’s house during evening and you are not offered a plate of shandesh. Moreover, we Bengalis are known for having a sweet tooth ( another reason why Bengali language is adjudged as the Sweetest language by UNESCO). So my dear friends indulge in a variety of sandeshes to your heart’s fill and you won’t at all regret it. I have added pistachio powder to chenna to make it flavored one.

Ingredients:
2 Ltr Full cream Milk
2 tbsp Lemon juice
3/4 cup Sugar(powdered) {you can adjust the sweetness }
1/2 cup Pistachio powder
1 tsp Rose water
1 tsp Cardamom powder 
2-3 green Color drops is optional.(I added here nice color)
Few strands of Saffron for decoration
Few Pistachios for decoration

Method:
To make chenna first, take a pan and bring the milk to boil on low flame. Stir occasionally to avoid getting scorch from bottom. Then add lemon juice and milk will start to curdle. This is called cottage cheese or paneer / chenna. Once you see water turning slight green turn off the heat and drain the water through a cheese cloth. Now wash the chenna under running water to wash off the lemon flavor. Do not squeeze out the excess water with your hand just tie the sides of cheese cloth together and hang to enable the water to drain away.

Knead chenna well with your finger tips and knead until the cracks on chena starts to disappear. And the chenna becomes smooth. Now add sugar, saffron strands, pista powder, rose water, cardamom powder and again knead well. The art lies in kneading, the more you knead the less grainy texture at the end.

Now take a non stick pan and add this mixture and fry on low heat. Stir continuously till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat. Leave this mixture for a minute to cool and then take a little mixture in your hand and roll it into a small ball or you can design them beautifully by Sandesh molds. Decorate the sandesh with some chopped pistanchios and saffron strands.

44 comments:

  1. Yum yum ..looks so fab and tempting ..

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  2. very nice looking sweet.I want Sooooondessshhhhhh now deepa..send me some!!

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  3. nice presentation.. i love bengali sweet :)

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  4. pistachio sandesh darun baniyecho, ekebare perfect......dekhei jive jol ese jachhe.

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  5. Pistachio sandesh ki bhalo dekhte hoyeche!! Yummy!
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  6. Love sondesh...pistachios ones sounds delicious..

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  7. i know one thing that sandesh is a very special sweet recipe and your pistachio adding idea makes it more special. the colour is amazing i loved that light greenish touch

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  8. Beautiful sandesh I love the green hint in them. Can imagine the lovely flavor you

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  9. Yummy Sondesh. Love the color!!

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  10. Lovely color.. brilliant presentation n clicks!!n yummm too

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  11. Wow...loved the colour of the sondesh !!!
    Lovely presentation :-)
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  12. Beautiful clicks and delicious sandesh. I was tempted to reach out to them.

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  13. This looks so so yummy! Love the clicks :)

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  14. I want to taste this sweet from many days. Looks real treat..

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  16. tempting and inviting sandesh sweet.

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  17. Irresistible sandesh, love that beautiful mild green colour, btw pls correct 12cup of pistachios dear, guess it 1/2cup..Thanks for sharing this beautiful sweet.

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  18. Tempting - could I grab one for dessert!

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  19. Awesome color...looks festive to me.....

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  20. Sandesh with pista looks nice dear. The color is very elegant...Yummy post again!

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  21. these are my kids fav...liked its mild n elegant green color...lovely pics n presentation.!

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  22. Rich and delicious dessert. Love the color..

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  23. Pista sondesh looks very delicious. Khub sundar baniyechho dekhei jibe jol ese jachhe.

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  24. Ah, I know just where to head to grab those beauties - your home of course!
    Great dessert, explained so well.

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  25. Delicious sandesh looks yumm. Love to try.

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  26. Oh, being a Bengali, I can tell how tasty these sondesh look! This looks like something I must try. The recipe is great and I loved the picture!!
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  27. o god, the mouth has started watering!!!
    :)

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  28. Lovely color looks super good :) and nice delectable clicks Deepa :)

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  30. Beautiful and tasty. Loved the green color.

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  31. Sondesh..... I have never tried of making it at home any day.... I have made rasmalai that means I can make these softies too they look so nice wanna take one ryt away!

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  32. this dish is new to m..but it looks soft and delicious..

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  33. I have never tried Sandesh.....love the color and pics...and it looks super yum.

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  35. Great recipe and you have very nice collection of recipes. Happy to follow. Lets keep in touch!

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  36. Wow,

    the green pista sondesh looks amazing...green or pink or white, i love this milk sweet...heavy on the waistline though!!!

    Shobha

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