This is that part of the year when we bid adieu to our biggest festival “Durga Pujo”. The finale is the immersion of the Idol of the Goddess and with a renewed hope that next year around the same time we’d be celebrating the festival with full vigor. So, to my blogger and reader friends all across the world, Wish you all a very Shubho Bijoya ( literally means victory of everything that’s good). So with a hope that all of us would live together happily and with harmony let me sweeten the environment with Strawberry Sondesh (sweet).
1 packet Strawberry (Roughly 150 gms), chopped finely
1 1/2 litre full cream Milk
2-3 tbsp powdered Sugar (depending upon the sweetness of strawberries you may need to adjust the sugar)
1 tbsp Sugar + 2 tbsp Water to make strawberry sauce
Take a heavy bottom pan, add chopped strawberries, 1tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook on medium flame until the sugar takes out all the juices from the strawberries and the sauce thickens. Let it cool down.
Boil the milk and after first boil, add lemon juice in it. Stir it till milk curdles and then remove it from the heat. Remember the longer you let it cook the harder your chana(paneer) will be. Strain the curdled milk in a muslin cloth and wash it under runninng water to remove any trace of lemon flavour. Keep it hanged for 30 minutes. Transfer the chana in a plate and mash with your palm till your palm feel the oil. Add powdered sugar and mix it thoroughly. Now add strawberry sauce and mix it again. By now you will see the chana mixture is gooey so we need to cook the mixture in a heavy bottom pan again but on LOW HEAT.
Soon chana mixture will start leaving the pan and the consistency will be like any other Sondesh. Remove from heat and let this cool down.
Shape them as you wish and garnish with a slice of strawberry in the center. Chill and serve these flavoured sondesh to your loved ones.
"For the contest "Indian Dessert Recipes Sponsored by Zoutons.com and Collegedunia.com" who blogs at Raksha's Kitchen