Sandesh is a popular Bengali sweet, best served at the end of the meal. It is quite easy to prepare and you can obtain a variety of flavors like the Chocolate Sandesh, Rose Sandesh, Vanilla Sandesh etc. by adding the required essence and color or the ingredient as described below.
- Paneer – 200 gms
- Fine Sugar or Powdered Sugar – 100 gm
- Unsweetened Khoya/Khoa or Dried Whole Milk – 100 gm
- Milk Powder – 2 Tbsp
- Rose Water – 1-2 tsp
- Any food color – Orange, Green, Yellow
- Moulds – of your choice (optional)
How to Prepare:
Smoothen the Paneer by hand well at least for 10 minutes. You can purchase Paneer from the stores or else I will have a post which will describe its preparation.
Add Khoya/Khoa, Powdered Sugar, Milk Powder and your preferred Color. Cook till the whole mixture starts collecting in the center. Take out and allow to cool.
Transfer into moulds to shape it in any form of your choice or create a round shape by hand. If needed, smoothen the mixture by just whipping in a mixer grinder or in a blender and obtain the right shape. You can give any shape to Sandesh like the Laddu, or oblong shape, or any shape created by the moulds.
Chocolate Sandesh: Instead of adding Rose water add 2 tsp of Cocoa Powder while cooking. Again, you can use any other flavor of your choice for Sandesh.