Friday, 14 May 2010

Ras Malai~Indian cooking challenge April 2010

Ras Malai-A rich, luscious and creamy Bengali dessert made from reduced milk and paneer. It is delicately flavoured with cardamom and saffron and finished with nuts. Served chilled this dessert is simply heaven to indulge.

Ras Malai-Indian cooking challenge April 2010- The original recipe was provided by Lavi.
I followed recipe as stated ,the only adjustment I made were that I halved the quantity specified as this was my 1st attempt at making this wonderful dessert.


For paneer:

1 litre Milk
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon maida (all purpose flour)

For sugar syrup:

2.5 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar

For milk syrup:

3 cups milk
4 tablespoons Sugar
1 large pinch Saffron
1 teaspoon cardamom powder.

For Garnish:

1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts
1 tablespoon almond slivers
Few strands saffron


Step 1-Making the Rasa

1.In a heavy bottom pan add 1 litre of milk and bring to boil, add the saffron and turn heat to simmer.
2.Let the milk reduce on low heat stirring intermittently taking care not to burn it.
3.Some milk solids will form, that is ok just stir them in this will enhance creaminess to finished Rasa.
4.Once milk has halved in quantity add the sugar and let it dissolve. (It took about 40 minutes cooking time to half the milk)
5. Add the cardamom powder and stir in. Remove from heat and keep aside.

Step 2- Making the paneer

6. In a heavy bottomed pan add 1 litre of milk, bring to boil.
7. Once milk has boiled add the lemon juice and stir.
8. Continue to stir and milk will curdle and separate.
9. Leave for 5 minutes and you will see whey and milk solids separated.
10. Place muslin cloth in a colander and pour the separated milk in it.
11. Take the colander to the sink and run cold water over the separated milk to remove traces of lemon juice.
12. Squeeze out the access water from the paneer , rewrap paneer in muslin and place a heavy object over it to help drain all water out and to ensure paneer is dry.
13. Leave for 30 minutes.
14. After 30 minutes paneer will have formed a lump as most of the water has been removed from it.
15. Transfer paneer to a bowl add the maida and knead to form soft dough like consistency.
16. Roll out 12 walnut sized small balls from the paneer making sure there are no cracks and flatten them slightly like patties. (These will make 120 bite sized Ras malai)

Step 3- Making the sugar syrup.

17. In a wide-bottomed saucepan with lid, add 2.5cups of water and 4 table spoons of sugar.
18. Allow the syrup to boil, then add the paneer ball's one by one into it. (Don’t be afraid of the ball's getting broken, if you have kneaded the paneer well, it won’t get broken.)
19. Cover the pan and let the paneer balls cook for 10 -12 minutes on slow flame in the sugar syrup.
20. After 12 minutes check that the paneer balls are spongy and doubled in size.
21. Allow paneer balls t to cool slightly and when you can handle them, remove each ball with spoon. Slightly press each ball between your palms to remove the excess sugar syrup.
22. Place the squeezed balls in the Rasa made in step one. They will soak up some of the rasa.
23. Transfer the Ras Malai to a serving dish and garnish with chopped pistachio nuts, almond slivers few strands of saffron.

Chill before serving.

NB- The author of the recipe had suggested to save and refrigerate the whey water for making roti dough and for using it instead of lemon juice to make next batch of paneer.

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  1. Wow excellent looking rasmalai,loved the detail pcs of the preparation

  2. Wow excellent looking rasmalai,loved the detail pcs of the preparation

  3. Rasmalai looks delicious yummy

  4. Oh ya its time to drool again...looks super my fav is ras malai all time....yummy

  5. wow this is a nice desert.....would love to have some..i will try it out one day...

  6. wow this is a nice desert.....would love to have some..i will try it out one day...

  7. Love rasmalai. Home-made ones have that extra effect.
    Lovely pics.

  8. Simply superb.. looks inviting dear.. perfect presentation.. awesome job!!

  9. OMG they are to dry for....A very popular bengali sweet. Looks awesome :-)

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Rasmalai looks perfect n delicious dear,today i saw lot of rasmali pictures in many blogs tempting me to make this milk sweet dear.

  11. Wat an elegant presentation...looks beautiful Nayna..

  12. Nayna, your rasmalai is too tempting..cute pictures..

  13. oooo lala....this is just out of this world... the recipe is just awesome ... pics are mindblowing ....:)

  14. Beautiful presentation. Lovely clicks... Nice recipe, looks yummy.

  15. Beautiful dish...looks so yum and tempting :)

  16. Awesome Ras tempting..nice clicks it

  17. The sweet that tops my fav list...this is how I make them drooling

  18. Nayna,

    Rasamalai looks really wonderful, i too enjoyed making them.

  19. Your rasmalai has turned out perfect! Really nice pics too!! Cheers!

  20. really delicious tempting very well described..

  21. i m all gone...rasmalia looks ravishing...superb...lovely lovely lovely way of presentation..looks so invitiong and decicious

  22. Thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comments. The ras malai looks delicious. I am following your blog now. Smiles.

  23. Beautiful, I love your step by step pictures :)

  24. That is so splendid!!!! Loved the prep by itself.... & those captures are awesome to make us experience the divine taste..... Lucky You!!!! & Your family!!!!


  25. Looks beautiful. Loved the presentation :)

  26. are really those cute rasamalai

  27. Rasamalai has turned out great..Can't believe its your first time..Looks delicious !!!

  28. Loved all the pictures and perfectly done.. I am drooling all ur pictures

  29. Oh mourh-drooling ras-malai, yummmmmmmmmm :))

  30. Looks really good! :) Thanks for dropping by my blog! Added you to my blog roll too :)

  31. this looks perfect !! awesomely yummy !!

  32. Your site is absolutely lovely! I'll definitely come here looking for recipes ... :)

  33. looks very yummy and yet so simple to make!!!...

  34. beautiful! cant wait to try this!

  35. Beautiful presentation. Looks delicious.

  36. looks gr8, perfect for the sweet tooth!

  37. Lovely clicks.They are so tempting..I too used the smaller measurement for this challenge.

  38. Rasmalai looks yummylicious :)


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