Rasmalai (rasa malai to some) is an Indian delicacy often categorized as a Milk Sweet. It is made from Chhena/ Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and it makes a great dessert. Just because this dessert is so delicious, I thought it would be difficult to make. But, it turns out to be quite an easy recipe. It is my hubby’s favorite dessert so I was always interested to prepare it at home. This time I made it and he kept asking me where I bought this from as it tasted better.
- 1 liter milk for making Chhena/Paneer(Indian cottage cheese)
- 1 liter full cream milk for malai
- 2 lemon
- 4 cups of sugar powder(one may change the quantity as per the taste)
- 1 1/2 tea spoon of cardamom powder(illaichi)
- 4 strips of saffron (kessar)
- 10-12 almonds cut into pieces(longitudinally)
Pour 1 liter of milk in a container and put it on fire. When the milk starts boiling squeeze the lemons to milk. Within a few seconds the Chhena/Paneer starts floating. Drain the water using a thin, clean cotton cloth and collect the Chhena. Squeeze out all the water from Chhena. Prepare a dough from this Chhena. You can also use a food processor or grinder for making the dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. With the help of your palm make small balls and then tap on top to make small discs. Take 1 liter water in a pressure cooker add 1 cup sugar powder to it. When the water starts to boil add the Chhena discs into the boiling water, put the cover and wait for one whistle. Remove it from fire and let the cooker releases its pressure normally. Open the cooker, you will be surprised to see the discs have swelled to twice their size. Remove the discs from the cooker and let them cool down. In the mean while boil 1 liter full cream milk . Add sugar powder, cardamom powder and saffron to it ,stir it continuously. When the milk reduces to 1/2 liter remove it from fire. Gently press each Chhena discs with your palm, to squeeze out excess water and put them in milk. Garnish it with almonds.Rasmalai is ready to be server.
Note: Rasmalai tastes best when served a bit cold.