Do you love Bengali desserts as much as we do? 

There are so many delicious desserts in Bengali cuisine. When you talk about Bengali food, it has to include something sweet. The Bengali word for sweet is “mishti”. From shondesh to roshogulla, rasmalai to malpua — it’s a good idea to understand Kolkata through its sweets culture. There are so many surprises that will stump you about the new and modern Kolkata, when you think about how the migrants moulded it into a new shape. The diversity is reflected on the palate too. But some things remain the same. In Kolkata, most of the mithais are served in clay cups till date. What happens is that the clay absorbs the moisture from the dessert, leaving the dessert thick and firm.

Here’s a wonderful dessert that is known to be loved by the locals in Kolkata. 

It is called chanar payesh. It is eaten during Durga Puja.

   

While you can eat chanar payesh hot or cold, a lot of people prefer to have it chilled. Also, you should also serve the chanar payesh in kulhads. 

INGREDIENTS

- 1/2 cup paneer 

- 1 cup milk 

- 2 tablespoons sugar 

- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

- 1 tablespoon mixed nuts

- Saffron, a pinch 

METHOD

Pat and crumble paneer with your fingertips. Add 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar into the paneer. Mix it into the paneer and continue to pat the paneer. Knead the paneer, the way you’d knead flour. Continue to fold, until you can make a ball out of it. Slowly try and give a round shape to paneer. Roll it in your palm, but make sure that you are able to create as many roundels as possible. In a pot, heat milk until it comes to a boil. Add cardamom powder. Add the remaining sugar. Now mix the paneer roundels in the milk. Allow everything to cook for 10-15 minutes. The mixture should thicken. Add mixed nuts and saffron. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Serve. 

We hope that you’ll enjoy this recipe!