Tripura, a state in northeastern India, has an exotic traditional dessert, kheertua. Even though it is widely available in practically all sweet shops and is popular in parts of the neighbouring regions, its popularity declines the further one travels from Tripura. Even in Bengal, it is not found. Rasmalai and kheer tua are very similar. However, kheer tua still has its own individuality and exquisiteness.
Tripura is known for its non-vegetarian grubs, which have been the staple food for the locals. This North-Eastern state shares its geographical borders with West Bengal and other nations, particularly Bangladesh. Over time, it has picked culinary inspirations from these regions. Let's consider the traditional dessert from Tripura, kheer tua. It is integral to native festive celebrations. Many claim its roots hail from Bangladesh. At the same time, a closer look at it will remind you of another popular sweet, i.e., rasmalai. Is Khertua a distant cousin of ras malai? Or is there more to what meets the eye?
What is Kheertua?
Kheertua is delicious and has a distinctive, rich flavour. It is described as a fusion sweet made from rabri and ras malai. Kheertua's recipe calls for freshly prepared soft chhena or cottage cheese, milk, and sugar. Chenna dough is kneaded and formed into oblong dumplings. It is soft and not spongy like ras malai. After that, the dumplings are soaked in thickened milk. The thickening process gives the milk a raabri-like texture and a light brown hue.
Similarity to Bengali chanar payesh
Many compare it to the Bengali channar payesh or cottage cheese pudding. The only distinction is that in chanar payesh, a small round-shaped channa is added to the boiling milk, whereas the added channa or cottage cheese is medium-sized and oblong-shaped. Once the milk has been halved, the oblong channa is added one at a time. Similar to how Indian rabri is prepared, thickened milk is also made this way.
For the milk syrup
For the cottage cheese dumplings
Creamy kheertua, Image Source: Tastebuds@YouTube
Serve it when it cools down to room temperature or refrigerate it.
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