If you are even remotely privy to Bengali cuisine, you would know the significance of Sandesh in a typical Bengali fare. A lot of you may argue the whole hype around this chenna-based sweet, when there are so many Bengali sweetmeats, equally flavourful, vying for similar popularity. The argument is strong, but name one Bengali sweet that can be prepared as quickly, with minimal ingredients and efforts that can be a part of everything form a wedding function to a birthday offering to a temple offering? A solidified version of milk and sugar. It is said that Sandesh stemmed from the Portuguese influence in Bengal. Their affinity for cheese, led to Bengalis developing a ricotta-like chenna, which they further moulded into Sandesh. Sandesh means ‘a message’ in Bengali, and a box of Sandesh is, in fact, used as a means to spread ‘good news or message’. Sandesh can be made in many ways. Here are some of our favourite recipes.
A tinge of rose can glam up just about anything, Sandesh mixed with gulab jal is a sweet, aromatic fudge you cannot say no to.
This ridiculously easy recipe of chocolate-flavoured Sandesh is a guaranteed hit among both kids and grown ups. And let's admit it, you are already drooling at the very idea.
Sandesh topped with sweet apple mixture. Strands of saffron add a rich dimension to this decadent treat.
Soft paneer or chenna combined with nectarous pineapple is stuff dreams are made of. A must-try.
Chenna mixed with orange squash gives this dessert the spunkiest twist. We know we are drooling by just writing about it.