This month's challenge is Ras Malai and I was more than happy to try out the recipe from scratch. Before I get to the recipe and the challenge, I would like to wish MySpicyKitchen on its 2nd Birthday! Exactly two years ago, MyspicyKithen was born and today, what better way to celebrate it than with my favorite Indian sweet, Ras Malai!
As I have mentioned numerous times, growing up I was not fond of Indian desserts, Ras Malai and Basundi being the only two exceptions. Over the years I developed such a sweet tooth that these days, anything sweet is divine to me 😮 Whenever I eat good Ras Malai, Balaji Bhajrang from Narayanguda Cross Roads in Hyderabad comes to mind. Their Ras Malai was the best in the city when we were growing up. I have not been their in a long time and don't know if their Ras Malai is still as good as it was few years ago. When Valli announced the challenge for this month, I was excited to prepared it from scratch. When I made it and tasted it yesterday, these sweet delicacies made me nostalgic and brought back the memories of Balaji Bhajrang Ras Malai and Basundi!
Yields: 18 Pieces
- 2 quarts or 2 liters of Milk (I used 1 quart whole milk and 1 quart 2% milk)
- 3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon All Purpose Flour or Maida (for preparing the balls)
- 3 cups Water
- 8 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 pint or 500 ml Half & Half
- 8 tablespoon Sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon Cardamom Seeds powdered
- 8 strands of Saffron (I did not use it as I ran out of it)
- 10 Pistachios chopped
- Preparation of Paneer
- Bring 2 quarts of 2 liters of milk to boil and simmer it for 5 minutes.
- Add 3 tablespoon of lime juice to milk and cook for another minute. By now the milk with curdle and paneer will come together and separate from the whey. Whey is the liquid/water after the milk breaks. I normally use yogurt and lime juice to prepare paneer but today I followed the recipe given by Lavi.
- Drain the paneer and pour 2 cups of water over it rinse away the sourness of lime juice from the paneer.
- Transfer the paneer to a cheese cloth or muslin cloth and squeeze as much water as possible.
- Hang it for 1 hour. I put the cheese cloth in a strainer and put a heavy pan and a mortar pestle on it to drain as much water or whey away from it. Leave it for 1 hour.
- When all the water is drained, take paneer to a plate or a bowl and need it well with your hand, as one would with chapati or roti dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of all purpose flour to paneer and mix it well.
- Make small round balls with paneer. Roll some paneer into round balls using both the palms and press it a little bit as in the picture below. I made 18 balls. Also remember that once we put these balls in the syrup they will double in size. Hence make small balls.
- Preparation of Syrup
- In a wide pan bring 3 cups of water and 8 tablespoon of sugar to boil. I used my pressure pan. Once water begins to boil, let it boil for another 2-4 minutes.
- Gradually drop the paneer balls into the syrup.
- Pressure cook the paneer balls for 2 whistles or Lavi says we can also pressure cook it for 10 minutes on low flame. If not using a pressure cooker, cooking the paneer balls for 20 minutes on medium high should work. I have not tried this but just a suggestion, in case one does not have a pressure cooker.
- Turn of the heat and let it cool. Once the pressure is gone, open the pan. Although I used a pressure pan, it was not wide enough. All the balls stuck to to on another. However, it was easy to separate and reshape them.
- Press each paneer ball gently to squeeze the syrup from it and drop it in the Ras.
- Preparation of Ras
- Start the Ras preparation when you turn of the pressure cooker. While the pressure cooker cools down, we can prepare the Ras.
- Lavi called for 1 liter or 1 quart of milk and asked to boil it and simmer it until the milk is reduced to half its quantity. If using milk, we need to start this preparation at the same time we start the preparation of the Syrup.
- I used Half and Half milk to prepare Ras. So I started this preparation once I switched off the pressure cooker. Bring half and half to boil and simmer it for 5 minutes.
- Add 8 tablespoon of sugar, cardamom powder and saffron and cook for about a minute.
- Then add the paneer balls that were cooked in syrup. Remember to squeeze out the syrup from the paneer balls. Ras Malai is done!
- Cool the ras malai and refrigerate it until ready to serve.
- Garnish with chopped pistachios.
Although there were too many steps involved in this preparation and was a lengthy process, it was not laborious preparation at all. The only time consuming and tiresome task for me was kneading and making paneer balls.
When I tasted it yesterday afternoon, just after the preparation, even before chilling the Ras Malai, I felt the paneer balls was not sweet enough and I thought I might have used the wrong measuring spoon to measure the sugar when preparing the syrup. This morning when I tasted it, Ras Malai was perfect and the paneer balls were also sweet enough for my taste. They were just perfect and the trick I think was letting it soak. Thanks Valli for choosing Ras Malai and thanks Lavi for the recipe!
usha......wow super pic
this is my only fav sweet ............
will try this some time soon
Rasmalai ..i am drooling at tat picture
wow i need to eat one right now
Suma Gandlur says
Happy blog anniversary and I wish you /your blog celebrate such many more milestones. Rasmalai looks delicious.
looks great dear ...looks perfect rasmalai Patties
Sushma Mallya says
Looks very delicious ,thanks for dropping by, hope to c u again usha
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments!
Ras malai looks wonder ful.My 1st visit here couldn't find to follow blog widget to follow your blog.Do drop by simply.food sometime.
In wordpress there is no follow the blog widget but you can subscribe to the blog to get the updates. You could subscribe in reader of via email. The widgets or on the right sidebar.
Thanks for stopping by do drop in once in a while!
Wowww wat a fabulous and super looking rasmalai..looks yum..
Congrats on the milestone!..Ras Malai looks divine!..:)
Congrats! Mouthwatering rasmalai!
Congrats on the 2nd anniversary!!Rasmalai looks sure yumm...Loved making it too...
lovely lovely Rasmalai. love the kheer more than the sweets....great presentation...made my mouth water.
Manju Rajender says
Wonderful !!! Every presentation is unique in their own way. Gr8 🙂
They look fabulous. Congrats on ur blog anniversary.
Lakshmi Venkatesh says
Looks real lovely. Congrats on ur blogs 2nd birthday.
Hey yours came out so well.
Congrats on blog birthday,wish many more to come
niloufer riyaz says
yummy looking rasmalai
hey, congrats on completion of successful 2 years...keep blogging....that rasmalai looks delicious...yummy!