I’m not much of a dessert person, but there are certain favorites especially few Bengali sweets that I’ve devoured since childhood and have very fond memories of. Spongy melt-in-your-mouth cheese dumplings called Rasgullas served in earthen clay pots were the highlights of many evenings at home growing-up. Sold at Bengali sweet shops, these delicious dumplings were often served along with another classic Mishti Doi (sweetened yoghurt with jaggery set in a clay pot).I gorged on them and still do whenever I get the chance!With Diwali round the corner, this amazing dessert seems just perfect to be shared on my blog today.
Rasgullas are spongy sweet cheese dumplings in sugar syrup that are incredibly delicious.The sugar syrup is flavored with rose water and saffron. They’re not overly sweet like most Indian desserts and the excess syrup can be squeezed out if too sweet is not your thing. In India these desserts are easily available at any Bengali sweet shop and you can enjoy them to your heart’s content.Abroad, not so much!You make your own when those cravings become unbearable and even more so in the festive season when you miss all those delicacies.They’re not that difficult albeit a bit time consuming, since you first make the chena/paneer and then proceed with the next steps.Once you have the chena ready, its only a matter of making the dumplings and the sugar syrup.The most important part in the process is massaging the chena until it releases the fat and your palms become oily.That tells you that its ready to be shaped into balls.
The balls are then dropped into the sugar syrup to soak up all the delicious flavors from the saffron and the rose water.These can be made a day ahead, so they’re perfect for a crowd.Serve them chilled garnished with some saffron strands and see them disappear!
‘Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and may it illuminate your life with good health and all the joys of the world‘