Posted by Sudeshna on May 23, 2008
I had been writing about different dishes, fish, chicken , vegetables and everything but nothing about desserts. So thought of writing about a sweet for those who have that extra sweet tooth and even if you don’t have , I’m sure you’ll definitely like this one. This is a special sweet, typically Bengali, which you will never find in any shop throughout India I bet.
The sweet gets its name from the banana bowls it is served on, and if you don’t find any banana leaf to serve then just call it “Chhenar Sandesh”.
Milk (Dudh) : 2 litres
Lemon (Lebu): 1
Caster sugar (Guro chini): 2 tablespoons
Raisins (kismis): 10 /15
Rose water (Golap jal): 2 taespoons
Banana leaves (Kala pata)
- Heat the milk in a pan, as it starts boiling pour in lemon juice or calcium lactate.
- The milk will form farmer’s cheese or chhena, drain out the water.
- Take the chhena in a plate and mash it well, and continue doing so till the surface becomes oily. You can feel with your fingertips that there are no lumps in it.
- Add the caster sugar and the rose water and mash again till it is well mixed.
- Make small round balls and add a raisin over each ball.
- Put the balls in small banana leaf bowls. You can also serve it without the bowls, those are only for decoration.
Serve at the dinner table and enjoy that great Bengali feeling, anywhere anytime. Happy cooking and happy eating.
Sending it for Monthly Mingle – Low Sugar Treats
Picture: Courtesy my Sis, PUPU