Nikhuti Payesh | How to make Nikuti Payesh

Nikhuti Payesh

Nikhuti Payesh is my choice for N. The other N I had was Nalen Gurer Payesh, so many to do with the Nolen Gur Jaggery. Since this is a winter ingredient and on top, I have read many Bengali Food Bloggers in Chennai lamenting that they don’t get it here, I knew it was not a recipe I can try. I don’t think there is anybody was traveling down as well. So I settle with a recipe that I read in some roundup, and only later went on to read the recipe.

I haven’t asked anybody, however, I made a smart judgment of what Nikhuti means in Bengali, based on another recipe that’s coming up. I think it means tiny deep fried milk balls. Mostly oblong in shape. So here’s another shaped Bengali sweet for you.

In this Nikhuti Payesh, tiny oblong chhana balls are deep fried, soaked in sugar syrup much like the Jalebi/ Gulab Jamun types, then once it’s soaked, drain it out, and then soak it in rich creamy milk base, that is the Payesh. It is served chilled with loads of nuts in it or that’s what I understood.

Anyway, here’s another rich loaded dessert that you can’t eat more than a couple of these tiny ones if you are like me. As you munch on the Nikhuti, the soaked sugar oozes out and then you also get to taste the creamy milk.

One major taste difference I found is that the milk is also cooked with Cinnamon. Again as with other deep fried paneer sweets, the chhana has to be kneaded very well. The flour is added only as much as it can hold the shape and not more. You can either boil and reduce the whole milk or use condensed milk for a quick kheer.

So this is the second Payesh of the series and I hope you enjoy the rich kick this gives!

How to Make Soft Homemade Chhana for Bengali Sweets

How to Knead Chhana for Soft Bengali Sweets

Nikhuti Payesh

In this A to Z Bengali Sweets for Protein Rich dishes:

A for Aam Sandesh
B for Bhapa Sandesh
C for Channar Puli
D for Danadar
E for Elixir Sandesh
F for Fruit Sandesh
G for Gajarer Sandesh
H for Hot Chocolate Sandesh Truffle
I for Ice Cream Sandesh
J for Jilapi
K for Khirkadam
L for Lyangcha
M for Malai Sandesh

Step By Step Pictures for making soft Chhana for Bengali Sweets

Step by Step Pictures for kneading the chhana to a soft texture.

Step by Step Pictures for making Nikhuti 

Step by Step Pictures for Making the Sugar Syrup

Step by Step Pictures for Making the Malai

Nikhuti Payesh | How to make Nikuti Payesh

Ingredients Needed:

For the Nikuti

1 cup Paneer / Chhana Crumbled
1 tsp All Purpose Flour / Maida
A Pinch of Baking powder
Cooking Oil for deep frying

For the Sugar Syrup

1 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
3-4 Cardamoms / Elaichi

For the Malai/ Payesh

2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Cream
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Cinnamon Sticks

Other Ingredients

Mixed Nuts for garnish

How to make Nikuti Payesh

For the sugar syrup

Take the sugar with water and let the sugar melt and remove the impurities if any. Then boil the sugar with the water and crushed cardamoms till one string consistency or a thick syrup is formed. This will take about 8-10 minutes.

For the Nikuti

Prepare the soft chhana for making Bengali Sweets.
Take the crumbled paneer on a plate and with your heel, knead till there are no coarse grains or lumps and the Chenna becomes very soft.
Add the flour, baking powder to the soft chhana and knead it for nearly 10-12 minutes or till it starts releasing oil to make a smooth textured dough. You can start by adding very little flour to the dough.
Cover the bowl and keep it aside for 10 minutes and divide the mixture into tiny oblong pieces.
Heat a kadai with oil and reduce the flame when it reaches smoking point.
Gently drop in the Nikuti and deep fry in batches, till it turns golden brown.
Drain the Nikuti and soak them in the prepared warm sugar syrup for 2-3 hours.
Then drain the Nikuti and serve in the chilled Malai/Payesh you will prepare.

For the Malai/ Payesh

In a heavy bottom pan, boil the milk along with cinnamon, cream, and sugar.
Cook on a medium heat and keep stirring. Cook the milk and cream mixture till reduced to 3/4th. Switch off the heat. Remove the cinnamon stick.
Add the drained Nikuti to the Malai. Garnish with finely chopped nuts along with some soaked saffron
Refrigerate and let it stand for 1-2 hrs.
Serve cold.

Notes

If you want to save time in making the Malai, you can use Condensed Milk instead too.

Add flour only as much as it is required. Else the Nikutis will turn hard.

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Nikhuti Payesh | How to make Nikuti Payesh
Nikuti Payesh is rich deep fried paneer balls served in chilled milk cream, loaded with nuts. This involves deep frying, soaking in sugar syrup and in milk.
Nikhuti Payesh
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Rating: 5
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Course Sweets
Cuisine Bengali
By Cook Method Deep Fried, Stovetop
Occasion Diwali, Festival Meal
By Diet Protein Rich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time Soaking time in each stage
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the Nikuti
For the Sugar Syrup
For the Malai/ Payesh
Other Ingredients
Course Sweets
Cuisine Bengali
By Cook Method Deep Fried, Stovetop
Occasion Diwali, Festival Meal
By Diet Protein Rich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time Soaking time in each stage
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the Nikuti
For the Sugar Syrup
For the Malai/ Payesh
Other Ingredients
Nikhuti Payesh
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
For the sugar syrup
  1. Take the sugar with water and let the sugar melt and remove the impurities if any. Then boil the sugar with the water and crushed cardamoms till one string consistency or a thick syrup is formed. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
For the Nikuti
  1. Prepare the soft chhana for making Bengali Sweets.
  2. Take the crumbled paneer on a plate and with your heel, knead till there are no coarse grains or lumps and the Chenna becomes very soft.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder to the soft chhana and knead it for nearly 10-12 minutes or till it starts releasing oil to make a smooth textured dough. You can start by adding very little flour to the dough.
  4. Cover the bowl and keep it aside for 10 minutes and divide the mixture into tiny oblong pieces.
  5. Heat a kadai with oil and reduce the flame when it reaches smoking point.
  6. Gently drop in the Nikuti and deep fry in batches, till it turns golden brown.
  7. Drain the Nikuti and soak them in the prepared warm sugar syrup for 2-3 hours.
  8. Then drain the Nikuti and serve in the chilled Malai/Payesh you will prepare.
For the Malai/ Payesh
  1. In a heavy bottom pan, boil the milk along with cinnamon, cream, and sugar.
  2. Cook on a medium heat and keep stirring. Cook the milk and cream mixture till reduced to 3/4th. Switch off the heat. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the drained Nikuti to the Malai. Garnish with finely chopped nuts along with some soaked saffron
  4. Refrigerate and let it stand for 1-2 hrs.
  5. Serve cold.
Recipe Notes

If you want to save time in making the Malai, you can use Condensed Milk instead too.

Add flour only as much as it is required. Else the Nikutis will turn hard.

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14 comments

  1. Valli I know you are not fond of sweets , had you told me you are making all these Bengali sweets , I would have flown to Chennai , to eat and learn as well !
    I guess these are cousins to gulabjamun and Rabri , wonderful , super pick !

  2. Omg, this Nikhuti payesh is super irresistible, my sweet tooth is craving for some bengali sweets now, after going through all your sweets, its seriously hard to control my sweet tooth. Its out of my control lol…

  3. You have such a long list of sweets that I think you can do another round of A to Z Bengali sweets, if you do, please let me know and I will migrate to Chennai for a few months. This dish again looks fabulous and I am super tempted to grab some right away!

  4. My bookmarked list is going infinity, seriously that nikhuti kheer looks irresistible. Hadn’t I left sugar I would be making it now.

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