Malai Sandesh | How to make Malai Sandesh

Malai Sandesh

Malai Sandesh is my choice for M in the A to Z Bengali Sweets Series. I had a huge list to choose for M, such as Malai Cham Cham, Malai Chop, Malai Toast, Malai Sandwich, Madhuja Sandesh. Mohini Sandesh, Makha Sandesh, Milk Cake Sandesh. Each as different or similar to some of the other Chhana based Bengali Sweets. When I had picked up to make this alphabet to make, it was almost the last week of August and realized that my B was also not done. So I clubbed both together to make the Bhapa Sandesh first and saved some to make this Malai Sandesh.

So, in essence, the preparation is the same. You add the steamed Sandesh in a thick sweet creamy milk and serve it chilled with loads of chopped nuts. The steamed Sandesh would have soaked the milk and becomes spongy. I added half of the nuts ahead, for it to get soaked, some just while serving, so you will have both crunchy nuts added to the taste.

This is steamed Sandesh version, that I have microwaved. In the Bengali Sweet Lists, there is a section of sweets called the Payesh, same as the Payasam in the south. In this, the main base is sweetened thick creamy milk. Today’s recipe is first of that series. I tried covering all the different categories that are made with chhana in Bengali Sweets. With this we have crossed 15 days of Mega BM!

How to Make Soft Homemade Chhana for Bengali Sweets

How to Knead Chhana for Soft Bengali Sweets

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

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 steaming/Microwave the sandesh

Step by Step Pictures for Making the Malai

Malai Sandesh | How to make Malai Sandesh

Ingredient Needed:

For the Sandesh

1 cup Paneer / Chhana / Cottage Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar (increase as per your taste)
2 tbsp Milk
A pinch of Cardamom Powder
Few strands of Saffron mixed in 2 tbsp Milk

For the Malai

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

Other Ingredients

Mixed Nuts for garnish

How to make Malai Sandesh

For the Sandesh

First, make the soft Chhana required for making Sandesh.
Take one cup of well kneaded Chhana and start adding sugar and mix well.
You will end up having a soft and sweetish smelling chhana. Add cardamom and knead again.
Soak saffron in 2 tbsp milk.
If you are going to steam in a pressure cooker, you can grease with butter, pat this chhana over it and add milk along with saffron.
Cover the pan with an aluminum foil.
Add 1 cup water to the pressure cooker, bring the vessel to a boil.
Then place the covered pan inside the pressure cooker and steam for 15 to 20 mins on medium heat.
I used microwave and cooking in the microwave is very quick.
Grease a microwave safe bowl, press down the chhana to 1 inch thick and sprinkle milk with saffron (save few for later garnish).
Microwave for a minute. Wait and again microwave for another minute. Total time is only 2 mins. Steaming is done.
Let it sit at room temperature for 5 mins.
Cool down the Sandesh. Take it out on a plate and cut into small pieces. Keep aside.

For the Malai

In a heavy bottom, pan boil the milk, along with cream and sugar.
Cook on a medium heat and keep stirring. Add a little cardamom powder. Cook the milk and cream mixture till reduced to 3/4th. Switch off the heat.
Add the cooked and cubed Sandesh. 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.

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Course Sweets
Cuisine Bengali
By Cook Method Microwave, Stovetop
Occasion Diwali, Festival Meal
By Diet Protein Rich
Dish Type Paneer Dishes
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Course Sweets
Cuisine Bengali
By Cook Method Microwave, Stovetop
Occasion Diwali, Festival Meal
By Diet Protein Rich
Dish Type Paneer Dishes
Servings
Malai Sandesh
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Recipe Notes

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

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13 comments

  1. Interesting to know the options for the alphabet M , I am going back to Kolkata airport where I feasted on these Sandesh varieties . Your series is like one big Bengali Sweet Shop , with mouth watering varieties . Loved this one too and your smartness to get two posts in one go .????

  2. I didn’t realize that we are half way through the marathon! Everyday I look forward to the virtual sweets at your space. Choices for M seems to be a lot, you have picked a good one!

  3. Omg, how many varieties of Sandesh you have shown to us, now am so tempted to make this malai sandesh very much quickly, am sure this malai sandesh will definitely please my sweet tooth.

  4. As I mentioned before you should write a book on Sandesh. These malai sandesh looks so delicious and I just want to pick them off screen.

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