Zafrani Sandesh is my choice for Z in the A to Z Bengali Sweet Series. As expected there is no other choice for this letter in the regional language or in English. So the moment I came to plan Z, I immediately thought of Zafrani referring the Saffron Flavoured Sandesh.
While there has been some handful of other Sandesh that I have already featured having this flavour, this Sandesh is only with just Saffron in more quantity. It hits you with that mild aromatic sweetness along with a tart sweet so unique of saffron strands. I wanted to keep this version with just this flavour, and hence didn’t use any nuts as well.
So each bite into this Sandesh will remind you of the rich saffron and freshness of the freshly kneaded chhana gets highlighted.
We have reached the last post in the series and as always, I can’t believe we have completed a whole month so quickly. It has been particularly easy for me this time. Mostly I am in so much hurry cooking in the last moment, changing list and the usual stuff. I was so elated when I picked up this theme and couldn’t wait to share with the world! A sense of achievement that comes when you have something worth enjoying, is something so different.
I hope all of you enjoyed this journey as much as I enjoyed the planning and cooking.
As with all Paneer Based Bengali Sweets, you need to make fresh soft Paneer/Chhana. Since this is blended you need not knead it fine as with the rest of the Sandesh types.
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
N for Nikhuti Payesh
O for Orange Sandesh
P for Pantua
Q for Quick Rasmalai
R for Rasgulla
S for Sita Bhog
T for Tota Puli
U for Utshob Sondesh
V for Vino Sandesh
W for White Chocolate Sandesh Truffle
X for X’citing Dark Chocolate Sandesh Truffle
Y for Yogurt Frozen Sandesh
Step by Step Pictures for making soft chhana for Bengali Sweets
Zafrani Sandesh | How to make Saffron Sandesh
1 cup Paneer / Chhana / Cottage Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar powdered
2 to 3 pinches Saffron Strands
2 tbsp Milk warm
Make the soft paneer/chhana that’s required for making Bengali Sweets
Once you drain the excess whey water, transfer to a plate/wide bowl.
Knead it for about 15 to 20 mins to get soft and smooth chhana.
Take the chhana after kneading and mix with sugar.
Soak the saffron in warm milk. Save few stands for garnish in the end.
Heat a nonstick pan, add the chhana along with saffron milk and the sugar if required.
Cook for 4 to 5 mins. We are not supposed to cook for long as chhana can crumble.
This should be just enough for us to mold it into shapes.
Remove, press a teaspoon of chhana into a square shaped molds. Garnish the top with saffron strands
Refrigerate for 30 mins. Serve chilled.