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Sandesh 1 - Paneer Cheese Sweet From Calcutta

Sandesh 1 - Baked

Sunita Gupta

Note from Mamta; This easy recipe from my sister in-law Sunita. It probably comes from her mother, late Mrs. Vinodini Rastogi. This is one of a multitude of sweets made from paneer cheese or chena in India.

Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk

  • Juice of 1 lemon (bottled variety will do)

  • 3/4 cup milk powder

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • A handful of flaked almonds

  • 5-6 green pistachio grated/chopped finely

  • 5-6 green cardamoms, seeds removed and powdered

Instructions

  1. Boil milk in a pan.

  2. Add lemon juice, a little at a time, until milk curdles (solids and whey separate). This solid is paneer.

  3. Drain paneer in a strainer for 5-7 minutes. Discard liquid.

  4. While still hot, place paneer, powder milk, cardamom powder and sugar on a plate or a work surface and knead thoroughly. It should have a granular consistency.

  5. Add almonds, saving a few for garnish, and mix well.

  6. Spread evenly in a lined and greased baking tray by pressing with a flat spoon or your palms.

  7. Sprinkle remaining nuts as garnish.

  8. Bake in a medium hot oven, 350º F/175º C, until it looks lightly brown.

  9. Cool.

  10. Cut into small pieces.

  11. Serve at room temperature.

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