December 31, 2005


Sandesh is one of the most popular, oldest, and traditional desserts in India. It's origin is considered to be from West Bengal and Gujarat where it is very popular even today especially during all the festival and auspicious occasions. Sandesh is traditionally prepared from only three ingredients: homemade cheese, sugar, and cardamom. It is so easy to prepare and you will really love the experience of cooking sandesh and its royal taste in your entire lifetime.

Sandesh recipe
Preparation time – 20 minutes
Yield – 12 one-inch square pieces

Milk – ½ liter
Lime juice – 2 teaspoons
Sugar – 1 cup, powdered and sifted
Cardamoms – 3, finely powdered
Ghee or butter – to smear the 6-inch rimmed plate

Method: Covert the boiling milk to paneer/channa by adding the lime juice. More detailed explanation about homemade paneer aka Indian cheese is given in this page. Mash the channa till it is as smooth as possible. Add the sugar to it. Put this mixture into a shallow vessel stirring constantly over low heat. The mixture will first turn liquidy and then start thickening. When the mixture becomes a creamy thick paste and leaves the sides of the vessel, stir in the cardamom powder and put into the ghee-smeared plate. When cool, cut into pieces. Enjoy sandesh on this auspicious new year 2006.

Bringing the ingredients together...

Marcela has invited us to participate in a virtually fun holiday gathering and has asked us to share our new year eve's dinner recipes and photos. This event is co-hosted by Marcela's wonderful friends, Melissa, Cannella, and Elvira. We are taking our traditional dessert Sandesh to the party. Hope everyone likes this at the party. Cheers!



Blogger Marcela said...

Thank you Vijay! For coming to the party and for this wonderful dessert...
Happy new year!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous, VKN. I didn't that Sandesh was prepared from paneer. Definitely going to give a try this new year. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Blogger Admin said...

HAppy new year pal.. and that sandesh looks awesome, I don't know if i can make it??

Blogger Dorian Nieto said...

Just...hummmmm !!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog thanks to the New Year's blogging party ... I love Indian food but have been too intimidated to try making it at home; you make it sound so easy!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vijay, I too just discovered your blog via Menu for Hope and now your Sandesh recipe from Chef Melissa's blog and I find your recipes fascinating and seemingly so simple. I didn't realize making paneer was as easy as it is. I can't wait to try this recipe.

Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Great recipe I love the pictures, looks delicious. :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello - found your blog via "Eat Like A Girl". Looks fantastic. I shall be trying Sandesh soon!


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