Rasmalai - 100th post


Rasmalai is a Bengali sweet made of cheese dumplings soaked in thick sweetened milk. Addition of saffron strands adds a delicate flavour and I am a fan of saffron. I particularly like saffron in almond dishes like badam kheer/ badam halwa.

This is a quick version of rasmalai using ready-made paneer. The end result was outstanding and I got perfect rasmalai. You can try this as a quick yet rich dessert. Disclaimer : This is a short- cut method and not the authentic way of doing rasmalai.

This post happens to be a milestone for my blog - yeah this marks the 100th post. The journey has been exciting so far and I have made some great friends, explored yummy food blogs, participated in cookery events/challenges and the best of all - discovered the chef in me.
I had always thought cooking is an ordeal but after I entered the kitchen, I realized it indeed is a joyful experience. The most exciting part of it is, after all the fun, you end-up with some great food to relish. The more you enjoy cooking, tastier is the food. Blogging my recipes has really helped me in terms of perfecting recipes, honing my culinary skills and of course, letting the world know that I can cook! Whenever I see someone hopping into my blog searching for a recipe, it gives a sense of contentment. I take this opportunity to thank every one of you, who cared to take a peek at my page.

Here's a little treat to celebrate the milestone!


Ingredients:

Paneer - 250 g (I used ready-made paneer from Indian stores)
Water - 5 cups
Sugar - 2.5 cups
Milk - 1 litre
Saffron strands a few
yellow color - a pinch (optional)
blanched almond slivers and pistachios to garnish

Method:
1) Mash the paneer and make a dough. My paneer was a little dry and I was not able to get a soft dough. So I quickly whipped it in a blender just for 5 to 10 seconds and voila I got wet/oily paneer.
If your paneer is fresh you can skip this whipping step. Make small balls out of the dough. Gently press in the center and shape it into patties.


2) Boil the water with 1.5 cups sugar. When the water starts boiling, slide in the patties, gently.
Cover the pan partially and cook for 10 to 15 min over medium flame till the size doubles.
3) Meanwhile, boil the milk till a little thick, mix sugar. Add the saffron and color.
4) Gently drop the cooked patties in the prepared milk. Garnish with almond slivers and pistachios.
5) Refrigerate and serve cool.


While I was about to post this entry, I came to know of this event happening @ chef in you.
Without even the slightest idea of the event, I expressed my liking for saffron in my post. Coincidence!
Needless to say, my rasmalai is off to JFI - Saffron.


34 comments:

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Congrats... dear.. Tats sure a treat for ur 100th Post!! may u reach many more milestones... ahead...
I was actually waiting for this milestone post.. and I knew we cud expect something spl..
I never knew.. rasmalai cud b made soo easily... I will sure try it.... :)

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Sandy!
Sure, try and let me know.

Priya said...

Wow congrats Vidya for reaching this milestone, wishing more and more beautiful things in this blogsphere yaar...Rasmalai looks rich, creamy and delicious, wat an excellent way to celebrate!!

kitchen queen said...

congrats on ur 100th post and wishing u many more posts in the future.The rasmalai looks yum and inviting.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Congrats on your 100th post. Rasmalai is awesome. I never knew it cud be so simple and easy to make. My daughters are surely going to love this. Got to try at home soon. Thanx for sharing.

Chitchat
http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

Sarah Naveen said...

Congrats on ur 100th post..Wat a great dish to celeberate it..Yummy..

Joe said...

You rock Vidya!! visiting your blog after a long time. It was a pleasant surprise! You rock buddy!!!

Mona said...

you made my mouth water!

Divya Vikram said...

Congrats on your milestone! Great way to celebrate it with a sweet!

jeyashrisuresh said...

congrats on ur 100th post.and rasamali looks great.My all time fav.I too tried this at home long back.nice click

lata raja said...

Congrats Sree! Great way to celebrate. You had made it sound so easy to make yummilicious rasmalai!

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. As I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter. You are welcome in my blogs.
Heartiest congratulations to you for your 100th post. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Rasmalai looks yummy and mouth watering.

Rohini said...

Hearty congrats da...Wish you many more such lovely milestones!!
I have been eyeing this Rasmalai for quite sometime, but wasnt quite sure..Thanks to ur recipe, I'm gonna try it soon.. :)
Lovely click dear!

Malar Gandhi said...

Congrats on ur 100th post and best recipe to celebrate ur day, dear. Who wouldnt love rasmalai...wonderful treat:) Yours look perfect, liked the 2nd picture...you've done it neatly:)

Madhurya Karthik said...

Hi Vidya,

Today is the first time i'm visiting ur blog. Very nice blog. Rasamalai is one of my favourite sweet. Will try at home for sure.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

congrats Vidya and wishing u many many more such milestones. and abt the rasamalai, who cares if its a shortcut method or not..all I want is my yummy share.

Anupama said...

Congrats on your 100th post! That is a great achievement.. wish you many more to come :). Rasamalai looks very tempting!

Parita said...

Congratulations!!! Rasmalai looks very inviting!

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Aruna Manikandan said...

Hi Vidya,
COngrats on ur 100th post..
Rasamalai looks yummy

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Sumathikarthikeyan said...

First of all Congrats for your 100th post.

I am happy to visit your blog in your 100th post.

Rasamalai looks yummy....

PriyaVaasu said...

Congrats!!! on your 100th post. Rasamalai looks yummy!!!

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Priya and kitchen queen for your recognition.

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Chitchat. Try and let me know.
Thanks Sarah, Mona, Divya for your sweet comments.

Sree vidya said...

Hey Joe, glad you like my blog.
Thanks for the comments. It indeed is a pleasant surprise for me!
Keep visting.
Thanks Lata and Jeyashri for your encouraging comments, as usual.

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Babli. So nice of you.
Thanks Rohini. Try and let me know.
Thanks Malar.
Hey Madhurya, glad that you hopped into my blog. Do try and keep coming back.

Sree vidya said...

Hey Subha, Parita & Anupama, thanks for your encouragement so far.You all make my day.

Sree vidya said...

Thanks Aruna.
Glad that you liked my blog and following it, Sumathi. Thanks.
Thanks Priya.

Pavithra said...

Congrats on your 100th post and the rasamalai looks awesome..my fav one.. looks so so so yummy.

Naarya said...

Sreeeee....i tried your recipe... check this out..
http://naarya.blogspot.com/2009/12/cheese-fiesta-ii-malai-kofta-and-ras.html

FoodLovers said...

i also loved the challenge looks perfect

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe......I tried it and it came wonderful.....just need to refrigerate and enjoy it....