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Friday, July 4, 2008

Rasamalai - Traditional Indian Sweet/Dessert

Rasamalai is a traditional sweet dish of Indian cuisine. It is also a part of Pakistan and Bangladesh cuisine too. Very tasty sweet dish that can be loved by anyone.

For Malai:

Milk - 1/2 litre (For best results use creamy milk)
Lemon juice - 3 tablespoons
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk powder / plain flour - 1-2 tablespoons
Water - 2 cups

For flavoured Milk:
Milk - 1/2 litre
Sugar - 1/2 cup or as required
Cardamom powder - 1 teaspoon
Saffron - a pinch (soaked in warm water/milk)
Sliced Nuts for garnishing (Almonds, Cashew, Pistachios, etc)
Rose essence - 2-3 drops

For Malai:

Take a thick bottomed pan and heat milk. Allow it to boil well. Reduce the flame, add lemon juice slowly, stirring the milk.

Curd starts forming and keep stirring slowly, until all the milk turns solid and water separates out.

Put off the flame and strain the curd. Use a clean muslin/cotton cloth to collect the solid part. This is called paneer or cottage cheese.

Run the cloth with paneer in water, so that it gets washed and removes the smell of lemon.

Then twist cloth tightly, so that it lets out even the last drop of water.

Knead it to make a smooth dough. Add very little milk powder or plain flour, if you feel it watery.
Once it is smooth, make into small balls. Press the balls between hands so that it becomes flat and keep aside.

Heat 1 cup of sugar in 2 cups of water and allow it to boil.

Once it starts boiling, reduce the flame and add the flat balls one by one slowly into it.

Let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Balls will puff up and start floating on the surface, that indicates it is cooked.

Take them carefully one by one and keep aside.

For flavoured milk:
Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan and allow it boil.

Stir it continuously until the volume reduces to half and becomes thick.

Add sugar, cardamom powder, saffron water/milk and stir well, until sugar dissolves (5-10 minutes).

Put off the flame and allow it to cool for some time. Once it is warm, add rose essence and mix well.

Then add the cheese balls one by one slowly.

Garnish it with nuts and allow it to cool completely.

Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Cooking time : 1 hour
Makes 6-8 balls.

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Priti said...

Ahhh...my favorite is rasa malaiii .......It's mouth watering..I'm drooling over your rasamalai now...waw so gud...hmm decided what you going to make for me !!

rekhas kitchen said...

yennapa ippidi vayila tanni varavekkiringa mmmmmmmmmm it is sooooooo yummy vani what to do now I feel like to eat it now Iam a big big lover of rasamali it is simpley great vani

notyet100 said...

wow,,,have been thinking of preparin rasmalai,,,fromlong,..thnks for the recipe,,,will sure prepare this ,.mybe today itself,..;-)

Illatharasi said...

OMG, so mny rasamalai fans ...... :)

@ Priti, @ ur service mam, tell me your order........

@ Rekha, I did this a month ago.... you guys ah.... making me to tempt again...

@ Priyanka, keep 4 pieces of my share.... I will come and eat ;)

sowmya said...

they look really good..i am thinking of making it froma very long time.. Btw . i made cocnut milk pulao yday..will post it soon...

Mrs.SriLekha said...

wow what a coincidence vani.. i prepared rasamalai yesterday at home.. urs rasamalai is looking delicious dear

Illatharasi said...

@ Thanks Sowmya, how was the pulao?

@ So where's rasamalai sri? I made it a month ago;)

rekhas kitchen said...

he he he going to cook now hubby veetila illai

Mrs.SriLekha said...

where is my part of rasamalai from ur kitchen vani? u have accepted me as ur friend thru that award then where is the treat for me? i love icecreams so give me icecream treat a day

kamala said...

looks so yummy Vani..Came out perfect

Asha said...

Perfect Indian dessert, looks so yummy. Good post Vani. Have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday!:))

Jil Jil said...

I never had rasmalai before. After seeing this I think I must try.

Ramya Bala said...

hey ithu too much-u....morning-pacha thanni kooda kudikaama unga post chk panina,rasamalai-ya???Good part is u also can't taste it...hehheee

Priti said...

hehehe enna madam...epadida panvigala, thanni kooda kudiki matilanga? But Ramaya She has already mention that she made it 1month back !!

Illatharasi said...

@ Jil Jil, dont worry, specially I will make for you ;)

Illatharasi said...

@ Rekha, hmmm.... seekirama samachi posta podunga;)

@ Sri.... ok ok, i will make icecream and send u a special parcel

@ Kamala, thanks, first time I made, but it was very nice :)

@ Asha, you too have a great weekend.... but I will posting everyday for this whole month :(

@ Ramya, enna oru nalla ennam..... pallu kooda theikama.... systema.... vara vara intha bloggers vevasthaiye illama.... system munnadi varanga.... ;) ennayum serthuthan.... thookam varala... so thought of replying the comments ;)

@ Priti, come home... i will give u this.... 1 month old....;)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

oh, wow vani, that sure looks delicious..only recently did i taste this yummy dessert for the first time, now i am always craving it!! even yesterday i was telling hus, who rolled his eyes when he heard that!! ;-)

Illatharasi said...

Yeah JZ, its very tasty..... anybody will love it:) .... so are you making it today?;)


yummy rsamalai ..

Illatharasi said...

Thanks veg plat.....

Sunshinemom said...

Lovely rasmalai, Illa! Drool, slurp....

Mrs.SriLekha said...

wow thanks vani.. waiting at my doorsteps itself for ur yummy icecream parcel....

Priti said...

I'm not in dream world dear...I tried your version of rasa malai...and I followed the same procedure as written..but malai cameout very hard..notall soft..What do you think the reason should be?

Illatharasi said...

You need to knead them nicely, before you put in hot water for cooking.... again when you cook, it will become soft.... it wasn't soft when you cook?

Pradeep said...

Wonderful Job u r dng...Great, pls continue doing the same