When you are born a Bengali then
by no way can you keep yourself away from sweets and desserts. And when you
think about Bong sweets the first visual that can come to your mind is the ‘rasgullas’
or ‘Roshogolla’ as we call it with
the famous Bengali ‘O’ pronunciation.
But the problem is when you are a
drifted Bengali living in some other city you don’t get a regular dose of these
whenever you want. There are many Bengali sweet shops in Bangalore now-a-days,
with chains like K C Das and Bancharam having their outlets in the city. But it’s
difficult to go to these shops and get fresh stuffs. And none of them seem to
have anything in Electronic City – they need to see the Bengali population
here, may be then they’ll know. Anyways I have figured out a non-descriptive
Bengali sweet joint in EC who makes good ‘singara’
(samosa) and ‘roshogollas’.
But again, what’s better than
home cooked fresh rasgullas? I had never done this before. And this recipe is
essentially my Dad’s recipe. Did I tell you guys my dad’s a great cook?
Actually most of the male members of my family are great cooks (my family not
husband’s). But the more interesting thing is my Dad learnt it from his British
house sergeant when he was practicing in UK!! Love for food makes people do so
You need to keep in mind few
things. They are not exceptionally sweet but are spongy. You can have them
chilled or even warm. And you can use rasgullas in other desert as well as in ‘Roshogollar
payesh’, ‘Roshomalai’ and some more. Any ways let’s get on to making these little
cuties. This is going to be a step by step break up recipe. So Enjoy.
Whole Milk – 1 litre
Sugar – 11/2 cup
Water – 4 cups
Lemon juice – 1/4 cup diluted with 1 teaspoon water
See that’s all you need. 4 simple
ingredients that everyone has in their pantry.
There are lots of tips for each step so read through them.
1. Boil milk in a large vessel.
[Try taking whole milk or full cream milk and not toned or low fat
milk. Full cream milk will yield more cottage cheese and you will get more
|Milk boils faster when you boil in a large broad vessel|
2. Once the milk is boiled wait for 1
minute so that the steam goes away and then add the lemon juice. We need to
curdle the milk.
After a minute you can see the
milk separating into cheese and water.
[Look out for the light greenish liquid on top. When you spot that you
know the milk has curdled. DO not hurry in straining out and let the milk
separate as much as possible. This way you won’t waste any milk and will yield more
|Let the milk curdle properly to avoid wastage|
3. Take a clean muslin cloth and put
it on a vessel. Strain the cheese on this muslin cloth, make a small parcel out
of it, press and drain all the water out.
[It will be hot at this moment so be careful]
|Draining the liquid out is very important|
4. We have to wash the cheese in
clean water to take out the lemon flavor. Rinse the cheese in the muslin cloth
under running water and drain all the water out.
[You can hang this somewhere for 5-10 mins, as you would do for hung
curd to drain all the water out]
Now comes the tricky part. You
have to mix the cheese well o that there are no lumps and it is all smooth.
5. Mash the cheese well for 10
minutes. Keep it on your work board and keep mashing the cheese till it goes
Separate the cheese in equal
parts. Make small round balls and keep aside. 1 litre whole milk will give you
[You need to press them will with your fingers first and then go on to
make the balls. This way you will be packing them tight. Or else you can see
cracks in them. Keep your hands vertically parallel and make the round balls.
This way you will not add pressure from the top and they will be perfectly round.]
|Make the balls smaller, they will double in size once cooked|
6. Now we need to cook these balls
in sugar syrup.
Heat 4 cups of water in a cooker
and add 1 cup of sugar
[Add only 1 cup of sugar at this stage, the other half a cup we will
use latter. Please take care that you do not make this syrup very thick right
now. The rasgullas will not cook if this becomes thick like a ‘chasni’ or a
7. Once heated add the cheese balls,
cover and cook for 5 minutes.
[Be very careful of the timing, if you over cook or undercook it will
become very hard. You can put a timer if you want]
8. Take out the steam, open the lid
and transfer the rasgullas in bowl along with little syrup about 11/2 table
spoon syrup . Don’t keep without the syrup else it will stick and
[You will see the balls have doubled in size]
9. Add the rest of the sugar in the
cooker and make the syrup that you will have with the “Roshogolla’. Add the syrup to the bowl once done. The cooked roshogollas will float in this syrup and you know they are done.
|Roshogolla done. Now time to Enjoy|
So in about half an hour your
little please balls are made.
Go ahead and try out, it’s quite
simple. You need to take care of the tips mostly to get perfect spongy ‘Roshogollas’
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Until next time, Cheers!