Ras Malai – Recipe

Last Saturday, I had invited my eight months pregnant friend over for dinner. When inquired about her cravings, she replied that she desperately craves for sweets. I wanted to make some special dessert for her and decided to make ras-malai. Ras Malai is a Bengali sweet – primarily comprising of two main ingredients – where “ras” means juice, and “malai” means cream. It is a widely known dessert in India and Pakistan. She absolutely relished the ras-malai and went for second helping too! 🙂

Recipe is fairly simple. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

Ricotta Cheese – 15 oz or 1 box

Powdered Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cardamom – 4  pieces – powdered

Whole milk – 3 cups

Condensed milk – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Almonds & Pistachio – chopped, grounded for granishing

 

Procedure for making ricotta discs

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and cardamom.
  3. Grease a muffin pan and distribute the above mixture into it.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Perform tooth prick test to confirm accurate baking.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Procedure for making syrup

  1. In the sauce pan, pour the whole milk, condensed milk, and allow to boil in low flame. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to this mixture and allow it to simmer until it reaches desired consistency.
  2. Powder 2 cardamom with a spoonful of sugar and add it to this mixture.
  3. Add a pinch of saffron, along with little bit of chopped almonds and pistachio.
  4. Remove from stove, and allow the mixture to cool down at room temperature, before adding the ricotta discs to it.
  5. Garnish with almonds and pistachio.
  6. Refrigerate for two hours.
  7. Serve cold.

RASMALAI

 

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