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:
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
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and cardamom.
- Grease a muffin pan and distribute the above mixture into it.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes. Perform tooth prick test to confirm accurate baking.
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Procedure for making syrup
- 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.
- Powder 2 cardamom with a spoonful of sugar and add it to this mixture.
- Add a pinch of saffron, along with little bit of chopped almonds and pistachio.
- Remove from stove, and allow the mixture to cool down at room temperature, before adding the ricotta discs to it.
- Garnish with almonds and pistachio.
- Refrigerate for two hours.
- Serve cold.