Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it.
This Bengali delicacy sandesh is very easy to make.
You can make your occasion special with this delicious sweet.
I made these in two different flavours.
One with sugar and other with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. I have shared the pictures of two types of sandesh above.
It needs only two ingredients. Paneer/cottage cheese and sugar or jaggery.
In sugar version we need little cardamom powder for flavour.
You can add any essence or fruit purees of your choice. Or you can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to make chocolate sandesh. I have already shared the recipe of chocolate sandesh.
Recipe of sugar sandesh and date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh is same. Its very easy to make.
I used mould to shape them. If you don’t have mould simply roll like a ball and press lightly with your palm.
You can decorate them with chopped pistachio, almonds or tutti fruity.
I made it with home made paneer/cottage cheese. Paneer should be soft. We have to knead it for more smooth and soft texture. You can use a grinder too for quick result.
We need cardamom powder for sugar sandesh only. Date palm jaggery is very flavourful so I didn’t used any flavour in it.
Add sugar according to your taste. First add less, taste after mixing then add more if require.
Paneer/cottage cheese out of 1 liter milk.
Date palm jaggery or sugar – 1/4 cup or to taste
Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Take the paneer in a large plate. Knead with your palm for 4-5 minutes till the paneer/cottage cheese becomes smooth.
Add the sugar or jaggery knead for another 3-4 minutes. You can use food processor or mixer grinder to make it smooth.
Now cook the mixture on a nonstick or heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes. Cook till it becomes dough like consistency.
Don’t overcook, mixture shouldn’t be dry.
Add cardamom powder if making sugar sandesh.
Let it cool. Nead again to get a smooth texture. You can grind it too.
Shape them in a greased mould or make small balls and shape it as you like.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.