Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.
Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only. Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets. I love the flavour of this jaggery.
Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.
This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
– Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.
Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.
Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.
Get some more sandesh recipes here.
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup
Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup
Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated
Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste
Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Grate the jaggery.
Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.
Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.
Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.
Cook on low flame, stir continuously.
Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.
Don’t make it too dry.
Add cardamom powder.
Let the mixture cool down.
Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.
Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.
If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.
Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.
Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.
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