Carrot flavoured sweet with all the goodness of carrot, paneer or cottage cheese and evaporated/dried milk or khoya/mawa.
Sandesh (Bengali: Shôndesh Hindi: ) is a dessert, originating from the Bengal region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena or paneer(which is made by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it) instead of milk itself. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it pranahara (literally, heart ‘stealer’) which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.
Source – Wikipedia
One more recipe to celebrate world carrot day. I have already shared delicious Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake.
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Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Generations of parents have told their children: “Eat your carrots, they are good for you,” or “Carrots will help you see in the dark.”
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
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Here is a delicious sweet Carrot sandesh. Already shared different flavoured sandesh on this blog.
10. Cake sandesh
13. Mango sandesh
15. Steamed sandesh
Today I have noticed that I didn’t share carrot flavoured sandesh yet. And its Word Carrot Day today. So after carrot cake here is a delicious carrot flavoured sweet carrot sandesh or gajar sandesh or gajorer sondesh.
Very easy to make and delicious. I have paneer or cottage cheese and khoya/mawa or dried milk ready so quickly made it and everyone enjoyed the heavenly taste.
I have used only 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter but if you like you can use 1- 2 teaspoon more ghee or unsalted butter.
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled
Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup
Grated carrot – 1 cup
Milk – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon
Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon
Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon
1. Grind the grated carrot. Don’t add water. We don’t want smooth paste, just grind to make coarse paste.
2. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk and sugar in your mixer grinder or blender to make smooth. I have used homemade soft paneer. Get the method of making paneer and khoya here.
3. Heat ghee or unsalted butter in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. I have used only 1 teaspoon but if you want you can use 1 – 2 teaspoon more.
4. Add ground carrot and fry for a minute. Add milk and let it boil.
Reduce the heat and cook on simmer. Keep stirring.
5. When the carrot will be about to dried up add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix and cook till dried up completely.
6. Add blended paneer, khoya and sugar mixture.
7. Mix and cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.
8. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.
9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
10. Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down.
11. Knead the mixture well to make it smooth.
12. Make small balls. I have made 20 balls.
13. Shape the balls with a mould. I have used this mould.
14. But if you don’t have mould then you can spread the mixture in a greased plate. Let it set for 15 – 30 minutes. Cut in your desired shape.
15. Serve in room temperature or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can store it in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.
If you want more carrot flavour add 2 cup grated carrot. Also increase the amount of ghee or unsalted butter.
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