Hazelnut Chocolate Sandesh

Hazelnut chocolate Sandesh or sondesh.
Sandesh with the flavour and taste of hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Stuffed with grated chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Taste is super yummy.

Sandesh is a sweet of Bengal made of chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. Homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese is best to make sandesh. You can make paneer with vinegar, lemon juice or curd. If you want to make paneer with lemon juice or vinegar for sweet dish then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of lemon or vinegar. So I always make paneer for sweet dish with curd. And for savoury dishes you can make with lemon juice or vinegar.

For sandesh paneer should be mashed well with sugar to make smooth. Then cooked on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. It shouldn’t be overcooked. If overcooked mixture will become crumbly. You can add any flavour of your choice.

Earlier shared some sandesh recipes with different flavours.

1. Carrot sandesh

2. Sugar free date sandesh

3. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

4. Coconut and date palm jaggery sandesh

5. Chocolate sandesh

6. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

7. Paan sandesh

8. Sandesh

9. Mango steamed sandesh

10. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

11. Watermelon sandesh

12. Cake sandesh

13. Chocolate coconut sandesh

14. Kesar pista sandesh

15. Mango sandesh

16. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

17. Orange steamed sandesh

18. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

This time made the sandesh with a completely different flavour. Yes its a fusion recipe. Because Monday again and we bloghop members sharing some Indian dessert with continental ingredients. At first I have decided to skip this week because I am not at home now. So planning to participate again after reaching home. But my daughter said you have hazelnut so why not try hazelnut sandesh. Loved the idea. I have used hazelnut and chocolate in smoothie. And loved the taste so here is a sandesh with hazelnut and chocolate.

205 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MithaiMeTwist suggestd by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. Visit her space for different types of authentic and innovative recipes. I always love her Odia dessert recipes . Tried one and bookmarked some to try.

Hazelnut chocolate sandesh is stuffed with grated dark chocolate and dipped in melted chocolate with coffee. Sounds delicious isn’t it 😊
So try this hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavoured sandesh and enjoy the heavenly taste. Picture courtesy my daughter Suchismita.

Recipe

Milk – 3 & 1/2 cup

Curd – 4 – 6 tablespoon

Hazelnut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 4 tablespoon

Vanilla essence 1/4 teaspoon

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon, heaped

Instant coffee powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Almond – 4 – 5, dry roasted and slivered

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat.

3. Add 4 tablespoon whisked curd and stir. Add 1 – 2 tablespoon curd more or as require to curdle the milk completely. Its depends on the sourness of the curd. I have used fresh curd which is not sour at all so I had to add 6 tablespoon. First add 4 tablespoon, stir and add more if require.

4. You can make the paneer with vinegar or lemon juice but then you have to rinse the paneer well under running water to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon. I always use curd to make paneer for sweet dishes and vinegar and lemon juice for savoury dishes.

5. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Hang the cheesecloth for 1 – 2 hours to drain out all the water.
Get the detailed method to make paneer or cottage cheese here.

7. Dry roast the hazelnut till fragrant. Don’t make brown. When it starts to change it’s colour remove from heat and place on a plate.

8. When roasted hazelnut cool down grind it into a fine powder.

9. Take out the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash the paneer with your fingers and heel of your palm to make smooth. You can use your food processor to make the paneer smooth.

10. Add powder sugar and mixed.
Knead the paneer well to make smooth.

11. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan. Add powdered sugar mixed smooth paneer and ground roasted hazelnut.

12. Cook on low heat and stir continuously. Add vanilla essence and mix.

13. Don’t increase the heat cook on low flame.
Cook till the paneer leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Don’t overcook. Mixture may be grainy if overcook.

14. Remove from heat and mash with your palm or back of a spoon when warm.

15. Knead the paneer mixture again to make smooth.

16. Make small balls. I have made 6 balls.

17. Flatten the ball and place 1/4 teaspoon grated chocolate in the middle.

18. Bring together all the edges, close and make a ball again.

19. Press the ball gently with your palm. Don’t make flat just press gently to give shape.

20. Make a small dent in the middle with your finger. Make all the balls or sandesh this way.

21. Keep the sandesh in refrigerator.

22. Melt remaining grated chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds.

23. Add coffee powder and give a good stir.

24. Dip half of the sandesh in melted chocolate or coat half portion of the sandesh with a spoon.

25. Place some dry roasted and slivered almond in the middle. You can garnish the sandesh with slivered pistachio. I don’t have pistachio so place a green colour sunflower seed to add some colour.

26. Chill the sandesh in refrigerator for 30 minutes or more before serving.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.
Sandesh can be stored in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

Note
You can use any nut of your choice instead of hazelnut.

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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

Cured by bacon

According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Saffron Pistachio Sandesh Panna Cotta / Guest Post By Bejaya Sinha 


Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta.

Its a guest post and 200th post on my blog. My recipe sharing journey started with food group ‘Chef At Large’. And I am very happy to share this recipe of a very talented member of this group.

 

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin or agar agar and moulded. Literally meaning of panna cotta is cooked or thickened cream. And this Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta is a fusion recipe. You can taste panna cotta in Bengali sandesh.

 

This is a guest post by Bejaya Sinha. We met each other in a food group Chef At Large.  She always amazed me with her delicious recipes and excellent photographs. She is an awesome home cook. Bejaya has shared many of her innovative recipes in food group.

Impressed by her photography skill and innovative recipes I have requested her to make a guest post for my readers.

So here is a delicious dessert for you. Thank you so much Bejaya for this awesome recipe.

 

Now lets see what Bejaya said about this recipe.

“Kesar Pista Sandesh Panna cotta.

An innovative fusion of Sandesh &Panna cotta.

Absolutely creamy & delicious sweet made with agar agar.

Dedicated to my mother who was an excellent cook..

I have learnt cooking from her specially sandesh.. She used to pack homemade sandesh in our tiffin box and all my friends were crazy about that sandesh..

Now my kids also love sandesh.”

Its a single serving recipe you can make double or more.

 

Recipe 


Soft paneer or cottage cheese – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder 1 teaspoon

Sugar – teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Cream – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Agar agar powder – a big pinch

Pistachio – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Method 


Its a single serving recipe. You can make it double or more.
Mash 1 tablespoon sotf paneer or cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon milk powder, 2 teaspoon sugar till smooth.

Boil 2 tablespoon milk &1 tablespoon cream and a pinch of Saffron together. Add a big pinch of agag agar powder.

Whisk till smooth.. Add paneer mix, cardamom powder and, 1/2 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Mix well.

In a greased mould add 1/4 teaspoon chopped pistachio. Pour panna cotta mix.

Chill for 2 hours in refrigerator.

Unmould and serve.

Add some cream mixed with kesar on top.

You can adjust sugar as per taste.

Enjoy………

Orange Crinkle Cookies Or Nankhatai 


Orange crinkle cookies or Indian shortbread biscuits or nankhatai.

If you are tired of eating same type of cookies try this fusion cookies. A mix match of orange flavoured crinkle cookies and shortbread  biscuits or nankhatai. I am sure you will love the taste even if you don’t like orange. I have tried it first time and everyone love the taste. I have to make one more batch 😀

This week’s our #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #fusion recipe. And my contribution is this super yummy crispy orange cookies.

Fusion cooking allows us to mix and match ingredients cooking style and recipes. And come up with a new and more delicious dish.

Nankhatai is Indian shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit. These nankhatai are known for it’s divine taste and melt in mouth texture.

Crinkle cookies are coated with powdered sugar and while baking they puff up and crackle. So these cookies are called crinkle cookies.

And here is a mix match of orange crinkle cookies and nanakhatai or Indian short bread.

Recipe 


Flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Powered sugar – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Orange zest – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Powered sugar for coating

Method 


Grind the oats and mix with flour. I have used 1/2 cup all purpose flour/maida and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only whole wheat flour/atta or only all purpose flour/maida too.

Grate the orange peel for orange zest. Be careful while grating. Grate only the orange part and not the white pith. Because white pith is bitter in taste.

Grind the cashew nuts and keep aside.

Cream together clarified butter/ghee or butter. I have used ghee or clarified butter. You can use butter if you like. Mix orange zest and half of the orange juice.  Beat well.

Add oats powder mixed flour, baking powder, soda and ground cashew nuts.

Make a smooth dough with remaining orange juice. Mix orange juice gradually.

Dough will be soft and sticky. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Spread powdered sugar on a plate.

Make small balls out of the dough, roll on powdered sugar and place on baking tray 1 to 2 inch apart. Keep the tray in refrigerator again for 10 – 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180° for 10 minutes.

Take out the baking tray from refrigerator.

Roll the balls on powdered sugar again. Press gently on powdered sugar. Place the balls on baking tray 1 – 2 inch distance.

Cookies will expand so don’t forget to keep distance.

Bake at preheated oven at 180° for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time so check after 10 minutes.

Don’t overbake.

Let the cookies cool down before serving. Cookies will be soft when hot but they will turn crisp as they cool down. Store in an airtight container for later use.

Enjoy the divine taste. Serve with tea or coffee or satisfy your sudden hunger pangs.

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