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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Hazelnut Honey Chocolate Mango Smoothie

Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie.
Healthy delicious chocolaty and creamy smoothie. You can also serve it as a chilled dessert. Enjoy the chocolaty and lip-smacking taste.
I have already shared lots of smoothies on this blog. Get the recipes here.

If you are vegan use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or any non dairy milk of your choice. Also dairy milk can be used. Choice is yours but I love coconut milk in my smoothies. Use any milk and enjoy the heavenly taste.
We already discussed about chocolate, mango and honey. This time used hazelnut in this smoothie. We loved the mixed taste of hazelnut, chocolate and mango. If you don’t have mango, you can use apple, banana, pear or any fruit.

Hazelnuts make a tasty snack and are a great addition to many dishes. When a person includes them in a balanced, calorie-controlled diet, the nuts also provide several health benefits.
Hazelnuts contain:
vitamin E, healthful fat, protein and dietary fiber.
Eating more hazelnuts may improve a person’s health in a variety of ways.

Hazelnuts may:

1. Support bowel movements
2. Reduce weight gain
3. Protect against cell damage
4. Lower levels of harmful cholesterol
5. Improve insulin sensitivity
6. Support heart health
7. Reduce inflammation
8. Improve sperm count
Source

Mango season is about to end so check out some more mango recipes on this blog.

1. Black rice pudding and mango parfait

2. Mango walnut choco chips muffins

3. Dairy free mango pineapple smoothie

4. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

5. Mango rasgulla

6. Mango cobbler cookies

7. Mango steamed sandesh or aam bhapa sondesh

8. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

9. Vegan mango peach pear smoothie

10. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

11. Mango litchi fudge or barfi

12. Eggless no bake no gelatin no butter mango cheesecake

13. Paneer or cottage cheese and mango smoothie

14. Mango kalakand

15. Mango sandesh

16. Mango banana smoothie

17. Eggless mango mug cake

18. Mango coconut and flax seed smoothie

I have used everything chilled to make this smoothie. You can add some ice cubes if you want. Sweetness is perfect for me. If you like your smoothie more sweet, taste after blending. Add 1 teaspoon more honey if require. You can also use cashew nuts, almond or any nuts of your choice.

Recipe

Hazelnut – 4 tablespoon, roasted

Honey – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup, coconut, soy, almond or dairy

Chocolate – 4 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Mango – 1 cup, cubed

Method

1. Dry roast the hazelnut on a pan till fragrant if you have unroasted hazelnut.

2. In a blender add roasted hazelnut, cubed mango, grated or finely chopped chocolate and honey.

3. Blend and add milk. You can also add some ice cubes if you want.

4. Blend till smooth and frothy. Taste and add little more honey if require and blend again.

5. Pour the mixture into a glass. Top with grated chocolate and mango.
Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled as a dessert.

Notes
1. Vegan people can use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or any milk of your choice.
2. You can use apple, banana, pear or any fruit instead of mango.
2. Cashew nuts, almond or any nuts can be used in this smoothie.

Sending this post to two groups.
This month time for A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter H. And I have made this smoothie with double H, honey and hazelnut.

Monday again and this week’s 202 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #KuchMeethaHoJaye suggested by Renu Agrawal Dongre who blog at Cook with Renu. Do visit her space for some awesome recipes. This week we have to share a recipe with chocolate.

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Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Or Barfi

Wishing everyone a very happy new year. Have a great year ahead.
357th post and my first post of the year.
Thanks a lot to all my readers for your  encouragement, love and support.
First day of the year so sharing a mouthwatering sweet recipe. Chocolate cardamom fudge or barfi.
One sweet with two different flavour and taste. One half is rose and cardamom and other half is full of chocolate flavour. Interesting isn’t it 😊

You may like some more fudge or barfi recipes on this blog.

Chocolate burfi or fudge

Apple coconut fudge

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

Date walnut fudge

This chocolate cardamom fudge is very easy to make and perfect for your parties or get together. Or make it to satisfy your sweet carving. Homemade is always best.
I have used homemade khoya and paneer. You can use store bought. Just grate before using.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Khoya or dried milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose essence or rose water – 2 drop

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon

Pistachios to garnish

Ghee to greasing the plate

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

2. Blend khoya and paneer in a blender. Get the khoya paneer recipe here.

3. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan and add khoya paneer mixture and sugar.

4. Mix well and cook on low medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. When the mixture comes together and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Don’t make it too dry.

6. Let the mixture cool down.
Mix well and Knead with hand to make smooth.

7. Make two part of the mixture.
Add cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water onto the half portion. Mix well.

8. Add Cocoa powder into the other half portion and mix well.

9. On the greased plate spread cardamom and rose essence mixed mixture. Make a layer with a spatula or your hand.

10. Now spread Cocoa powder mixed mixture over it. Press gently with a spatula or your hand.

11. Sprinkle sliced pistachio over it.
Keep the plate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape and serve.
Or store in refrigerator for later use.

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Gulkand Stuffed Chocolate Modak

Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak.
Ganesh Chaturthi won’t be complete without Lord Ganesha’s favourite modak. Today sharing a kids favourite modak.
A very delicious melt in mouth modak. Chocolate and Gulkand are a great combo. Two different taste and flavour made these modak superbly delicious.

I don’t have modak mould so made with hands. Shape is not perfect but believe me, taste is too good. Try it, it will be lip-smacking and loved by kids and adults both.
Normally modak is a sweet dumpling stuffed with coconut and jaggery. It may be steamed or fried.

But here is simple and easy recipe. You don’t need to steam or fry.
You can get one more easy and quick modak recipe here.
Quick dry fruit modak

My daughter called me and said she just bought some delicious Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak. I don’t know how they made it. Now here is my version of delicious Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak.

Have some biscuit crumb in your pantry? No don’t discard you can make this yummy modak with biscuit crumb. I have used digestive biscuit crumb but you can use whatever you have. I have used homemade khoya or dried milk. But you can also use store bought, just grate it before using.

Recipe

Khoya – 1 cup, crumbled or grated

Condensed milk – 4 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/3 cup

Biscuit crumb – 3/4 cup

Ghee – 1 teaspoon + for greasing the mould

Gulkand as require

Method

1. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan.

2. Add khoya or dried milk and roast on low heat till dried up. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

3. Now add condensed milk, cocoa powder, milk and biscuit crumb. Mix well.

4. Stir constantly and cook on low flame till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough.

5. Don’t overcook or make it too dry. It should be just like a smooth dough.
Let the mixture cool down.

6. Knead the dough with your hand to make smooth. Now make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm and place little Gulkand at the middle.

7. Bring the edges together and close the ball.

8. Shape the modak with your hand or greased modak mould. Serve or keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. It will be delicious in both ways.

Notes

1. If you want your modak more sweet, then you can add 1 tablespoon more condensed milk.

2. You can use grated dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Sandesh 

Happy bhai duj to every brother and sister. May success and joy be yours every day.

Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in bihar and central india. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a tika on the brother’s forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai duj signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts.

Source – Wikipedia

Presenting a yummy sweet recipe for this auspicious occasion.

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. You can make it with different flavours.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

You don’t need much ingredients to make this sandesh. A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy

 

 

Recipe


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 3 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

White choco chips or pistachio to garnish

Method


Mix paneer, milk powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder on a plate.

Get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.

Knead with your palm until smooth.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat.

Don’t overcook. It shouldn’t be too dry or crumbled.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Again knead it till smooth. I have used mixer grinder to make it smooth. Blend or knead with your palm again.

Make small balls.

Shape them with a mould and place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Or press the balls gently. Place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Serve soft delicious chocolate sandesh immediately or keep in refrigerator for later and serve chilled.

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Chocolate Burfi Or Fudge 


Chocolate burfi or fudge.

Have you seen ‘Bareilly ki burfi’ movie? I didn’t. But read too much about it in local newspapers. All the famous sweet shops of Bareilly have some stories about their burfi. Some stories are about Priyanka Chopra, how she loves the particular burfi of a particular shop etc.

Read the story in short of this film in internet. Film is good but not burfi its all about a novel 😀

Copy pasting the story for you.

Amongst the cluster of homes in Bareilly, India resides the amusing Mishra family. The only ‘life loving’ daughter of theirs – Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) works at the electricity board, is a casual smoker, watches English movies and loves breakdance. Bitti’s free spiritedness does not translate in finding a suitable groom and she resigns to being a misfit in this small-town – Bareilly. The complexities of getting married and feeling pressured, impulsive Bitty decides to run away from home. At the railway book stall, she stumbles upon a novel called ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’. Surprisingly the female protagonist of the novel reads exactly like her.

Now tell me where is the burfi? 😂

Leave it. Here is a delicious burfi recipe for you direct from Bareilly 😊

You don’t need much ingredients to make it. You need only khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder,  sugar, vanilla essence and dark chocolate. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe 


Khoya or mawa – 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Grated dark chocolate – 1/3 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or butter for greasing

Grated white chocolate and pistachio to garnish

Method 


Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

I have used homemade khoya/mawa or dried milk. Get the recipe to make khoya or dried milk here.

Mix crumbled khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder and sugar.

Heat the mixture in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook on low heat, stirring continuously.

Cook until the mixture leaves the sides and becomes a dough like consistency. Taste the sweetness and adjust if require.

Add grated dark chocolate and mix well. Remove from heat.

Add vanilla essence. Mix well.

Set the mixture on the greased plate.

Sprinkle grated white chocolate and pistachio over it. You can sprinkle any dry fruits of your choice if you don’t have white chocolate.

Let it cool down. Cut with a knife in your desired shape.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days.

Enjoy the delightful taste of this chocolate burfi or fudge.

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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Black Rice Cake 

 

 

 

Gluten free eggless double chocolate black rice cake.

A very healthy and delicious eggless cake with a nutty taste of black rice.

Black rice is more nutritious than brown rice. Its an excellent source of fiber, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

In China and some South-East Asian country it is known as “Forbidden Rice” because it was reserved exclusively for the Royals in ancient China.

Black rice is healthier than the good old white. Black rice, an Asian staple that’s always been part of northeastern cooking in India, is making a huge comeback and so is the nutty-flavoured red rice

Black rice is gluten-free, gut-friendly, a natural cleanser and heart-savvy. The Asian basic, also called Chakhao in Manipur, is popping up at supermarts all over the world as the super-food to get hold of. The bran hull of black rice, which is the outermost layer of the rice grain, contains one of the highest levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin found in any known food. “Black rice is lower in calories but higher in protein content as compared to brown, red or white rice. Its antioxidant content is almost six times higher than other varieties of rice,” confirms Dr Kaur

Source –  Supriya Sharma

And the cake is soft and moist. You will love the nutty taste of black rice. If you don’t have black rice you can make the cake with white rice too.

 

 

 

Recipe 


Black rice flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Almond powder – 1/4 cup

Grated dark chocolate – 1/4 cup

Powered sugar – 1 cup + 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla – 1 teaspoon

 

 

 

Method 


For black rice flour wash and soak the black rice overnight. Next day spread the rice on a piece of cloth to sun dry. When the rice dried up completely grind them to a fine powder. You can use white rice too.

For almond powder dry grind the almonds with it’s skin.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking pan and dust with flour.

Mix vinegar with milk and keep aside.

In a bowl sieve rice flour, oats powder, almond powder, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

In a large bowl mix oil or butter and powdered sugar. I have used oil. Beat well.

Add vinegar mixed milk and vanilla. Mix well.

Add all the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well and fold grated chocolate in the batter.

Pour the mixture in a greased flour dusted cake pan. Tap gently.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes.

Cake will be soft, so don’t try to slice when hot, it may be crumbled. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.

Enjoy the soft, moist and delicious cake with tea or coffee.