Sandesh / Cottage Cheese Fudge

Sandesh is for my last day of Blogging marathon. I thought, I already have 7 recipes for 7 days but today when I sat for blogging, I found that the recipe for last day was missing in my drafts. Immediately, I prepared this easy sweet dish. It is easy too if you have fresh paneer at home. It became around 6 PM in the evening by the time I finished this recipe and the natural light had vanished. So, I was forced to take pictures under the florescent light. Hope you like the pictures and enjoy the dish as well. Here you go...

Basic Information:
Preparation & Cooking time: 45 - 50 minutes
Makes: 8 nos


Ingredients:

Paneer - 1 cup, crumbled
Granulated sugar - 1/4 cup
Cardamom - 2 nos
Saffron streaks - a small pinch
Pistachio nuts - 1 tablespoon, roughly crushed


Method:

1) Mix sugar and cardamom together and make a powder of it using a coffee grinder or mixer. Keep it aside.
2) Knead the crumbled paneer for 5-10 minutes.
3) Towards the end of kneading, add sugar, cardamom mixture and saffron. Try to make a small ball now using a pinch of paneer. If you are able to make a smooth ball, then you can proceed with the next step. Otherwise, continue kneading.
4) Heat a pan in a medium heat. Add the kneaded paneer.
5) Cook it on low heat by constantly stirring it. Initially the paneer looks like thick dough and doesn't form a shape as shown in the picture.
6) After 15-20 minutes, you can see the paneer becomes thick, starts coming together and doesn't stick to the pan. At this time, remove from heat.
7) Allow it to cool for a while. After some time, knead it again for 5 minutes.
8) Divide them into equal balls and make desired shapes.
9) Garnish it with pistachio nuts. Keep in refrigerator for some time and serve chill.
10) When it is cooling down, it will become hard a bit.

Note:
1) Try to prepare sandesh using fresh paneer. If you don't have paneer, try replace it with ricotta cheese. It will also work out.
2) Do not heat after the paneer forms a thick dough. Otherwise, you will ended up with paneer crumbles which you can't use for making shapes.
3) At the same time, do not allow the sauteed/cooked paneer to sit for long time. Make shapes when it is slightly warm. This helps making perfect shapes.
4) You can also add milk powder/corn starch before cooking the paneer in pan. But I felt adding corn starch made the Sandesh litter harder than usual. So, I skipped adding it this time while preparing it.

I'm linking this recipe to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon #12 under the theme of paneer. Check out what others are cooking by clicking it here.

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43 comments:

Simply mouthwatering sandesh. Looks delicious.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Looks so fab ... absolute delish n so festive ..

so tempting sandesh !! feel like grabbing it from the pic !! as usually great clicks !!

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Wow loving it! (Please check your title dear - I think you meant fudge?)

Cheers, Priya

Wow...delicious looking sandesh,Too tempting !!!

Super delicious, love the paneer marathon.

wow, excellent and yummy sandesh, pics are sure amazing Uma..

Very cute presentation, sweets with paneer is definitely a winner.

Lovely clicks!!!!!!
Yummy!!!!

I had it in Blore..gud one :)

mouthwatering recipe dear.....fabulous

Rich and yummy dessert..luv it

Delicious...Love this dear...

mouthwatering sandesh and beautiful presentation..

Delicious looking sandesh,lovely presentation!!

Yummy sadness,looks gorgeous in this light too.

Wat an irresistible and super tempting sandesh.

sandesh is really super paneer dish and its a sweet. bookmarked.

@Priya, Thanks Priya for pointing it out. It was a typo error. I corrected it now. :-)

Wow they looks so delicious Uma I love the presentation too..

Awesome Recipe...Thanks for posting it dear..

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Super delicious sweet Uma...thanks for sharing.

wonderful dessert...nice recipe...and beautiful pics

wow perfect dessert! luv this! nicely presented too!

Fabulous clicks n very tempting paneer..yummy!!

Erivum Puliyum

Wat a Fudge!.Luks simple n super good!.Yummy again!

Yummy sandesh...Nice clicks too...

Yummy sweet.. Nice clicks Uma

Sandesh looks inviting and yummy

nice! my husband loves milk-based sweets so this one im bookmarking for sure :)

wow uma absolutely lovely clicks ....an a r8 recipe easly presented

Perfect presentation, great effort..Good recipe

The pics look beautiful Uma and the recipe sounds easy and delicious

hi uma, looks very interesting to try out.. must be delicious with the cottage cheese

My favourite recipe.., I still have it in my draft.., Bengali sweets are my favourite sweets.., beautiful clicks..

The simple,yet delicious paneer dessert :) Lovely presentation Uma !

Great sweet and well presented..my daughter's fav sweet.

hi uma, i can only look and admire your delicious cottage cheese..we dont have these over here
..have a nice day

Sensational sandesh, looks wonderful. Thanks.

Lovely presentation uma. Happy to follow you

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