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Thursday, February 16, 2012

My 200th Post- Rasmalai | Step Wise Pics of Making Home Made Paneer & Rasmalai

200th Post?? Yes,dear friends..I have reached 200 posts in less than a year,quite a big achievement as far as am concerned since I got my little ones at home and many of the other moms might also agree with me; how difficult is blogging and clicking snaps with kids around.I learnt so many good things after starting off with blogging especially improved culinary skills,experimenting new dishes,improving photography skills and presentation.Above all I have made many good blogger friends whom I haven't met otherwise( virtual friends).Thanx a bunch,friends for being part of this little space.I have another happy news to share with you all.It was my son's birthday last week and he turned five.How fast time flies off ?? I still remember the day(none of the mothers can forget,isn't it?) I received him as a bundle of joy in my arms and I stepped into the world of motherhood,and there were many other first timers as well to join the line-my dad as grand father,my mom as grandmother,my sis as mausi and so on the list goes on as he was the first grandchild of my family !!

Enough of talks,coming back to today's recipe.My birthday boy doesn't like kheer / payasam but loves sweets. So just prepared these for dessert for the celebration.Rasmalai is an Indian(Bengali) dessert consisting of soft cooked paneer/cottage cheese balls immersed in sweet flavored milk unlike the Rasagullas(you can find the recipe here)which are immersed in sugar syrup.I prepared the homemade paneer and so explaining that process as well.You can use the store brought cottage cheese/paneer too and start off preparing the patties. So,friends enjoy the yummy Rasmalai recipe!!

milk 8 cups
lemon juice/vinegar 1/2 cup
Other accessories-
cheese/ muslin cloth
kitchen towel

sugar 3 cups
water 6 cups

milk 4 cups (if using milk powder to thicken ,otherwise 6 cups,boil and reduce to 4 cups)
sugar 5 tbsp
milk powder 1 cup(I used low fat milk powder)
cardamom powder 11/2tsp
sliced almonds / pistachios 2 tbsp
saffron threads a pinch


-Boil the milk in a pan ,stirring continously on medium heat. (Check whether milk is not burned at the bottom of the pan)
-Add in the lemon juice /vinegar slowly when it comes to boil.You will notice the milk fat getting separated from the whey.Simmer for 1-2 minutes and put off flame.

-Place a muslin cloth in a colander and pour the contents  into it,Squeeze it tight and remove excess water.Place the wrapped paneer under running cold water to remove sourness of vinegar/lemon juice.Squeeze all the water possible in it.
-Wrap a kitchen towel over it and start kneading on the towel to make the paneer soft.
-Flatten a bit  and place it under a heavy pan or cooker.(I filled my cooker with water and placed the paneer under that to give nice pressure.

-Release pressure after one hour if using for dishes which require crumbling or else release after 2 hours for the paneer cubed pieces so that it doesn't break.(Cut into cubes and refrigerate for further use.)

The home made Paneer ready

(Cubed pieces for making paneer based curries)

-I prepared Rasmalai out of this,so released pressure after 1 hour and crumbled it up.Kneaded the dough very smooth and soft.(just like you do it for wheat flour/atta dough for chapathis)

crumbled paneer


-Divide the dough into 24equal parts and start forming smooth balls.Apple a little pressure in the beginning and then release,smoothen to get the ball.
-Place a pressure cooker on medium heat and add sugar and water,bring to a boil.
-In the mean time,flatten it into the shape of patties(3/4" thick),leave aside.Repeat the same with other balls.
-Add the patties into it and close the lid,let it whistle once.Put off flame and wait till pressure is released.(I used a 5litre cooker,it can accomodate maximum of only 12 at a time(Other wise the pattiesw stick together as it doubles in volume). I added half the amount of water(3 cups) and sugar (1 1/2 cups) and repeated the procedure again with the remaining sugar,water and patties)

-Once the pressure is released,take out the patties and squeeze them gently to remove excess sugar syrup,keep aside.

-Boil the milk in a non stick pan wide enough to accomodate the patties,keep on medium heat and keep stirring to avoid burning of milk at the bottom.Wait till it reduces to 4 cups and thickens.
OR If you are using milk powder ,then bring 4 cups of milk to boil and mix the dry milk powder in half a cup of hot milk and stir into the boiling milk.
-Add in the sugar and patties.Let it boil for another 5 minutes.
-Add in the powdered cardamom and saffron threads.(Gives a nice color and flavor)
-Garnish with sliced almonds/ pistachios(I used sliced almonds)

* To check the paneer if its out of required water,take a small amount in the palm,rub for 15-20seconds.Hold it tight to see if it shapes into a ball,then its done.
* If you are preparing paneer for other dishes,then ensure you keep it for 2 hours under the weight.
*The flavored milk should be thick and not watery.


Simply Life said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats on 200 posts!

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Great recipes and even better personal achievings...Congrats!

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats happy birthday
delicious rasmalai

Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

sounds lipsmacking..
awesome version it..;)

Tasty Appetite

Rasi said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on ur 200th post :)..& lovely rasmalai :)

Rekha shoban said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy rasmalai!!my favourite sweet... said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..nice one..looks yummy n tasty dear.....congrats on your 200th post. wat a coincidence na.....we r in same line


Nithu Bala said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Dear:-) Nice stepwise pictures..Delicious Rasamalai

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!!!! on ur achievement. Keep going.....Rasmalai looks tempting

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb Julie, nice step-wise instructions, and a very happy birthday to your little one..

Nisha said... Best Blogger Tips

What does your blog name mean?
(Please answer here if you do, I'll come back to check...) :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nish Thanx for the wishes,Nish!!
It is a malayalam word meaning spicy n sour as those are my favorite flavors!!

Neha said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats dear....Rasmalai looks awesome....

Anu said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats dear on your 200th post!!!Keep Rocking...Rasmalai looks so delicious..

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats...bless u do more& more..i had the same rasmalai..u r nicely done...

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

hai juile congrats for 200 th post
mouthwatering rasamalai. yummy sweet
adipuLi kurippaanum

Gayathri NG said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratz, rasmalai looks extremely beautiful and perfect...

FewMinute Wonders said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the 200th post. It is a lot of work to blog 200 posts in a year. When is your sons birthday. My daughter's was last week too. The rasmalai looks good. Good job on the step by step presentation.

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Julie!!!
Rasmalai looks yummy!!!

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats.Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.Looks Awesome.

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!ras malai at home..really nice!...a very happy birthday to your son.god bless!

turmericnspice said... Best Blogger Tips

love the meaning of your blog !! love the step by step pix of rasmalai ! Happy birthday to your son !!

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheers on your super 200th post Julie..That's a superb recipe to post for the occasion..Keep rocking!

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on the 200th post. And nice name you have chosen.

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on ur milestone, great going Julie, may u achieve new milestones soon :) Appreciate ur hardwork with blogging !!

Belated b'day wishes to dear "T". Hope he enjoyed his day :) Can't believe years are passing by so soon..:) May God bless him, wishes from all of us and may he achieve success and happiness in all his endeavours :) luv n hugs to him !!

btw, Rasmalai is looking very yum...tempting n superb !!

Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Dear Julie. Luvly Rasmalai recipe Dear. A worth-trying recipe.

Sumi said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love this sweet..perfect for the day:)

Miss Multicul(t)inaria said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious, I definitely have to try that! Thanks for the recipe and the pictures :)

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Julie.. The celebration recipe looks awesome. Perfectly done... Makes me drool

KitchenKarma said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, congratulations on your 200th post. The rossogollas and then the rasmalai both look fabulous :-)

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your 200th Post dear! 200 in less than a year is really good..keep it going Julie....

Belated birthday wishes to your son.

Rasmalai looks awesome...One of my favorite sweets

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats and more to come.. Now i just know what blog meaning.spicy and sour, both i also like,hehehe..

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats and belated B'Day to your son......

Delicious luking sweet.....superbly done

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

Good job and keep going... I love love Rasmalai..

ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your 200th post!
and love your step by step illustration.Its my fav too...

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Julie .............. Rasmalai looks very tempting ..........will try it ..........

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Julie, great going gal!!!!!! Wishing you many more achievements in life.
Ras Malai looks wow, super yumm :)

Kavi said... Best Blogger Tips

WOw Julie, that's wonderful! Congratulations! :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on 200th post, Julie..hoping to see many more from you. Superb pictures and great effort in making this dessert..

Lifewithspices said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats beautiful rasmalai..

Vrinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect way to celebrate,congrats on ur 200th post....

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks like a lot of work, but totally worth the effort - Rasmalai is really one of my most fav sweets :) Love this dear - I made it once and tried to skip the sugar syrup part thinking it was a smart move - it tasted good, but since paneer balls were not soaked in syrup, it took for ever to get all the sweet from the ras :)
oops - did not mean to ramble like this -
super like this post and kudos for your effort :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. .I have never dared to make paneer at home.. your post makes me want to make it now. .thank you for sharing and following you

Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your 200th post!Wow what an achievement!Even more commendable when you have little kids like I do :)Love this rasmalai recipe.Great step-by-step tutorial!

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats julie on ur 200th post... and a belated happy birthday to ur son.
rasmalai is one of my fav desserts and i like ur version of it :)

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

Hearty Congratulations Julie! Wish U many many more hundreds...U are one of the dedicated blogger n glad to have found u :)
Rasmalai looks so delicious n tempting...
Spicy Treats
OnGoing Event:Show Me Your HITS~Healthy Delights

saleena said... Best Blogger Tips

CONGRATS JULIE,You did it!!!! wish you all success for blogging.

Rasmalai looks excellent and yummy.

Belated Bthday wishes to Tuttu..

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

imagine you already know how to cook more than 200 recipes... that's the great thing about blogging huh..

i also get to learn a lot from you, today's post is very interesting, taught in very great details..never tried this before.. now its easier to follow the process of making paneer.
have a nice day

Surabhi said... Best Blogger Tips

1st of all congrats for ur 200th post :)
I was searching for this recipe since some days and thanks to post it....
Thanks to link it @ Holi Hai... :)

Vardhini said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your 200th post and wish you tons more to come. Thx for linking this yummy dessert to the event.

Event: Sweet Luv
Event: Strawberries

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all guys for your wishes, will surely add on my recipe book:)) & Thanx for the birthday wishes too..

Sumee said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations Julie! Love your rasmalai, It's one of my fav sweets. Thanks for linking up to my event.

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

rasmalai my favourite sweet :) congrats on the milestone :) keep going!

Elpiniki said... Best Blogger Tips

Congarts on your 200th post! Hope u never have your last post!
I ve never tried anything like these - its not known here - but looks really interesting!

NiVi said... Best Blogger Tips

wonderful recipe for your 200 recipe.. keep on rocking :) :)

NiVi said... Best Blogger Tips

belated birthday wishes to your son too julie :) :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Heartily congrats Dear. Rasmalai looks very delicious.Thanks for your wonderful entries...

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your 200th post Julie. Lovely looking rasmalai making me drool here.

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats!!!!!!.......rasmalai looks amazing...:)

spicenflavors said... Best Blogger Tips

This Rasmalai looks so tempting:) also the rasgulla making is very informative.Congrats on your 200th post:-)