Friday, October 7, 2011

Dussehra Special- Sandesh (A Bengali Favorite)

Hope you all had a blast during Durga Puja! I sure did have mine. I mean, I couldn't go dandiya and all but still managed to make a few sweets (simple ones) at home.
To be honest, I had never been too good in making Bengali desserts. Somehow even Misthi Dhoi (sweetened yogurt) was a total flop in my kitchen! But Sandesh was a super hit. I cant believe that something which has a simple recipe like this can taste so divine. I am not kidding, of all the Bengali desserts, this one sure takes the cake. 
Please note that the traditional recipe calls to make paneer (un-aged cheese) at home. Since I am 7 months into pregnancy, I hardly have enough energy to stand in the kitchen for a long time, I cheated and used Ricotta cheese in place of home made paneer. There are lots of variations available online to this recipe and this is one of the easiest. No surprises that I chose to make it this way :)

Below measurements would make 15 small sandesh.

Ricotta Cheese: 1 cup
Sugar: 4 tbsp
Condensed Milk: 3 tbsp
All Purpose flour (maida): 1/4 tsp
Almonds/cashews/Raisins and saffron: a few

Mix all the ingredients above (with the exception of items under garnishing) well until it becomes a smooth paste. Heat a heavy bottomed pan in medium flame and add the mixture into it. Stir continuously until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. It took me about 10 mins. switch off the stove and let the mixture cool a bit.
When its cool enough, make small balls out of the mixture and flatten them. Actually you can make any shape you want. Garnish with the dry fruits. You dont have to use saffron; I used it on cashews to bring out the color.

Hope you all enjoyed this simple, yet, divine recipe.


  1. Incredible sandesh,super tempting..

  2. thats a great news MAdhu. do take good care of yourself. the sandesh looks awesome.

  3. Dear Madhu
    How are you? Subho Bijaya.
    Read your nice comment. Very nice sandesh and the detailing you have done. This is one sweet , I have failed always...Well it was tasty but never like the one I intended to do. So finally gave up!
    I am not blogging any more because of some other priorities. Bur I read all postings.
    Toronto -e amar Bhai-jhi , Mashi, Mas-tu-to bhai thak-e , Ash-ar khub inchhe achhe ..dekhi ki hoe..

    Bhalo theko.

  4. Beautiful presentation,love this sweet...looks divine

  5. I love sandesh .. reminds me of our visits to kolkatta in school holidays...


  6. Sandesh looks delicious.. Take care at this stage of pregnancy... :)

  7. Sandesh looks perfect and delicous dear :)
    Take care!!!!

  8. Yummy sandesh ...looks perfect

  9. i never tried or had this looks interesting superrb recipe thanks