Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

Rasmalai

Today I just took a walk from my house and ended up going to the grocery stores. As I was window shopping I was all interested to make rasmali. So I picked ricotta cheese and half and half from the store. I was introduced to this sweet in my school days by my friends. Most of my friends were from North and this sweet is quite famous out there. When I came to the US everyone told me that this sweet is so easy to make. And believe me this is one of the easiest recipe I came across which is also versatile for its own name. I got this recipe from my friend who directed me today step by step through phone conversation. Here goes the recipe!!!

What you need
  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup Sugar
  • One pint (473ml) Fat Free Half and Half Milk
  • A pinch of saffron
  • ¼ tsp crushed cardamom seeds
  • ½ tsp rose water (optional)
  • 3-4 tsp blanched almonds
  • 2 tbsp crushed pistachios

To make the syrup or Ras

  • Thicken the half and half by simmering over low heat for few minutes.
  • Add 1 cup sugar, cardamom, rose water, saffron strands, to the half and half. Heat for a few minutes and allow them cool.

Method

  • Mix ¼ cup of sugar with the Ricotta cheese by using a spatula or hand mixer.
  • Spread on the oven safe dish- I used muffin pan. I added 2 spoons of cheese mixture in each cups. To spread evenly in the cups—place the bottom of glass in the cheese mixture or level it with the spoon.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35- 40 minutes or until it sets or until it turns light brown. You can also check with help of a tooth pick. Insert the tooth pick into the cheese- if the tooth pick doesn’t come out sticky with cheese it means you are all set to take the tray out from the oven :)
  • Remove from oven, cool at room temperature. Remove the shapes with help of your hand and place in the dessert bowl.
  • Add the cooked balls to the half and half and decorate with Pistachios and Almonds.
Let it stay immersed for about an hour. You can either serve it cold or warm. I usually keep in the fridge for few hours and serve cold:)

See fellow bloggers recipes: Asha's Basundi
and RP's Rasmalai

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35 Comments:

Blogger archana said...

Looks so good, baking the cheese mix in a muffin pan is such a brilliant idea. I will try it out for a party soon.

8:14 PM   Edit
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

Looks delicious, little different from how I make them.I will give this try your version...thanks!

You can link my Basundi if you like!!

http://foodieshope.blogspot.com/2006/08/ricotta-cheese-basundi.html

5:49 AM   Edit
Blogger sudhav said...

Thanks priya, im gonna make these for my lil one's bth day coming up by the end of this month..thanks for the recipe .

7:06 AM   Edit
Anonymous Priya said...

Look delicious Priya !! its a nice idea to do them in a muffin pan. A mini muffin pan would be perfect.

9:18 AM   Edit
Anonymous shilpa said...

wow..thats a brilliant idea. Never tried to make rasmala before. Will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

11:00 AM   Edit
Anonymous Usha said...

Looks yummy, will try it sometime.

1:02 PM   Edit
Blogger Shaheen said...

this is one recipe i am going to try since i love rasmalai. thank u so much.

5:29 PM   Edit
Anonymous RP said...

I always wanted to do this in a muffin pan. Even though I had suggested someone to use this method, I had never made it this way. It really makes sense after seeing your pictures. So...next time in a muffin tin!
Thanks for linking me. :)

7:04 PM   Edit
Blogger Deepa Cooks said...

Hey Priya,

Rasmalai is mouthwatering.Its very different.I give a try in a weekends.

8:01 PM   Edit
Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Hi Priya,
I love rasmalais and rasagullas. But I haven't tried it at home. I have heard thru many friends that ricotta cheese rasmalais are easy to make.so yet another recipe to try .. thanks for the recipe priya.

8:34 PM   Edit
Blogger maneka nirmal said...

hey priya..
i never thought that making rasamalai is this easy..by the way how do u get time to make all these delicious dishes everyday..u r a smart girl i bet!

8:59 PM   Edit
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Priya,
Rasmalai Looks yummy!!!!! Thanks for sharing a new idea.

9:29 PM   Edit
Anonymous Lera said...

Beautiful! Love this sweet ,one of my fav's..Thanks for showcasing this recipe...will try sometime soon.

4:07 AM   Edit
Anonymous tastycooks said...

Priya, i just love Rasmalai. Your recipe looks very simple and good so will try it out one day. Btw, by using cheese do u see any difference in taste.

12:28 PM   Edit
Blogger Krithika said...

Wow !! this is such a great recipe. Never tried using ricotta cheese for rasmalai. Thanks so much for sharing this

1:03 PM   Edit
Anonymous haripriya said...

Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!i cant wait to taste ..send me some plsssss.....anywayz thnx for sharing!!

6:13 PM   Edit
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

I have tagged you for '5 things to eat before I die"! Check out my blog tomorrow, not posted yet! write if you can! thanks Priya!

6:38 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Maneka..enikee vera panni onum illaya-- so I try out dishes:)

Krithika.. It tasted just like the store bought ones...you should try it:)

9:40 PM   Edit
Anonymous anjali said...

hi priya..ive been visiting ur site for a while,ive tried ur kadala curry and "padavalankai thoran" that turned out great!

for rasamalai..i go for an even easier version with storebought rasagullas...just squeeze out the sugar water from them and add them to the reduced mix of half and half,safrron strands,kesar yellow and sugar and decorate with saffron strands and pistochios and chill ..its supereasy and tastes very authentic...

btw ur recipe sounds Yum too!u have a great site here,keep up the great work!

2:00 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Anjali-- thanks for the idea for making Rasmalai in an easy way-- will give a try... I am happy that the recipies turned out well:) hope you and your family enjoyed it....

6:25 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

I would like to try this recipe. Could you please tell me how many Ras Malais you made with the measurements listed in the recipe?

Thanks!
Lalitha

8:46 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hey Lalitha--- I got 11 pieces out this proportion... you can store in the fridge for few days--mine lasted only for 2 days-- me and hubby ate everything- lol

11:30 AM   Edit
Blogger Jyothsna Vinay Chhabra said...

Hi Priya,
This rasmalai looks so easy! I always thought making bengali sweets was a long process...Thanks for sharing!

11:09 AM   Edit
Blogger CheerfulTulips said...

hey Priya, have been reading your blog for some time now...recently tried the rasmalai recipe and it turned out great ! Parents were impressed, husband loved it and I was amazed at the ease with which I can now make a fabulous dessert !!!! Keep 'em coming :)

3:24 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

hey Cheerful... glad to hear your family enjoyed it--same for me as well-- I never thought this recipe would turn so delcious:)

4:02 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Priya,

Your blog is very nice with tempting pictures.I tried you rasmalai for a dinner party.It was a huge success & everybody was asking for the recipe.I have given them your blog id.Thanks for the fabulous recipe.

Regards,
Kate

8:46 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Kate... I am happy you all enjoyed it---thanks for letting me know and telling about my blog to your friends:)

9:48 PM   Edit
Blogger Jyothsna said...

Hi Priya, I tried this rasmalai today and it turned out awesome!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

8:59 AM   Edit
Blogger chennaivasi said...

hi priya, I usually make rasamalai as yours except for tryying in muffin pan.. it is sticking in the muffin pan. so I try to spray pam... please let me know any of your tip..

Thanks,

1:35 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

CV, actually it never happens to me and I don't spray anything.... I allow to cook for 35-40 mins in the oven and allow it cool and slowly remove them with help of hands... just allow it cook and cool--- thats the tip :)

11:07 PM   Edit
Blogger Nidhi said...

Hey I am here for the first time, through Google. You have a nice blog.

I really liked your Idea of baking the cheese to make rasmalai. Thanks for sharing...

Nidhi.

9:46 AM   Edit
Blogger Anjali said...

Hey that surprised me. Good idea to bake. especially when one has to make in large qnty.

8:53 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya!
I was looking for easy dessert recipes, your baked rasmalai's are a pleasant surprise. Can i use baking cups to make the rounds as don't have muffin pan yet and can't wait to try it out :)
Thanks
Neetu

3:28 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Neetu, I think it should be ok...I haven't tried so far, may be you can experiment first with one or two cups..then you can add more....

3:52 PM   Edit
Blogger Jeena said...

Hi there, I like your blog! Nice rasmalai recipe it looks yummy I only have have the boxed rasmalai I bet it is really tasty fresh :) Feel free to visit my blog too :)


Click here for jeenas food recipe blog :-)

4:16 AM   Edit

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