Pineapple Sandesh (Bengali Sweet)
Pineapple Sandesh is a popular Bengali sweet. This is healthy and delicious dessert and a great dessert for sophisticated people and so easy to make.
- 4 cup whole milk
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp fine sugar
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 6 slice pineapple (canned)
- 2 Tbsp sliced pistachios (for garnishing)
Making paneer: Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.
As the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat.
Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth.
Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well.
Making Sandesh: Once the paneer is drained, place on a dry, clean surface and knead the paneer until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough.
Add the sugar and cardamom powder into the paneer and knead the paneer again until sugar is mixed well. Now this paneer known Sandesh.
Spread the pineapple slices on a dry surface and pat dry using the muslin cloth or paper towel.
Spread the Sandesh covering the pineapple slices evenly and garnish with slice pistachios. I prefer cutting them in four.
Refrigerate the Sandesh for about 1 hours before serving. Pineapple Sandesh taste best when it is served chilled and refrigerating the Sandesh also helps to set over pineapple.
Kalakand is a very traditional and delicious dessert, made with whole milk, variation of burfi, and is soft and grainy in texture.
Recipe makes about 12 to 16 pieces.
- 8 cups or 2 quart milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (for making paneer)
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds or pistachio for garnishing
for Making Paneer
- Mix lemon juice in ¼ cup of hot water and put aside.
- Boil the 4 cups of milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, making sure not to burn milk.
- As the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat.
- Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth.
- Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. This process takes out the sourness from the lemon.
- To take out the excess water, squeeze the wrapped paneer. Do not knead the paneer.
for Making Kalakand
- Boil remaining 4 cup of the milk in a heavy bottom frying pan on medium high heat until the milk reduces to about two cups.
- Make sure to frequently stir the milk as the milk burns easily in bottom of the pan.
- Add the paneer in the milk and keep stirring till the mixture thickness and form a soft dough consistency.
- Add the sugar and continue to cook and stirring until the mixture become soft lump and start leaving the pan from sides.
- Pour it over greased plate keeping about half inch thick.
- Let it cool for about one hour. Cut the kalakand in squares.
- Putting few spoons of water in pot before putting milk reduces burning the milk bottom of the pan.
- If kalakand is too soft put the plate in microwave oven (plate should be microwave safe) for 2 to 3 minutes. Making sure kalakand don’t become dry.