Here’s an easy recipe of Sandesh made from Chhena, flavoured with Kesar and Pista and shaped into Modaks.Lets learn how to make a Bengali Sandesh at home!
Sandesh or Shondesh is a delectable, quintessential sweet of Bengal popular all over India, essentially made from Chhena or Cottage Cheese or Paneer though some recipes ask for the use of Mawa or Khoya or thickened milk and sometimes the mixture of both Khoya and Chhena. The simplest kind of Shondesh made in Bengal is the Makha or Kneaded Shondesh. It’s prepared by cooking the Chhena lightly with sugar on low heat.( Source : Wikipedia )
Sandesh is basically a 3 ingredient recipe made from Chhena, Sugar and Cardamom powder. An overwhelmingly melt in the mouth preparation and a perfect crowd pleaser it can be easily made at home. In this recipe I have flavoured these Sandesh with kesar or Saffron and stuffed them with chopped pistachios and gave them a Modak shape with a Modak mould which is easily available in the market with Ganesh Chaturthi round the corner.
The best part of making Shondesh at home is that you can choose and try out many kinds of flavours like Mango, Rose, Chocolate, Nolen Gur or Date palm Jaggery, Coconut etc. Nowadays the sweetmeat shopkeepers in Bengal have come out with Boozy and fruity ones and Savoury ones too…..hats off to their power of innovation😇.
How to make Bengali Sandesh at home?
With Ganesh Chaturthi being western India ‘s most vibrant festival the atmosphere here is filled with festive excitement and vigour with people thronging to the market to book their Ganapati idols and shop for the festivities.The Sweet shops bustling with Modak and Ladoo lovers. With the city abuzz with preparations for the oncoming festival how can I be left behind.😊 Sending these Kesar Pista Sandesh Modak for the 106 th Foodie Monday Bloghop for the theme Ganesh Chaturthi special Recipes.