Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Honestly I do not know much about blogging, neither am I a versatile cook.....just love cooking. My grandmom and mom being very good cooks of their respective times specially of Bengali cooking, I have a natural inclination towards it. Today is Janmashtami,  Lord Krishna's birthday.....a very auspicious day. Today is the day Lord Krishna is royally treated with a variety of home made sweets.There is a celebration at our home too, in my small way. I was trying my hands on SANDESH, a Bengali sweet. It comes in a wide variety, this one we call "norom paker sandesh".... soft textured and the most basic one.

I had chosen the simplest one. I prepared the paneer / desi cottage cheese on gas stove top, kneaded it to a smooth dough, cooked further and shaped on cooling. You can garnish the sandesh with pistachio, almond, raisin, cashew nut.... from a wide variety of choice.

Ingredients(for the cheese)

  • Milk: 2 litres
  • Vinegar: 2 tbsp

Ingredients(for Sandesh)

  • Home made Cheese(Chena) : 500 gm
  • Sugar.  : 11/2 cup(powdered)
  • Green Cardamom: 3-/4(powdered)
  • Rice flour: 50 gms
  • Milk Powder: 100 gms
  • Pistachio s: 25 gm(cut into small pieces)


Pour the milk in a heavy bottomed pan.Bring to boil. At this point pour in the vinegar. Let cool.

Powder the sugar and green cardamoms together.

Now with help of a clean white cloth drain the water. Hang the cheese for about 45 minutes so that there is no water left. Take the cheese, sugar, milk powder, rice flour in a bowl.

Keep rubbing till all ingredients are nicely mixed and a smooth dough is formed. Heat a clean wok which you do not use for curries.

Add the chena mixture and cook for 5 minutes stirring continuously. Add 1/2 of the chopped pistachios and stir for 1/2 a minute!

Prepare shapes of your choice....round / flat. Garnish with pistachios.

You can decor with rose petals/silver foils too.


  1. Hi Soma,
    What a lovely idea to start this blog on a auspicious day.Happy blogging

  2. Happy janmashtami and happy blogging :) love the name of your blog and this recipe sounds delicious ! xx
    Maria Nasir.

  3. congrats on the new blog.. now i can learn some dishes from here for ranabir and he wont be complaining about my cooking anymore.. hehe.


  4. thanks soma for such a lovely recipe...