With the festive hangover still on, I am too lethargic and reluctant to write a single line. Yesterday we bid adieu to Maa Durga, greeted each other, had a lunch bhog with Khichdi and Hilsa Fry... and came back home heavy hearted. Sitting at the favourite corner of the couch, rewinding all the fun we had in the past five days and getting mentally prepared for a lovely dinner invitation at a dear couple friend's place.... I thought I have nothing at home that I can carry for them. I usually wish to prepare something with love when I go for an invitation.... however little and simple it is. Yet, honestly I am still in no mood to cook. The glam and glitz and festivity of Durga Puja is ruling my heart. Besides, the pathetically romantic me is again back to her music maniac state. So I planned to prepare something simple and hassle free, so far my headphone allowed me to.... I am kind of immersed in Rafi saab's "Abhi na jao chor kar, ke dil abhi bhara nehi"at the moment. I am pretty sure by now I am a food blogger by fault.
From now till Diwali many of my friends will come up with their unique sweet recipes, I know. Let me add mine. Yesterday, I had exactly two hours time to prepare something. So, I prepared this sweet, which took me less than two hours. It is definitely not rasmalai... I did not have enough time and energy to go with a long process. The paneer and khoya balls you see are not cooked or fried. The two are prepared fresh, mashed and kneaded well and soaked in hot milk and sugar syrup. What else do you expect from a lazy cook... I can guarantee about the taste though. Come lets prepare RASBHARI PANEER N KHOYA BALLS together.
INGREDIENTS [for the instant khoya]
Milk Powder : 1medium cup
Full Cream Milk : 1/2medium cup
Ghee : 1/4th small cup
INGREDIENTS [for fresh paneer]
Skimmed Milk : 1lt
Lemon Juice : 2-3tbsp
INGREDIENTS [for the milk malai]
Full Cream Milk : 500ml
Sugar : 1/2medium cup
Green Cardamom Powder : 1/2tsp
INGREDIENTS : [final dish]
Paneer : As we get
Khoya : As we get
Milk Malai : As we get
Sugar : 2tbsp
Green Cardamom : 1/4th tsp
Pistachio [chopped] : 2tsp for garnish.
For the instant khoya, we will take the milk powder, full cream milk and ghee in a microwave safe bowl and mix well. Microwave at high for 3 minutes, pausing and stirring each minute. Let cool.
For the paneer, take the skimmed milk in a heavy bottomed vessel, put on gas and bring to boil. Once it comes to boil, switch off gas. Squeeze the lemon juice. Stir and the milk curdles. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Strain the whey water through a clean, white cloth. Tie the cloth with remaining paneer to your sink top for 1/2 an hour.
Take down and transfer to a plate. Add the instant khoya, 2tbsp sugar, green cardamom 1/4tsp.
Mash and knead the whole mixture for about 15 minutes. It looks as below.
Now we will shape into medium sized balls or flattened tikkis. They look as below.
Arrange all the balls in a little shallow dish.
Boil 500 ml milk for about 12-15 minutes till it reduces to 250-300ml. Add the sugar and boil further for 5-8 minutes. Add 1/4tsp cardamom powder, stir and let boil for 2-3 minutes further.
Pour the hot milk syrup atop the paneer and khoya balls. Garnish with chopped pistachios. Serve chilled or warm.