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Rasgullas

Rasgulla is the ever favorite and very popular dessert from India. It is made with freshly made cheese / paneer and is simmered in sugar syrup. These Rasgullas are soft and spongy and absolutely the best.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert, sweets
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 253kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 liter Milk
  • 3 tablespoon Lemon/lime juice – from one lime
  • 1 Muslin/cheese cloth or any thin cloth - to strain the paneer
  • 1 Colander – to drain the paneer
  • 1 liter Paneer – prepared from 1 liter milk
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • few drop Rose water optional

Instructions

  • To make the paneer –
  • Boil the milk in a thick bottom vessel. Once the milk boils, reduce the flame and add the lemon juice little by little stirring well in between each addition.
  • In about 2-3 mins, you will notice the milk curdles and starts separating out. Wait till the milk curdles entirely and forms milk chunk of cheese and the remaining liquid, which is called the whey is clear. At this point take it off the flame.
  • Mean while, line a metal colander with cheese cloth or any thin cloth. Drain the paneer on to it and wash it well under cold running water. Wash it until all the lemon smell goes away.
  • Squeeze the excess water from the cloth slowly and gently and hang it in the kitchen sink for about an hour.
  • After an hour open the cloth and remove the paneer. Now the paneer is ready to start making the rasgullas.
  • To make the rasgulla –
  • The paneer that we have in the bowl will be crumbly in texture. We need to knead the paneer for at least 12-15 mins to make it into smooth dough. Use pressure to knead and I found the using my knuckles (the back of fingers) quite useful for this job. This step is very important, so do not rush this process. It is very important to knead the paneer to bring it to a smooth texture.
  • Now make small, smooth balls out of the paneer. Make sure that the ball is smooth and does not have cracks in it. Take a piece of paneer and place it in between your palms. Now apply pressure and make a ball and slowly release the pressure to smoothen it. Make around 20 balls and keep aside covered.
  • In a wide pan add the sugar and the water and bring it boil. Once it boils add the cardamom powder and the prepared paneer balls and cover it with an air tight lid. Let it cook in medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • By now we can notice that the balls have doubled in size. At this stage if you feel that the balls do not have space to expand in the vessel, transfer some sugar syrup and few balls to another pan and continue to boil.
  • Paneer balls transferred to another vessel to ensure proper cooking
  • After 15 minutes, open the lid and let it cook for another 10 mins. Now take it off the flame and let it come to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate the Rasgullas and enjoy it cold, or if you are like me relish it when still warm.

Notes

Expert tips and FAQ's
  • Drain the paneer well. This stage is important to remove all the moisture from the cheese to get good rasgullas.
  • Kneading the cheese is very important. Do not rush through this step.
  • When cooking, make sure the balls have enough space to expand. Otherwise, they would not become large and hence will end up not being very spongy. I had this issue because I made a big batch and I had to transfer it mid-way to another pan.
  • I did not add rose water to the syrup, b’cos I like to keep the flavors simple.
  • The whey (clear liquid) that comes out when removing the cheese is very healthy. Try using it to make chapatti dough or you can use it in any subzi or gravy instead of water.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 1mg