Rosogolla, the sweet that defines bengali desserts, is considered a delicacy in Kolkata with numerous sweet shops adding their own version. Sweet shops sell thousands of rosogollas a day which end up in a plate of bengalis. But, even though its not accessible to you, this recipe below will help you make rosogollas yourself and show off to your friends and family. So let get to it then.
- Milk [1 litre]
- Sugar [2 cups]
- Lemon Juice [1 Piece]
- Water [3 cups]
Step 1: Curdling the milk
The secret to a good Rosogolla lies in the curd cheese or Chhena (Bengali: ছানা), as we like to call it in Bengali, it is made up of. Its a basic process of coagulation adding some acidic agent to milk. I prefer to use whole milk, because of the high percentage to fat content, and heat it in medium flame until it comes to boil. An occasional stir helps the milk not to burn below. As soon as it comes to a boil keep adding lemon juice and stirring until the water completely separates from the curd cheese. Turn down the heat and strain everything on a piece of cloth.
Step 2: Strain the Curd Cheese
The piece of cloth needs to be washed with cold water so that the curd cheese cools down and the sourness of the lemon juice goes away. Then its the important part of squeezing the cloth with the curd cheese inside and hanging the cloth to dry out the chhena for at least 30 mins. While you wait, you can start of on the sugar syrup by bringing to a boil 2 cups of sugar with 3 cups of water.
Step 3: Knead and Roll Cheese-balls ready to cook
Once the straining is complete, its important to knead the cheese to a nice consistency, which might take 10-15 mins of time. Make sure not to dry it out much as it makes the end product a bit on the tougher side. Once you reach a smooth consistency, roll into little balls of cheese ready to cook.
Step 4: Cook the the Cheese-balls in sugar syrup
Add the cheese-balls into the sugar syrup and cook in medium low heat until the balls become twice the size, which implies the rosogollas are cooked through. And that is it, you can now have some delicious, spongy juicy home-made rosogolla.
And that is all it takes to make delicious rosogolla. You can add saffron to garnish and add additional flavor. I hope you enjoy this recipe and try it out for yourself.