Chanar Payesh – An Authentic Bengali Dessert
Chanar Payesh is an authentic Bengali dessert . It is an exotic and classic sweet dish recipe of Bengali cuisine . We make it for our family and friends on special occasions and festivals . This recipe , cooked using chhena or freshly made cottage cheese , milk , sugar , and crushed green cardamom powder . These few ingredients create the taste and flavour of this mouth-watering dish . In Bengal , we make sweet specially with chana or chhena or sweetened cottage cheese. In this recipe small chana or chhena balls are simmmered in cardamom flavoured thickened milk .
”Bijoya Dashami” ….. The Last Day Of Durga Puja
The last day of Durga Puja , the greatest festival of Bengali wil be ended today with the solemn immersion of Goddess Durga idols . This day is popular as “Bijoya Dashami ” to each Bengali of the World . We spent this day by going through different rituals . All ladies assemble near the Durga idol, apply vermilion on her feet and forehead and then smear vermillion on each other. We wish each other on Bijoya Dashami saying ‘Shubho Bijoya’. After the immersion of idol or visarjan , we touch ours elder’s feet for blessings , same generation males hugging each other whch we call “kolakuli”, visit friends and relatives’ houses and exchange ‘Shubho Bijoya’ greetings .
Sweet…. a must needed item to celebrate “Bijoya Dashami”
Sweet plays a very important role in the life of Bengalis , no celebration is complete without sweet . Earlier , elders ladies of the joint family used to make various kinds of sweets together such as nimki , narkel naru , payesh amd many more . Now it is not possible to make all sweets together , as many of us live in nuclear family . So now we try to make one or two items to celebrate this festival . I have prepared “Çhanar Payesh” to celebrate this auspicious day .Try following few Bengali Sweet Recipes at home and enjoy with your loved ones!
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- Milk- 1litre ( for making chana )
- Milk-2 ltr ( for making payesh or kheer )
- Lemon Juice or Vinegar -4 teaspoons ( if required , add more )
- Sugar ( powdered ) -2 tablespoons
- Sugar ( normal )-3/4 cup
- Green Cradamoms – 4 ( crushed )
- Rose Water – 2 teaspoons
- Take a heavy bottomed vessel , add milk 1 litre milk for chana balls .
- Bring it to boil and keep stirring to avoid burning of milk from bottom .
- Once the milk will be started boling , simmer the gas , start adding the lemon juice or vinegar and keep stirring ( if required , add more lemon juice ) , cook for few seconds until the milk solids get separate from the whey . Switch off the heat .
- Pour this curdled milk to the already lined muslin cloth over a strainer , squeeze out all the whey water then rinse it as much as possible . If you do not rinse the chana properly , you will get the smell of lemon while having it.
- Now hang the cloth covered chana with the kitchen tap for 30 minutes . Then remove it from tap and place a heavy weight on chena for another 30 minutes . It will help to squeeze more water from chana .
- In the meantime , take a heavy bottomed vessel , add 2 litres milk for payesh .
- Bring it to boil , when milk will be started boiling , simmer the gas , add crushed cardamom .
- Let it cook till reduced to half the original quantity , stirring in between .
- After that , remove the cloth from the chana .
- The chana neither should have too much moisture nor be too dry .
- Take the chana in a wider plate , rub it well with your palms for 5 to 6 minutes to get smooth texture .
- Add sugar and rose water with the chana .
- Make small tiny tiny balls using these chana .
- Drop chana balls one by one into the milk carefully .
- Cook for another 5 minutes on low flame . Some balls will be broken , if they are not broken , break some balls with back of spoon .
- Switch off the flame , let it be cool and serve.
If you do not have time , then you can make it using store bought paneer .