Sandesh is very famous sweet in West Bengal . Sweet plays a important role in Bengali Cuisine . We Bengalis call sweet as ‘Mishti’. Almost all Bengalis have a sweet tooth. Though I do not like to eat sweet , instead of eating it I love to make it . Sandesh or Sondesh (Bengali ponunciation ) is an authentic Bengali delicacy . In Bengal , we make sweet specially with chhena or sweetened cottage cheese or sometimes mixed chena with mewa or khoya . First of all Chhena is made by cutting down boiling cow’s milk along with lemon juice . Second Chhena is strained through a muslin cloth covered strainer and the excess water is drained out . Mewa (also known as Khoya/ Khoa) is a evaporated milk, made by slowly reducing full fat milk until all that remain is a mass of slightly milk solids .
Meaning Of Sandesh
I am not sure from where the name of this sweet came , therfore I can guess that the name of this sweet came from the word ‘ Sandesh’ . In Bengali language , sandesh means message . It is our tradition to send sweets as gift or going someone’s house with some sweets . I spent my entire childhood eating a variety of Bengali sweet in West Bengal . Now I stay in Bangalore , far away from my native . Here It is very difficult of getting Bengali sweets easily , therefore I try to make different sweet at home to fulfill sweet craving of my family .
Basic recipe of sandesh
We can see a variety of Sandesh in West Bengal .Today i am sharing the basic recipe of Sandesh .You can make it using only chhena or mixed chhena with mewa or khoya . The main part of making this sweet is kneading the chhena dough . It decides the texture , but too much kneading can ruin the texture . To conclude , I want you all to try this dish and let me know your feedback . First we will make chhena from milk , then will make mewa or khoya . After that we will make sandesh mixed chhena and khoya together .
You can find few more sweet recipes from this blog
Author – Moumita Malla
Course –Sweet and Dessert
Step by Step Pictures of Making Sandesh
( how to make cheena )
How to make khoya or mewa
Final procedure of making Sandesh