Wednesday, November 12, 2008

RASMALAI


This is my first "real" post. With photos and all (poor quality, but I had to work with bad lighting and an ok camera) so I'm really excited!!!

Anyway, I decided to do this because I made rasmalai (absolutely my favorite Indian dessert of all time!) for my chef instructor-Justin who's leaving for France tomorrow. Some of my classmates tried and loved it! So this is for you Catie! :)

I'm cheating a bit and buying rasgullas in a can. they're balls of Indian cottage cheese (no, not paneer, this is called chenna) steeped in sugar syrup. Any Indian store will have them...

So lets begin-


You will need:pistachios, almonds, saffron, one tin of rasgullas, sugar and whole milk. Thats it!



Measure out 1 and a half cups of whole milk. I'm making enough for 5 servings, so this should be perfect!



To this, add 1 and a half tablespoons of sugar.



And then... the saffron!!! I love saffron. I know it costs the earth in this country, but back home in India, its not expensive at all! Well, not this expensive anyway!




Throw a pinch into the milk. No more. Because the saffron, apart from giving the rasmalai an unbelievably yummy flavor, also gives it this lovely pale buttercuppy yellow color. The last thing you want is to add too much and end up with a jaundiced dessert... :)



Isn't that pretty? Trust me, though the photo sucks, when you make this, the saffron will look like delicate little flowers in the milk (which is what it is, really)



Now get a pan out and take 1 tablespoon of unsalted almonds (I've used almond flakes, but you can use slivered or chopped almonds instead)



Take a tablespoon of pistachios (unsalted). Its a wonder I even have these around. Pistachios are so addictive. They never last longer than a week in my kitchen, even those HUGE bags!



Give them a rough chop...



Add the pistachios to the almonds in the pan. Toast them at medium flame until they're lightly brown and you can smell that delicious nutty aroma!



Now add the toasted nuts to the milk.



Its all starting to come together! Now turn on the flame and we're almost done!



Bring the milk to a boil and then let it simmer for a good 15 minutes.



Don't forget to keep stirring every once in a few minutes, or you'll have an annoying, icky skin forming on the milk all the time. You'll also notice that the milk is slowly turning color to become this bee-yoo-ti-full yellow.



Now for the star of the show, the rasgulla!



Can you see them? I know, I know, terrible picture, but they're yummy even though they don't seem to look it! I promise!



Take out 5 rasgullas (like I said, this recipe is for 5 portions, you can make as many as you want, just be sure to make more of the sweetened flavored milk!)



Now squeeze all the sugar syrup out of the rasgullas. Yes, you could be very neat and use a spoon, but I strongly recommend using your hands. Because you need to get out as much of the syrup as you can! Why, you might ask. You'll see :)



There, your milk should by now look like this :) 



Arrange the rasgullas on a serving dish.



Pour the milk mixture on the rasgullas. (Now do you understand? Squeezing the rasgullas ensures that they soak up and absord all that fabulously nutty, sweet milk that you've made!)



Keep pouring!!! The more milk the better!



Spoon the milk and nut mixture over each rasgulla, so that they're completely coated in the sweet, nutty, saffron goodness!




There! You're done! Now stick this in the fridge for 2 hours and serve! I would suggest one rasgulla per person with as much of the milk as you want, but honestly, I've never been able to stop at just one! Let me know if you can!


oh, and I promise you, you'll love it. 

















28 comments:

Tartelette said...

So happy you posted this: I had it a few months ago and was wondering how it was made! Happy happy!

Jayashree said...

Lovely step-by-step pics. The rasmalai looks both soft and firm.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. Regarding your question about the aval dosa, you can use a blender (I did) and the batter should be smooth. The key to getting all those pores is well fermented batter.

rajiika said...
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raj said...

@ tartlette
thank you! yours is my first comment ever and its made me even happier than you are knowing someone's reading my blog!!
:)

The Topiary Lady said...

Pardon my ignorance, but what is a Rasgulla? We don't have that in the US do we?

I found you on Kay's site (Dutch girl cooking, Kayotic)

Vij said...

hi ya
This is my first time here. u have a lovely space.

Do have a look at my blog!

Lovely step by step pics... gr8 job girl! rasamalai looks so tempting...

Scribblers Inc said...

Point one: Thats a totally groovy dish!

Point two: You have a GOOD camera...so dont even bother about that...

I know what rasmalai tastes like, but the other, I would have to check on that one!

wishes
Scribblers Inc.

anudivya said...

That was a lot of detailed pics... more or less explained the whole procedure which I love! Nice blog you got going on here.

Shaheen said...

Hey this looks great! I love your huge chef's knife. It's always good to bump into a fellow Indian food blogger. :D

Sunshinemom said...

I make these quite often as my son love the rasgulla and daughter loves rasmalai. What I do is make a few 'chapta' rasgullas along with the usual spherical ones and used the flat ones for rasmalai. Your pictures look beautiful, not as bad as you keep saying:)

Uj said...

Nice step by step pics.. Love ras malai.. Your last pic of rasmalai looks really nice..

Manisha said...

Nothing wrong with cheating. I call it taking a shortcut :-D FWIW, when it comes to rasmalai, I cheat even more than you do!

Glad to have found you through your comment on my blog!

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