When I went through the list, for some strange reason I realized that when it came to traditional recipes, I often bank on Mother or Mother In law who happen to be around during the festive periods. This time in the middle of nothing, I was all by myself to try something like a rose cookie or gujia.
I started with something out of my zone….Ras malai.
Ingredients (Yields about 10 small size rasgullas and 1 medium size bowl malai)
500 ml milk (Skimmed/ toned would do)
1 tspn lemon juice/ vinegar
225 gms sugar (add more as per your taste)
few threads of saffron
chopped buts to garnish
1) Divide the milk in half, boil them in separate pots.
2) In one pot add the vinegar and the other add about 5-6 tspns of suga after it comes to a running boil
3) Strain the cottage cheese out of the whey and let it stand in the strainer for 15-20 min. Try to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
4) Mash the cottage cheese using a food processor (for best results) or with your hands to form a smooth dough.
5) Pinch out small balls of this dough and shape them as you like, slightly roundish but flat.
6) In a deep sauce pan, add the remaining sugar with about 2 cups of water and let it come to a boil.
7) Reduce the flame and drop the cottage cheese balls in it.
8) Do not stir.
9) The other pan, add the saffron strands ,keep stirring the milk until you get a creamy texture and the quantity is reduce to less than half.
10) This should be done in about 20 min for both the pans.
11) When the rasgullas are done, take them out and squeeze or let it strain through.
12) Add them to a bowl, pour the cooled malai mixture on top and garnish with chopped nuts.