Over here in the US Just like bringing a bottle of fine wine when you visit someone for the first time, a decorative box filled with different kinds of sweets is a traditional present taken as a hostess gift in India. So here I am bringing Rasbhari Or Rasgullas which is basically cottage cheese balls boiled in sugar syrup .
What do you do when you have a gallon of spoilt milk ? Make Rasbhari .
Rasbhari is originally from Orissa not Bengal. However, Bengali chefs are credited for perfecting the recipe and spreading it throughout the Indian subcontinent as Rasgullas . In Nepal, it is commonly known as rasbari.
4 cups of whole milk
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice Or Vinegar
½ teaspoon cardamom (Elaichi) powder
1 tsp semolina
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 cups sugar
5 cup water for boiling
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to milk and bring it to boil. The lemon juice will separate the milk into watery whey and solid chunks.
Throw away the liquid part by shifting the mixture through a clean muslin cloth. (It will take around 15 minutes to have excessive water drip off.). Then squeeze out the extra water.
Add semolina and ground sugar and mix with your hands and then knead well with the palm of your hands till it becomes extra soft and smooth and you can feel the fat on your hands. ( I used food processor with dough blade )
Knead for 10 minutes to 15 minutes and Once everything comes together to a smooth pilable dough, form them into smooth mini sized balls and keep aside. I made around 13-15 mini balls.( for colored cheese balls , divide the dough and mix food colors of your choice )
In a wide pan add cardamom powder to 2 cups of sugar and mix with 6 cups of water and 1 tsp lemon juice and make a thin syrup.
Remove from the heat. Cool it. Serve it in room temperature or chill for a few hours before serving.( optional )