A family get together at my place and I’m all twisted in my head. When there is a party, it’s mostly about food… And since my guests were picky (wont name them), I decided to call up my sister Vandana (a brilliant cook) for her suggestion on easy homemade Indian sweet treats. She recommended Chocolate Sandesh – a light, melt in mouth sweet made of cottage cheese and chocolate. Idea sold..
To let you all know, sandesh is a very popular sweet treat Kolkata is famous for and there are endless varieties available. This one is a homely yet delicious take on it.
Like always, it is my pleasure to share this recipe with all of you. It is easy and very very tasty.
For 10 pieces of Chocolate Sandesh, you will need.
- 1.5 liters of Milk (use full fat and not skimmed)
- 1 Lemon
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ½ cup Chocolate syrup (i used Hershey)
- 1/ tsp Vanilla Extract
- Some Crushed Chocolate Oreo (to roll the sandesh in)
- Some Chocolate Chips for garnish
- Heat the milk and bring it to a boil. Patience is a virtue…so, ensure that the milk is kept on low flame.
- Cut the lemon into halves and squeeze the juice directly into the milk (through a strainer)
- The milk will start to curdle and you will see the whey separate itself from the milk solids.. this is the easiest way to make cottage cheese at home. When they whey separates completely, strain the cottage cheese through a muslin cloth. Squeeze to release all that excess water. Keep aside and let it cool for 5 mins. Cottage Cheese is also called Chhena (in India) and is used across the nation to make paneer and a variety of other delicacies.
- Put the cottage cheese in a mixer. Add sugar and blend for about 30 secs. Add some of the chocolate sauce to get the grinder going. Once blended, the cottage cheese will resemble a smooth creamy lump. Empty the mixer in a bowl and allow the chocolate mixture to set in the fridge for about an hour.
- Take the mixture out of the freezer and add the remaining chocolate sauce. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well. Keep the mixture in the fridge for another 15 mins.
- Take the mixture out and shape them into little balls. Roll them in crushed Oreo or any chocolate biscuit of your choice.
- Garnish with chocolate chips and refrigerate till you serve.
PS: You can even make Vanilla Sandesh – just skip the chocolate syrup and add sugar instead (while mixing in the blender). Add vanilla essence and roll into balls. Garnish with saffron strings and pistachios.
Chocolate Sandesh is a very healthy, protein rich, delicious sweet. It is definitely not as fancy as other sweets available in the market but nothing beats a homemade delicacy.
Before i sign off – Thank you Vandana Di for sharing this wonderful recipe!