When I offered these to Arvind, he said ‘did you get these from the sweet shop’? I was on cloud 9 and kept blabbering about it to everybody for the next two days 🙂
Sondesh or Sandesh, as you may call it, is sweet fudge made with milk and it is very popular among Bengalis. It’s usually made during special occasions and at times, just because we want to eat it. You don’t have to struggle much to look for Sondesh in West Bengal. Every restaurant, big or small, and every single sweet shop will sell one or the other variety of Sondesh. Trust me when I say this, you will never get tired of these delicious and soft sweet bites.
Roxana from ‘A Little Bit Of Everything‘ requested me to do a guest post and she was hoping if I could share some comfort food with memories from childhood. I did say ‘Yes’ and then immediately started wondering ‘what is my comfort food from childhood’?
Don’t get me wrong.. I don’t have amnesia. It’s just that as a child, I hardly use to enjoy food and eating was more like a torture to me.
Roxana, who is also popularly known as Green-girl, is a happily married, stay at home mom who lives in central Virginia with her family. Her blog is filled with delicious recipes and one thing that will catch your attention is her ability to bake breads. Some interesting posts that I enjoyed reading a lot were on yeast, blogging and comments 🙂
I really don’t remember what was my comfort food as a kid, but I clearly remember that my Mom used to make Sondesh very frequently. Mom’s Sondesh was very famous among our friends and families and she used to make that with ‘Khoya’. Making khoya at home is a very tedious task. The milk has to be thickened by slow cooking and constant stirring in an open wok. The whole process used to take at-least 2 hours but the final result was always worth the effort.
She would then make tiny balls out of it and I had to press it in a mould to give it a nice fancy shape. It was a fun task and as a kid, it always felt like a proud moment 🙂
May be someday, I will gain enough patience to make my Mom’s sondesh and share it with you.
Few weeks back, I came across Soma’s recipe on Sondesh, which is a different kind of sondesh made with curled milk ‘Chena’.
Making Chena is extremely easy, all you need is a cheese cloth or any fine clean white cloth, milk and something acidic like lemon juice or vinegar or citric acid.
It took me back to my childhood days and I decided to make these for Roxana and her family 🙂