Rasgulla (Cheese Balls in Saffron Sugar Syrup)

Rasgulla (cheese balls in saffron sugar syrup) | Playful Cooking

Our Saturday started early, unlike most weekends. We knew it was going to be a long one. Changing domain, creating a new header, making sure we didn’t miss anything important, checking and rechecking and some more testing. As much as exciting it was for us, it was a little bit tiring too! The day flew by; we missed our lunch, glued ourselves to the laptop the whole time and kept our fingers crossed as we worked towards the new continuation.

 

Playful Cooking – A new continuation to my culinary journey, travel stories and my passion for photography. For people who landed here for the first time – My blog was called Sunshine and Smile until now. Wondering why? Read all about it here and here.

 

As you can see, nothing much has changed except for the header and sidebar. However, if you can’t see the change, that is because of ‘cache’ which has to be either manually cleared in your browser or you have to wait for a few days for it to clear on it’s own.

 

Rasgulla (cheese balls in saffron sugar syrup) | Playful Cooking

 

A new launch is impossible without some sweet treat. It’s a tradition in our culture. And for a bong girl, what can be a better indulgence than rasgullas made with her own petite hand. Rasgulla (ras means syrup and gulla refers to round cheese balls) are made with whole milk. Start by curdling the milk to make the cheese that is later kneaded to form soft dough. Tiny balls are made out of that dough, which is then cooked in sugar syrup. The process is not really difficult once you get the hang of it but it takes time. A little patience, a little effort and at the end you will relish every bit of the spongy cheese balls as it swims in a bowl of golden saffron flavored syrup.

 

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Rasgulla (cheese balls in saffron sugar syrup) | Playful Cooking

 

If given a choice, Bengalis would start their day with couple of rasgullas and end it with a few more. Out there, in Kolkata, no other bothers to make it at home because each single sweet shop will make it fresh every morning. All you have to do is walk up to the nearest store and ask. And they would happily stack a clay pot filled with pillow-y rasgullas for you to indulge. Everyone loves rasgulla out there and some can pop in six to seven in one go. Few of my uncles do it, trust me!

 

Making few homemade rasgulla doesn’t stop my longing for the special rasgullas from Kolkata but it somehow fulfills my craving until I make my next visit.

 

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Rasgulla

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 7 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • pinch of saffron

Instructions

  1. In a deep pan, bring the milk to boil stirring occasionally, to avoid milk from getting burnt at the bottom. In the mean time, place cheesecloth over a colander and keep it over another big bowl to hold the whey. Once milk starts to boil, pour lemon juice, stir and switch off the heat. Within 4 to 5 seconds, the milk would curdle. Very carefully, pour it through the cheesecloth.
  2. Pour cold water on the curdled cheese to cool it down.
  3. Next, carefully gather the ends of the cheesecloth and tie it around tightly. Hang it somewhere for 30 minutes to drain the remaining water from the cheese.
  4. While you wait, make the sugar syrup. In a deep pan, pour water and sugar and bring it to boil and let it continue for 5 minutes. Once done, switch off the heat until you are ready to cook the rasgullas.
  5. After 30 minutes of hanging the cheesecloth, un-tie it and collect the cheese in a bowl. Next, knead the cheese until it’s smooth and creamy. I trust my hand for this task even though it requires a little bit of effort. It would take about 7 to 10 minutes. Once done, make tiny balls out of the dough. Keep in mind that once the cheese balls are cooked in sugar syrup, they would almost double in size.
  6. If you making a huge batch and the sugar syrup pan is not big enough to hold all of them in one go, don’t overcrowd it.
  7. Drop a pinch of saffron treads in sugar syrup pan and heat it once again. Let it stay at medium heat. Drop the cheese balls with extreme precaution and care, one by one. Let it cook for 15 minutes in medium heat. Cover the pan.Turn around the rasgulla in between for even cooking.
  8. Once done, switch off the heat and leave the rasgulla in the syrup. Once cooled serve with the syrup.

Notes

Making rasgullas is not difficult but it's tricky. Kneading the cheese is important but if you knead it for too long, the end result would be chewy and not soft. Also over cooking the rasgullas in sugar syrup will make it hard instead of pillowy.

 

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  • Archana
    Archana
    April 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Beautiful transformation to ‘Playful Cooking’! Love the playful header! Equally beautiful and delicious rasgullas! Love it!

  • Abby
    Abby
    April 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    your food styling is gorgeous, as usual! i just had to comment to say i love the new header – it’s so cute! such a pretty font that complements your site perfectly!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Thanks Abby 🙂 You are always so sweet!

  • Prerna@indiansimmer
    [email protected]
    April 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Love Love Love it!! The name might have changed but its still SO you. Specially love the banner.
    So proud of you for making this change babe. Good luck to Playful Cooking!

  • Radhika@JustHomemade
    [email protected]
    April 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Congratulations! Kana.. Change is good!
    Loving the new name & the new header..
    Who can say to Rasgullas? Not me! 😉

  • nags
    nags
    April 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    i love the new look and the pics in this post are gorgeous. i am glad you finally settled on what your heart told you to do 🙂

  • Vishakha
    Vishakha
    April 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I like the new playful look 🙂 Beautiful pics as usual!!

  • Shumaila
    Shumaila
    April 28, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Love the header and the new look. And can not say enough about the photography in these post!! Absolutely beautiful! Congrats Kankana on a new beginning and wish you the very best!

  • Rashmi
    Rashmi
    April 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Congrats & Lovely. Got one query, can we do this from the paneer purchased from dairy or shop?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Thanks Rashmi 🙂 It’s not easy to make with store bought paneer because those are harden to form the thick block. You can grate and try kneading it to a soft texture, but I am not sure how it would work out. I have always made with only homemade fresh paneer.

  • Manju @ Manju's Eati
    Manju @ Manju's Eati
    April 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    though I’m not a huge fan of rasgullas (more of a ras malai fan) , I loved the way you’ve presented them. And as usual you header is stunning…love the little balloon , which my 1.5yr old would happily call ballum 🙂

  • Anamika
    Anamika
    April 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Love this new look and the new name. Header looks cute. Rassgulla’s are a perfect start for new beginning! Lovely pics…all the best :)!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Love the new header! So excited for you and your new name :).

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    April 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Good luck on your wonderful new journey!! Everything looks wonderful 🙂 xx

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Your email was very helpful. Thanks for building the confidence in me to go ahead with the decision 🙂

  • Spandana
    Spandana
    April 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Congratulation on new beginning and Good Luck! Love new header!
    Rasgullas are so mouth-watering!

  • Rosa
    Rosa
    April 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Mmmmhh, exquisite and highly addictive, I’m sure! That is an intriguing dessert.

    A lovely new name and header!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Nandita
    Nandita
    April 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Loved the new look of your blog Kankana. The rasgullas are to die for. I have never been able to make rasgullas properly. They have always been disasters. I’ll try your recipe next time 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Thanks Nandita 🙂 Making rasgulla is not difficult, but tricky. Kneading the dough too much will end in a uncomfortable chewy texture and if you do not knead it enough it would break apart as you boil! Hope my recipe will help you. Would love to hear if you try 🙂 xoxo

  • Sarvani
    Sarvani
    April 29, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    You made rasgullas!! RESPECT!!! and they look soo good!!

  • Lizzy (Good Things)
    Lizzy (Good Things)
    April 29, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Love the new name and the header… great recipe!

  • Marie|Little Kitchie
    Marie|Little Kitchie
    April 29, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    First of all, this looks delicious! Second, LOVE your new look! It just looks perfect. Congratulations!

  • Sayana Rahiman
    Sayana Rahiman
    April 29, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Change can be so refreshing, right? I love the new title and thrilled to see Rasgullas to introduce the new title. Have tried making these at home and have failed twice. Must be my kneading process. Hoping to strike luck with you recipe. Happy blogging 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Thansk Sayana 🙂 Yeah, change is definitely refreshing. I am happy with the change and glad to hear all the positive comments! With rasgulla, the kneading is very critical. You have to knead just enough to avoid it from getting chewy or breaking apart. Do let me know if my recipes works for you 🙂

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    April 29, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Those juicy, pretty, Saffrony Rasgullas are screaming, “Eat me!” 🙂

  • Soma
    Soma
    April 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    One of my North Indian friend said, the first thing you should learn in Bengali is, how to say “rashogolla”.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      ha ha ha that is true you know!

      • Soma
        Soma
        April 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Why not including rashogolla in the heading too? A Bengali rashogolla deserves its real name

  • Nik@ABrownTable
    [email protected]
    April 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    These look gorgeous! Also, loving the new revamped site.

  • Radhika Vasanth
    Radhika Vasanth
    April 29, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Changes bring lots of joy and rejuvenates us instantly. I am loving this new name and the new header. Good luck sweetie.

    And those rasgullas are to die for.

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    April 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Congratulations on the successful change! Love the new name and the new header. As for the juicy Rasgullas, who can say no to them?

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    April 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Finally you have made your decision, Bravo! Congratulation Kan, I wish you all the best.
    So happy to mark my name here on your new journey with Playful Cooking.

  • easyfoodsmith
    easyfoodsmith
    April 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Absolutely loved the new name and the header of your blog!! It is so ‘you’ 🙂

    The rasgullas look very tempting and its such a co-incidence that I too made rasgullas today!

  • kulsum@journeykitche
    [email protected]
    April 30, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    Love the new banner babe! Congrats – glad everything went smooth. And please send some rasgulla my way! 🙂

  • carey
    carey
    April 30, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I’d never heard of rasgulla until now, but they look and sound wonderful! (I remember back when I was first learning about cheese-making basics and thinking it was so neat that there were some that required kneading. I had no idea!)

    And the new header is so lovely! Congrats on the smooth transition! (: (Despite Matt’s constant reassurances during my domain switch, I was afraid the whole thing was just going to disappear into online oblivion.) Also, I see you got your previous S&S posts to redirect to the new domain, which is awesome! I think Matt could learn a thang or two from Arvind. 😉

  • Soma
    Soma
    April 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    A stunning post for a stunning “new”. Love the header! Congrats for making the change 🙂 xo

  • Shema George
    Shema George
    April 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The site looks awesome…was waiting to see the changes…love the new look 🙂 The rasgulla’s look awesome

  • mjskit
    mjskit
    April 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Congratulations on your transition and new site! It’s as lovely as the S&S! I do love the title as much as I love this Rasgulla. Looks and sounds wonderful!

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    April 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    LOVE SUPER LOVE! SUPER DUPER LOVE!!!!!!!
    MAny congrats and zillion wishes to your way…
    I love the new name and once again, its you and your beautiful place that will always be super special!
    Talk to you soon! Also send me these rasgulla I told earlier too…

  • Sia | Monsoon Spice
    Sia | Monsoon Spice
    May 1, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I know I am repeating what others have already mentioned, but I LOVE the header 🙂 Your blog look is quite refreshing. I am glad that everything worked out fine.
    I am not really a big fan of Rasgulla (or any other sweets for that matter), but loving the gorgeous photographs.

    P.S: Did I say I like the new name? I think I did but let me say it again 😉

  • Eva | A in C
    Eva | A in C
    May 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Your photos are gorgeous! And I love the new look of the site. So clean and bright and refreshing! This is the first I’ve heard if Rasgulla but I could not be more intrigued. You’ve combined two of my favorite things in this dish (cheese and syrup) so this is definitely going on my to-make list. Beautiful post, Kankana!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    May 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I haven’t been in your corner in ages, sorry about that! Congrats on the new change–just read both of the previous posts, and I love the new name- change is good, everything else will come together. Your images are stunning as always!

  • Joyti
    Joyti
    May 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Congratulations! The new name captures the same happy, sunny, joyful feel that your old one did, but it is more food-specific. I love the new logo/banner too, very similar to the old one but (I think) even prettier.

    The rasgulla looks delicious. Such a nice way to celebrate.

  • Sathya
    Sathya
    May 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Great transition, Kankana………….rasgullas look yummy and will try to make them sometime….Good luck to you

  • rebecca
    rebecca
    May 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    nice name and after all its your blog so your baby and your call, lovely dessert pass me the spoon 🙂

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.c
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.c
    May 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    So so excited of your new endeavor! Loving everything about playful cooking and this rasgulla’s are a perfect celebration of happiness 🙂

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    May 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Congratulation Sweetie! Love your header and the font, so refreshing and super cutie! And the Rasgulla is just wonderful, loved the cloudy low contrast? look of the pictures, would love to try it some time…Keep rocking with Playful cooking 🙂

  • IshitaUnblogged
    IshitaUnblogged
    May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    I’m surprised that I hadn’t left any comment. But I remember clearly that I had read this post. Probably I was still in the grumpy brigade regarding the name change. Not only have I forgotten that this blog was ever called anything else. Your play in the kitchen deserves to be called playful cooking. I love this blog too much anyway and you’ve won my heart with the Rasgullas!