Raskadam (An Indian Sweet made with milk and sugar) – Guest Post for Radhika @ Just Home Made

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This time of the year calls for family get together, it calls for shopping and it calls for lots of eating.. rich flavorful meals followed by different types of sweets. We are celebrating Navratri, Durga Puja and Diwali is just around the corner!

As a kid, the preparations used to start a month in advance. Buying new clothes, new pair of shoes and of-course matching accessories to go with the dress. Growing up in a Bengali family, Durga Puja has always been The Festival we look forward to the whole year. There would be no school, no homework; those few days was only about meeting up with friends, dressing up in fashion and spending the whole day visiting different locations for Durga Puja.

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It’s a 4-day celebration and if I start talking more about Durga Puja, it would turn out to be a very long post and I don’t want to bore you with that 🙂 Lets talk about food now.. one topic we all love!

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When my dear friend Radhika asked me to do a guest post for Navratri, I decided to make something sweet for her. She had once mentioned to me that she likes Bengali sweets and she loves Raskadam. So, I thought this would be the best time to make Raskadam.

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Few months back Radhika had shared a delicious Mango Strawberry Honey Yogurt Granola Parfait and today I am heading over to her space.

She is from Texas and shares delicious recipes with gorgeous photos in her blog Just Home Made. The blog name says it all… it’s all homemade vegetarian dishes that she loves to cook and loves to write about. She is one such friend whom I treasure the most.. we both love to talk and can spend hours talking over our passion for food and photography 🙂

Raskadam is a very popular Indian sweet treat which has a soft creamy texture and juicy in the center. It’s made with ‘khoya’ (dried whole milk) and curdle milk. The curdle milk is used to make Rasgulla (juicy sweet balls dipped in syrup) which is then wrapped with the khoya dough.

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It may sound a little complicated but once you read the recipe in detail, you will know that it is very easy. There is no baking involved in it and hardly any cooking too!

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I want to thank Radhika for mentioning this sweet to me or else, I would have never learned how to make this sweet.

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Raskadam (An Indian Sweet made with milk and sugar)

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • a pinch of saffron threads
  • 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups khoya, grated or mashed
  • 1 cup paneer, grated

Instructions

Start by making the rasgullas:

  1. In a deep pan, bring the milk to boil. Remember to stir it occasionally or else the milk will get burnt.
  2. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and pour the lemon juice while stirring it constantly.
  3. Within 3 to 4 seconds, the milk will curdle and you should see clear green water. At this time, turn off the heat completely.
  4. Let it cool for a minute and then strain it through the cheesecloth.
  5. Wash the collected cheese with cold tap water to remove the lemon flavor.
  6. Tie the sides of the cheesecloth together tightly and hang it somewhere to drain the remaining water from the cheese. This should take
  7. about an hour.
  8. Take out the cheese from the cheesecloth and knead for about 10 minutes, or until it's smooth.
  9. Make small balls out of the dough and keep it aside.
  10. Now, add sugar with 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker and bring it to boil.
  11. Add the small balls of dough in it and let it boil for around 4 minutes.
  12. Cover the cooker with the lid and boil for another 3 minutes.
  13. Once it's cooled completely, strain the balls and spread it in a kitchen towel.

Next make the dough with khoya:

  1. Mix a pinch of saffron threads with 1-1/2 tbs milk.
  2. In a bowl, mix the grated khoya, powdered sugar, saffron milk and make a dough out of it. Keep it aside.

Prepare the grated paneer dust :

  1. In a non stick pan, cook the grated panner in low heat until it changes to golden in color.
  2. Spread it in a kitchen towel and let it cool completely. Then, put it in a food processor and grate it to a coarse dust.
  3. Spread the dust in a separate plate.

Assembling the raskadam:

  1. Take a little bit of dough in your hand and spread it flat.
  2. Place the rasgulla in the center and wrap it with the dough.
  3. Roll it slightly and make a ball out of it.
  4. Place it on the plate with the paneer dust and rub it slightly all around.
  5. Once you are done making all the raskadam, let it chill in the refrigerator for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. You can refrigerate it in an air tight jar for up-to 3 days.

Wish you all a very happy and joyful festive season!

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  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    October 4, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    This is one of my fav bengali sweets..had it first time after marriage & LOVE it! Thanks for the recipe ..now I can try at home..heading over to get it a Radhika’s Blog.

  • Baker Street
    Baker Street
    October 4, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    I love the food you get during durga pooja. From the sweets to the fish! just everything! Lovely guest post K! 🙂

  • SinFoodie
    SinFoodie
    October 4, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Just yesterday I was thinking of making them soon, glad you shared the recipe. Now i don’t have to search for it 🙂 This is one of my favourite sweets.

    They have come out really well and photos are so inviting!

  • Manu
    Manu
    October 4, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Happy Navratri and happy Durga puja! 🙂
    This is a completely new sweet to me and I love the sound of it! Besides, it also look beautiful! :-))

  • Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    Ellie | Gourmand Recipes
    October 5, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    This dessert is gorgeous and so interesting. I love everything made of milk and sugar!

  • Karen
    Karen
    October 5, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    I would love to hear more about Durga Puja!!! Not boring to me at all!
    These sweets look delcious…going over to check them out fully.
    Saw on Twitter that you’re from Santa Clara…always nice to meet another Bay Area food blogger!

  • nisha
    nisha
    October 5, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    never really eaten it but im loving the look of it all 🙂
    gorgeous pics as usual

  • Rosa
    Rosa
    October 5, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    What an amazing treat! So irresistible. I’m bookmarking your recipe.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Sandi G
    Sandi G
    October 5, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    NICE pictures. Hope you are on food gawker!

  • Shri
    Shri
    October 5, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    First time for this recipe; it looks amazing! Happy Dusshera.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 5, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    now this looks like something I could sink my teeth into not once but a few times! They look fantastic and so yummy

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    October 5, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    I just had my dose of festivities and celebration while home, but I’m still tempted by looking at your awesome photos. Haven’t tasted this sweet before. But I’m so intrigued by your description and pics. Heading over to Radhika’s to check out the details..!

  • Happy Cook / Finla
    Happy Cook / Finla
    October 5, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Now I know what the filling is, looks beautiful and delicious.

  • lisaiscooking
    lisaiscooking
    October 5, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    These look so delicious! The creamy middle is lovely. Wish I could sample one right now.

  • Tadka Pasta
    Tadka Pasta
    October 5, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Wow! It looks wonderfully creamy and delicious! Even the name is so tempting!

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    October 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    such gorgeous clicks. i think ive had this…its very very tasty

  • sreelu
    sreelu
    October 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    wow drooling looking at the pics, happy dussera kankana !!

  • Charles
    Charles
    October 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Doesn’t sound like a boring post at all… I’d love to hear more about it… truly so interesting!

    These sweets look just beautiful too. Would love to try them!

  • Sobha Shyam
    Sobha Shyam
    October 5, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    a new sweet to me, looks awesome dear, superb clicks, will check out the recipe..

    Regarding storing apple jam….i guess since its homemade and there are no preservatives added, its better to consume in 2 weeks. I have added lemon juice which acts a preservative to some extent, but still better to consume at the earliest..

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    October 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    This is the reason why I love Indian sweets so much! There’s always something new to try 🙂

  • Divya
    Divya
    October 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I love the festive season – more opportunities to eat sweets! I’ve never tried this sweet before, it looks scrumptious!

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    October 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    We love Indian sweets – these look terrific Kankana – with beautiful photography as usual.

  • Kim Bee
    Kim Bee
    October 5, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    These look so yummy. I’ve never made anything quite like this. I think I might have to try these out. Your pictures are amazing.

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    October 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    delicious looking dessert kankana checked out your lovely guest post

  • Radhika
    Radhika
    October 5, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Kankana,

    Thank you so much for thoughtfully making this wonderful Bengali sweet – an all time favorite of mine!
    In spite of me struggling to explain what kind of a sweet it was, you have nailed it! How I wish I could taste it..
    Once again thanks for making such a lovely guest post!

  • Radhika
    Radhika
    October 5, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    And I forgot… Kankana, How touching that you made everything from scratch for “Just Home Made”..

  • Ann
    Ann
    October 5, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    SO beautiful and they look absolutely delicious! (and your photos are mouthwatering!)

  • Kala
    Kala
    October 5, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    They look delicious. And your blog is a feast for the eyes!

  • Priya
    Priya
    October 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Happy Durga puja! Looks yummy, Juicy rusgolla actually made my mouth water, right now.

  • Indrani
    Indrani
    October 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Wow, kankana you made raskadam at home, can’t believe, it’s my favorite sweet too like others..I have to make it too, as your pics are watering my mouth..shubho bijoya dashami to u and ur family

  • Tina@flourtrader
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    October 6, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    What an tasty and elegant looking treat. I will need to pop on over to that other blog to see how this is done. Your picture are stunning, I would buy these at a bakery they look so good. Great post.

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    October 6, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    Oh my I am so enamored with these! That creamy delicious center..swoon!

  • Sweet Artichoke
    Sweet Artichoke
    October 6, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    OMG, this bengali sweet is yet unknown to me…I wish I could try it right now! It looks so delicious, I love the rasgulla center!

  • Apu
    Apu
    October 6, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Yum yum love this dessert.

    Apu @annarasa

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    October 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Wow..one more amazing recipe and photos look mouthwatering!!!Nicely done girls!!!

  • sukanya
    sukanya
    October 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Subho bijoya Kankana

    Raskadam looks amazing with so many tempting photos

  • Sissi
    Sissi
    October 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    At first they look like truffles, but when one reads the recipe attentively they sounds like very unusual sweets (at least for someone who has never had any Indian dessert!). Lovely presentation!

  • Shilpa Sharma
    Shilpa Sharma
    October 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    A very happy festive season to you too….love this part of the year…celebrations with family and friends and of course lots of food….never dared to make this but would now give it a try….explained beautifully and again – stunning photography…

    -Shilpa xx

  • Sadhana
    Sadhana
    October 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Lovely sweet and a very happy Durga Pooja to you and your family.

  • La @ FoodSlice
    La @ FoodSlice
    October 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Oh thanks for reminding me about Pujo in kolkata, i lived there for 2 years. Possibly the best festival time i ever had and also the most exhausting, did all night pandal hopping for 3 nights in a row and loved it. This sweet looks tempting.

  • La @ FoodSlice
    La @ FoodSlice
    October 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    And Shubho Bijoya. Haven’t said that to anyone in years 🙂

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    October 6, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    I would never ever forget all Indian sweets anyway as i lived there for 6 years and its enough time for me to discover and experiences all the gorgeous sweets! nice food photo you have kankana

  • My Wandering Spoon
    My Wandering Spoon
    October 6, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Wow, dessert looks beautiful and I’m sure that taste is amazing, love the Indian spices:)
    https://mywanderingspoon.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/hors-doeuvre-figs-goat-cheese-with-homemade-chia-crackers/

  • Liz
    Liz
    October 7, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    What beautiful sweets! I’d love to sample these little gems. Enjoy all the festivities this special time of year 🙂

  • Kalyan
    Kalyan
    October 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Well, I’m just short of words after going through each pic for almost 10 seconds each…I can only say, its sweet delicacy at its best…only if I could have tasted it….sigh:(

  • foodwanderings
    foodwanderings
    October 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Aww Kankana what a beautiful post. I was certain I commented on this post but cannot c it on the string of comments. have ajoyful Indian holidays season!Hopping over to Radhika.

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    October 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Such a beautiful and yummy treat! Off to check your recipe….

  • tigerfish
    tigerfish
    October 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Have not tried these sweets before. Are they of melting texture? They sure look like melt-in-the-mouth cookies 😉

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    October 7, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Haven’t heard of raskadam, but I definitely would like to try those gorgeous looking treats!

  • gloria
    gloria
    October 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    These look absolutely delicious Kankana!! gloria

  • peachkins
    peachkins
    October 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    I love anything with milk and sugar!

  • Christy Gerald
    Christy Gerald
    October 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Hi this raskadam luks superdelicious and yumm.Luv the inviting clicks.Thanks for dropping in.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    October 8, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Always loved eating this sweet in my fav. bengali sweet shop..now I am gonna try myself..hopping to Radhika’s blog for more detail.

  • Tiffany
    Tiffany
    October 8, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    These look delicious! And I love the purple candy holders! So pretty! 😀

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    This is so interesting! It actually looks a lot like a Chinese dessert that I absolutely love! I wonder if this one tastes very similarly? Looks like I must try it out to compare both 😉 !!

  • Vijitha
    Vijitha
    October 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Delicious sweet! Hope you had a blessed festival. I have never heard of this. As always superb pictures.

  • Kate@Diethood
    [email protected]
    October 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Oh sweet Jesus, these sound crazy-goooood! I must must must try these!

  • Katherine Martinelli
    Katherine Martinelli
    October 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Wonderful recipe!! What a great sweet. Happy holiday!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    These are SUPER cute Kankana!!! Happy holiday! I might celebrate Diwali with my neighbor friends too. Excited!

  • Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    Tanvi @ The Hathi Cooks
    October 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Wow! So incredible that you made the rasgulla! These look delicious!

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    October 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Happy Navratri and happy Durga puja!
    I love how elegant the raskadam looks 🙂
    heading over to checkout the recipe

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    October 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Kankana these looks so pretty and well made….
    God I visit your blog see all these goodness and then crave them whole day….
    Torture girl. Send me some.

  • skip to malou
    skip to malou
    October 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    wow stunning photos. they look so divine.. so dainty!!! as in i want to hide in embarrassment with the kind of photos and posts that i make in my blog :). but this post definitely sparked an inspiration for me. I have to call my best friend Nimmi and her why and how come she never introduced me to this sweet little cuties yet hahah!
    Im so glad i came over here!
    Malou

  • Vandya
    Vandya
    October 21, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Whoa! What presentation….!! B-E-A-utiful! My mouth is already watering…..a must try this weekend!

  • Ambika
    Ambika
    October 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Wow!!! I have never heard of this sweet, but those things are certainly the most gorgeous things ever! Omg! Stunning, I’m so glad I discovered your blog!!!!!