Friday, May 11, 2007

Ras Malai

My little one turned two and i am reminiscing the day he was born, which is like yesterday to me. I think all mothers think likewise too. He was born a day before my birthday, which made him the best birthday present ever i could ask for. Let me check myself here, before i become too sentimental. Wishing my little one and myself a happy birthday !

I made this ras malai for the first time, which turned out quiet well.....

Ingredients

1/2 gallon - Whole milk
1 cup - Vinegar

For sugar syrup

5 cups - Water
1 cup - Sugar

For making ras for malai

1 can - Sweetened Condensed milk
2 can - Evaporated milk
( recommend carnation brand )
1/4 cup - Almonds, chopped
1/4 cup - Pistachios, chopped
A few saffron strands

Method

1 ) First to make malai, boil milk to the boiling point and pour vinegar to curdle the milk. Stir continuously. The milk will curdle and whey will separate. Take off the stove and let it stand for a few minutes.

(In picture boiling milk and then curdled milk )














2 ) Pour the contents to a cheese cloth placed on a sieve. Squeeze & drain out all the whey to get fresh paneer /malai.

3 ) Wash the paneer well with water. You can run water into the drained paneer in the cheese cloth, by placing under a tap.This will remove the vinegar taste.

4 ) Squeeze & drain all the water very well.

  • Then you have to knead the paneer very well. You can knead with hand ( which you will really have to knead for a long time to get soft paneer dough ) or place paneer in food processor and do as dough is made for chapati.
5 ) Make small patties of the paneer.

  • Meanwhile to make sugar syrup, boil water and add sugar to it. Once the sugar has dissolved. Bring the syrup to a good boil, simmer then add the paneer patties to the syrup.
  • On a medium heat cook the paneer patties with lid closed for 5 to 8 minutes. Paneer will double up in size. Switch off the heat and take off the stove. ( It's best to cook paneer patties in small batches, since there should be space in pan, when paneer doubles up)

6 ) To make ras - Mix together evaporated milk and sweetened condense milk.
  • Drain paneer patties from sugar syrup and add to the ras.
  • Then add chopped up almonds, pistachios and garnish with few saffron strands. Refrigerate for an hour.

Serve cold and enjoy this sweet treat.

26 comments:

Sig said...

Happy Birthday again Pravs... and Happy Birthday to your little one too... :) That is so cool that you two have birthdays one day apart... what a birthday gift :).... and wish you a happy mothers day too...

BTW, rasmalai looks sinfully yummy...

Pravs said...

Hi Sig: Thanks a ton !! you are a sweet heart to wish me again :D

Richa said...

many happy returns of the day to u & ur little one, pravs :)
ras malai looks too good & u say u made it for the first time, u always amaze me with ur yummy recipes & pictures :)

Pravs said...

Hi Richa : Thank you so much :D
Honestly, this is my first try @ ras malai. Really pleased to know, my recipes are appealing.
Have a great weekend.

Mishmash ! said...

yes,now when I read ur post, its like the best b'day present one can ask for !!!! Guess what my parents got their best wedding anniversary present once..they celebrate my b'day and their wedding anniversary on the same day :D

rasmalai looks very good ...hope you had a big time celebration:)

Enjoy the Mothers Day too !
Shn

Pravs said...

Hi Shn : Oh my god...how thrilled and overjoyed your parents must be .... i can just imagine :D

Thank you so much. Have a great weekend :D

Sia's Corner said...

b'day wishes to u and ur little one pravs.... am i invited? for ras malasi i will be happy to self ivite myself;)

Pravs said...

Hi Sia : Thank you so much :D. You are most welcome and help yourself, please... :D

reena said...

pravs, happy birthday to the little one and his mommy and also happy mother's day to you. rasmalai is delicious.

Seena said...

Dear,
Happy Birthday to you and little one! Hope rasmalai added the sweetness of you B'days!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

YUMMY one.....I love ras malai a lot...I have tried it in many ways, but I was not satisfied....I think i am going to try ur procedure..... I love it

Pravs said...

Thank you so much Reena and seena for the b'day wishes :D

Hi sukanya: yep just follow my footsteps :D to discover yummy ras malai.

VINI said...

Belated b'day wishes!! Your ras malai looks super yummy...u r on my link list :).

Kribha said...

Dear Pravs,
Belated B'day wishes to you & your little one. Oh my god, no words to say about your rasmalai. SIMPLY SUPERB!!!! Tons of hugs for posting this. I have always made rasmalai in a short cut way which did turn out great. But I would love to do it from scratch if it dosen't get messed up. Thanks for sharing this

Sharmi said...

hey Pravs, while adding the patties to hot syrup, won't it break apart? do we just have to make patties and drop them into the syrup. is it that simple. looks so yummy. I really want to try it. pls tell me that part of making patties.
btw Happy b'day to you and ur lil one.

Pravs said...

hi Vini: Thank you so much for the b'day wishes and for linking me :)

hi kribha: whoa! loved reading your comment :) do let me know how it turned out, when you try.

hi Sharmi: Two important things to take care is... drain out very well all the water when making fresh paneer. secondly knead very well to form smooth paneer dough...then shape to small patties and add to boiling sugar syrup. when paneer cooks & doubles up in size .. there is possibility of breaking... so cook on low heat when cooking in sugar syrup.
Do try and let me know, if it came out well for you.

Sumitha said...

Hey Pravs i am late in wishing you,didnt know you have a small baby too.Wishes to the both of you!

Mandira said...

Belated Birthday wishes to you and the little one. Tha rasmalai looks delicious...

Pravs said...

Thank you so much..sumitha & mandira

Ekta said...

Hi,
I tried out this recipe, and it came out great! I had to keep the syrup on very low heat. My first few broke because of the bubbles on medium heat. But the rest are just perfect. Thanks for the great post!

Pravs said...

Hi Ekta : Thank you so much for this feedback.Glad to know it came out well in the end.

Salma said...

pravs ..wht is evaporated milk?whts the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk? hey can u tell the receipe of rasagulla?

Pravs said...

Salma : Evaporated milk is canned milk product with about 60% of the water removed from fresh milk.It differs from condensed milk which contains sugar.- wiki
you can read more here http://www.verybestbaking.com/products/carnation/evap/default.aspx

Condensed milk, also known as sweetened condensed milk, is cow's milk from which water has been removed and to which sugar has been added, yielding a very thick, sweet product that can last for years without refrigeration if unopened.- wiki
Rasagulla, will try one day and post.

Salma said...

pravs , it cameout well ...excellent one..keep posting nice and yummy dishes

Pravs said...

Salma : Thats great !! :)

Natasha Papousek said...

Yum! Ras malai is one of my all time faves!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!