Sandesh is an all-time favorite Bengali Sweet & here's how you can prepare this rose flavored Indian dessert at home with paneer. A no-cook festive recipe!
This part of the year gets me all excited. The festive season begins by mid-year and continues till the year-end. Beginning with Janmashami which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, followed by Ganesh Chaturthi which celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh. Later comes Navratri where we celebrate the Indian goddess followed by Diwali. Add Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas to this and viola, the second half of the year is filled with celebrations!
With so many festive occasions lined up, can you imagine what the recipe line up would be?! Each recipe needs to be different and suit the occasion. Since the first festival is Janmashtami, presenting the first dessert of this season! I chose to make this delicious Bengali dessert called Sandesh for the same. However this time, this festival is even more special. As you know, I recently became an aunt to a beautiful niece and this is her first festival ever! I had to make it special even though she is miles away from me right now.
Girls love pink and I do agree with it! I love that color which I am sure my niece would approve of as well. My first dessert dedicated to her had to be something in pink and hence the rose flavored Sandesh became a reality. When she grows up, I will surely be making this again especially for her. The best thing about this recipe is that it's a no-cook recipe that can be made in a jiffy. Plus it tastes so delicious besides it being aromatic due to the rose essence. This dessert is surely worth the minimum effort that it requires and will be loved by all across ages.
Crumble paneer, add sugar, rose essence, and rose syrup. Mix well. Add this mixture to a blender and pulse for 30 seconds. This is just to bring the mixture together. Scrape it off from the blender and shape them into your desired shape. Place pistachio in the center and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. This stays good for 4-5 days if refrigerated. Serve chilled.
This is how you make Rose Sandesh from scratch. You will be overwhelmed by the smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture and the tantalizing aroma of rose that engulfs this delicious mithai. I served this for my friends on Janmashtami and watched it disappear within seconds. It was loved by all and that always makes me happy.
- 2 cups paneer
- 6-8 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp rose essence
- 4 tbsp rose syrup
- Pistachios for garnish
- Crumble paneer, add sugar, rose essence and rose syrup. Mix well. Add this mixture to a blender and pulse for 30 seconds. This is just to bring the mixture together. Scrape it off from the blender and shape them into your desired shape. Place a pistachio in the center and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. This stays good for 4-5 days if refrigerated. Serve chilled.
Giving any dessert a rose flavor elevates the dish besides giving it an aromatic flavor. Rose Coconut Ladoo, Rambutan Rose Lassi, and Beetroot Plum Rose Ice Pops are just some recipes that you can make in this flavor.