This Diwali ( 2009) I wanted to make something different. So i thought why not make Ras Malai as this is my favourite sweet. Ras Malai consists of sugary, cream to yellow-colored flattened balls of paneer soaked in cream. Let's see how it's done.
Whole milk - 8 cups (divided)
Water- 5 cups ( in a pressure cooker)
Sugar - 1 cup
Lemon juice-- 2 tbsp
Saffron- a pinch
Cardamom powder-- 1/4 tsp
Almonds & Pistachio-- 2-3 tbsp chopped roughly
Sugar for the Ras -- to taste
- Boil 4 cups of milk in a steel pan & boil the remaining 4 cups milk in a non stick pan. ( The milk The milk in the non-stick pan needs to be reduced to half the quantity so once it comes to a boil, keep the flame low and keep cooking while stirring occasionally. Grind saffron with a small amount of sugar and add it to the milk while boiling).
- Once the milk in the steel pan comes to a rolling boil, slowly add lemon juice.
- When the milk curdles (paneer), switch off the stove and strain the paneer in a cheese cloth.
- Pour a little cold water over the paneer and hang the cheese cloth on the tap for approx 30 minutes to remove all of the liquid.
- Remove the paneer from the cheese cloth and run it through a food processor to smooth it out. You can knead the paneer by hand but it will take a long time to make it smooth.
- Divide the paneer into 12 equal portions a little smaller than the size of a ping pong ball.
- Roll the portions in your hands until a smooth ball is formed. Lightly press the ball until it flattens out.
- In the pressure cooker with water, dissolve 1 cup sugar and add the flattened paneer.
- Close pressure cooker lid and cook until one whistle sounds. Immediately switch off the stove and set the timer for exactly 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, carefully take the pressure cooker to the sink and pour cold water over the lid to remove the pressure.
- Remove the cooked paneer with a slotted spoon into a bowl and allow it to cool.
- Meanwhile, the milk in the non-stick pan should have reduced to half. Add sugar to taste, cardamom powder and nuts. Switch off the stove and keep milk aside.
- Once the paneer is cool enough to handle with your hands, gently squeeze out the sugar syrup from the paneer and place the paneer into a serving dish.
- Pour the prepared reduced milk over the paneer and chill in the refrigerator.
- Garnish with additional chopped nuts.
-- I used only whole milk for this recipe. Never tried this with low fat or fat free milk.
--- Recipe Source: http://showmethecurry.com/desserts/ras-malai-indian-dessert-recipe.html
--- I followed exactly as mentioned in the link pasted above.
--- They also have a video demo on how it's done.