Rasgulla happens to be one of my personal favourites when I am thinking of Indian desserts👌 They are so light…spongy & not at all heavy on the palate.
But, making them can be tricky…right from using the right kind of milk to mashing it to perfection! Then making sure that they cook through well!! 😉
These were never on my mind…not exactly something I was planning to make, but then…milk splits early one morning & it just pops into mind to give these a go! Looked up some recipes online..and found a really easy recipe & some tips for a first timer like myself😉…but I have adjusted the quantity of sugar as per our liking.
Let’s get going..
️Yield: 7-8 Rasgullas
Equipment: a large plate, a pressure cooker, a ladle, extra bowls, measuring cups/ spoons.
1 litre milk (I used Amul Toned milk)
1/2 tsp citric acid pwd
2 cup sugar
3-4 cup water
a few strands of saffron to garnish
pistachio to garnish
Please note that the milk had already split in my case. But to split the milk specially to make these…heat the milk in a large pan, once it comes to a boil, add the citric acid pwd and stir once. The milk will split. Just strain the milk solids in a muslin cloth and wash the solids within the cloth under running water to get rid of any traces of citric acid.
Keep the milk solids in the muslin cloth under some weight for 30 mins to remove all the whey. Then transfer the cottage cheese/ paneer on a plate. Mash the paneer with the your hands until it’s soft and a little greasy in texture. Next, divide the mashed paneer in equal parts…about 7-8 and make smooth, crack free balls. Set them aside.
Now, add water and sugar in the pressure cooker. Turn the flame on and let the sugar melt. Once the sugar has melted completely & the syrup starts boiling, add the balls one by one. Close the lid and place the weight too. Let it simmer for 10 mins on high flame. Then after the first whistle, lower the flame and let it simmer for another 5-8 mins. Turn off the flame after that. Let the pressure release on its own. Then take out the cooked rasgulla and the syrup and place them in a bowl to cool down completely. You can squeeze them and see how spongy they have turned out to be! They are ready…garnish & serve them chilled!!
They taste really nice..and keep well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. You can make these with full-fat milk too.
Adapted from Nisha Madhulika.