This year, I shall actually try to do a festival series on the blog. This series is really for my little daughter. She went to the Durga Puja in Stamford, CT this weekend and now wants the entire lowdown! To make the festive spirit complete, it is important that I dug up the recipe for Sandesh, a traditional bengali style cheesecake.
There are food offerings most popularly the myriad number of sweets.
- 1/2 gallon 2% milk
- 1/3 cup tart natural yogurt
- 1/3 cup sugar can be more if you like it sweeter
- 1 teaspoon rosewater
- Chopped Crasins
- Powdered Pistachios
- Place the milk in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, when the milk is bubbling, add in the yogurt and stir.
- In about 10 to 15 seconds, the milk should separate into cottage cheese or whey, if needed you can add some more yogurt.
- Strain the mixture in a cheesecloth, discarding the whey, drain the cheese for about 11/2 hours.
- Place the cheese in a food processor and process for about 1 minute, the mixture should collect into a ball at this point.
- Place the cheese and the sugar in a large wok and cook on low heat for about 7 to 8 minutes, on medium low heat stirring frequently. The mixture should thicken and begin separating from the sides of the cooking pan.
- Cook the mixture and sprinkle with rosewater.
- Shape into small balls.
- Top with chopped craisins and dust with powdered pistachios before serving.