Sondesh (Bengali Sweet)


1 litre milk preboiled and top cream removed
1/2 tsp. citric acid or
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. corn flour
1/2 cup sugar ground fine
1/4 tsp. essence of choice
few drops color to match essence flavor
(example. green with pista essence)
For topping:
1 tsp. slivered pistas and almonds
1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
Small moulds of choice


1.Dissolve acid or lemon juice in 1/2 cup warm water
2.Put milk to boil. When it rises, pour acidic water all over it.
3.Reduce heat and stir till fully curdled.
4.When whey and water separate completely, remove from heat.
5.Strain in clean muslin cloth.
6.Hold under running water for a minute.
7.Press out excess water and hang for 15 minutes (paneer is made).
8.Empty the paneer in a large plate.
9.Take 2 tbsp of paneer in a heavy pan and add cornflour.
10.Heat on medium flame stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes.
Cool, add to paneer in plate, add sugar, essence and colour.