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27 March, 2013

Ras Malai-Holi Special !!

27 March, 2013

Ras Malai-Holi Special !!

Holi is a sacred festival of not only Bengalis but of all Indians. It is the "festival of colors". In Indian mythology, the story goes that a boy named Prahlad emerged victorious against his evil father Hiranyakashyap by worshiping Lord Vishnu instead of his father who forced everyone to worship him. Prahlad was also told to enter a burning fire sitting on his sister Holika's lap. Holika had a boon of not getting burnt but it was applicable only when she went in alone. Holika died and Prahlad came out untouched because of his true devotion. This is the story behind Holi.

Ras Malai-Holi Special !!

Each festival has special customs and with customs comes food. Rasmalai, laddoos, kheer etc. are certain desserts which are common to Holi. I will post some more Holi snacks recipes. Till then, have rasmalai and enjoy! Happy Holi!! (And don't forget to comment or subscribe! Njoy!)


For rosogollas: (makes 12-15 balls)

  • Milk - 4 cups
  • Lemon juice - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
  • Water - 4 1/2 cup

For milk mixture:

  • Milk - 1 litre
  • Sugar - 1 cup or more (according to your taste)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Almonds & pistachios - for garnishing 


1.Boil milk in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once its boiled, add the lemon juice and you will find that the milk will curdle and the whey will seperate. Then drain it in a thin muslin cloth or handkerchief.
2. Hold it covered with cloth in running water.Drain the excess water by pressing the cloth so that no water remains. 
3. Remove the chana in a plate, add little cardamom powder and knead it gently for 8-10 mins. so that it turns absolutely soft.
4. Make small smooth balls of equal size from the dough.
5. Next make the sugar syrup by placing a pressure cooker in the stove and adding sugar and water. When the sugar dissolves and comes to a boil add a pinch of cardamom powder.
6. Slowly add the paneer/chana balls to the boiling sugar syrup. Place lid and pressure cook upto 1 whistle and a few more minutes.
7. Turn off the heat and remove the lid. The balls would puff off to double the size.
8. Take out the rasogollas  from the syrup and squeeze them lightly and keep aside.

Making rasmalai :

1. In a sauce pan boil milk on low medium heat till it reduces to half.stirring constantly .
2. Add sugar till it dissolves completely. Now add cardamom powder and mix well. You can also add saffron soaked in 2 tbsp of hot milk.(I didn't use saffron)
3.Slide the rosogollas in the mlik and cook for 10 -12 mins.
4. Let it cool. Garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios and serve chilled.


  1. Spoon licking good rasmalai dear!!! Never had this before though.

    Happy Holi ;)

  2. Yummy looking rasmalais.. Rich & delicious..

  3. this looks lipsmackingly good... u r tempting me to make them... :)

  4. wow my favorite sweets rita and your looks perfect....

  5. finger licking rasmalai,worth the effort,it is so delicious.

  6. tempting sweet dear.. happy holi..

  7. Lovely sweets,i wish to taste it,happy holi to u

  8. Looks so delish Rita. Love them!

  9. Compared to western desserts, I still prefer such delicious Indian sweets. Though on the heavy side - that sugar and milk content, I suppose its still a joy for our taste buds. The golas are like white diamonds, drenched in elusive creamy sauce.

  10. Happy Holi ....love rasmalai. I know Bengalis do their sweets so well. Please pass on a plate.

  11. yummy rasmalai....looks so perfect....

  12. This is something completely new to me. Would love to try it some time. Thanks for sharing, Rita.

  13. Wow ! Fab recipe... Mouthwaterting here... I am ur new follower now on !!!

  14. wow,lovely recipe , really tempting :)

  15. Wow...wonderful rasamalai....looks so tempting....:-)

  16. Very delicious and yummy rasmalai. Thanx for linking my event.Please link in original Spotlight event in Recipe Junction which is hosted by me.

    Cuisine Delights
    "My Monthly Event - Spotlight: Show Your Best Creation "

  17. Thank you so much everyone!! :)

  18. Lovely recipe Rita... Tempting me to grab this sweet.. My favorite sweet :-)


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