Rasgulla – A Delightful Cottage Cheese Delicacy
Rasgullas made from fresh cottage cheese are a real sweet temptation, hard to resist. I consider these delicacies a healthy treat as these are devoid of the other two culprits (oil and refined flour) mainly used to prepare most of the Indian sweets except the sugar.
I detest the commercially made Rasgullas which tastes like a piece of sponge dipped in sugar syrup. And am sure you will be one with me once you try making these at home.
The first step in making Rasgullas is to make Cottage Cheese or Paneer, which I already explained in my last post Cottage Cheese and a quick dessert. After the fresh paneer s prepared follow the recipe below;
(makes 20-25 Rasgullas)
- 1 cup of fresh Cottage Cheese
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp of cornflour or refined flour (optional)
- A pinch of saffron (optional)
- Kewara water or any essence of your choice
Method: Take the prepared cottage cheese in a plate and knead it softly using your palm, till it looks like a paste and is devoid of any lumps. At this stage add 1 tsp of refined flour or cornflour to the paste. I avoided the refined flour as I was confident that the Rasgullas will not break, and it didn’t 🙂
Prepare small marble size balls from the dough.
Take a big vessel and boil 2 cups of water in it. Add 1 cup of sugar in it and let the sugar dissolve.
Now add the cottage cheese balls in the boiling water. There are 3-4 stages you will notice while cooking the Rasgullas.
1. The balls will settle down at the first stage. Some of the balls will start floating after a few seconds.
2. Keep the flame on medium and keep checking. The Rasgulas are a bit plumpy and occupies a bigger space.
Saffron adds a beautiful flavor and color to the Rasgullas.
Stays good for 3-4 days in refrigerator.
- Cottage cheese made with whole milk gives a softer and much creamy Rasgullas. I used skim milk here.
- Replace sugar free with the normal sugar if you wish to avoid sugar.
- A healthy way to add the goodness of cottage cheese in your kids diet.
- Make Rasmalai, another Indian delicacy with the above recipe. Just add concentrated milk (milkmaid) to the drained out rasgullas and serve chilled.
Stay connected for many more healthy recipes to come. Take care.