Quick Bengali Sandesh Recipe – Indian Milk Fudge: absolutely divine and equally easy recipe to make Bengali Sandesh – most popular sweet recipe from Kolkata, India. It’s a perfect sweet to celebrate any Indian festival or served in any parties.
The Indian Festive Season is in full swing (started yesterday) and here I’m with my ‘Quick Bengali Sandesh Recipe – Indian Milk Fudge for you’ll. Every year, end of September or early October marks the beginning of winter Indian festivals and they end by March or April. Being such a large country, every state/region have their own little festivals too and that means that the entire country is completely immersed in celebrations! And, when we say celebrations, our thought always goes to ‘FOOD’ First 🙂 be it any city or state, then comes the decoration followed by clothes, etc. For those of us, who can’t travel back home, we host our very own Indian festival parties with friends/family and make sure we create an environment similar to that in India. Many of you have tried my festive sweet recipes like this Zarda – Indian Sweet Rice Pilaf with Saffron and Nuts or Gulab Jamun Dessert Parfait – Royal Diwali Treat and many more.
Now, for us (Me+D), it’s, even more, fun as we both come from different states of India and we get to celebrate a whole lot more 🙂 So, we are soon going to step into the biggest festival ‘Durga Puja’ for ‘D’ side of the family and I wanted to surprise him with his favorite sweet – Sandesh. It’s one of ‘THE MOST Popular’ sweet from Kolkata (apart from Rasgulla – Eastern India). Now, a traditional sandesh is made by boiling milk, then converting it into cheese, then going ahead and sauting, mixing more ingredients. Which is definitely delicious, but an extremely laborious process and that’s one of the main reason why it’s not made so often (trust me it’s a very simple sweet). After shifting to the US, I came up with this extremely easy and Quick Bengali Sandesh Recipe (tasting similar to the original one) which turned out so good that it actually became favorite of all our friends/family and a MUST on festive occasions. But, this year, it’s extra special as I got these ‘Sandesh Molds’ all the way from Kolkata. When D had last visited Kolkata, I had asked him to get me some sweet molds from there and I was so excited to see these traditional ‘half wood – half stone’ authentic Bengali Sandesh molds sent by my mother-in-law. She had them since the time she got married and they have been used year after year and still remain absolutely exquisite. So here I’m making these delectable sweets for D, cherishing each moment and thanking my mom-in-law for passing down a piece of the family tradition to me!
Now, the molds does make, making the Sandesh lot easier and fun but you can definitely make them without any molds too. Just shape them into any size or forms you like, the easiest one is a ball and stick some dry fruits on top. So, this Quick Bengali Sandesh Recipe is an actual fusion of ‘Tradition with Modernity’, where the end result is absolutely scrumptious! It’s a no mess or as my friends call it, no-fuss recipe. It’s extremely easy to make and I can guarantee, once you make them, you cannot stop eating it…I’ve literally seen people fight over the last crumbs too!
It takes 15 minutes to make the Sandesh dough and another 15-20 minutes to make this sandesh using the molds. If you are not using molds and simply making balls, then it’s even quicker to make.
TIPS for Using Sandesh Molds:
1. Always, apply some oil to the molds (every nook and cranny of it). This helps in removing the sandesh from the mold when it’s done.
2. Wash the molds with mild soap, air dry or wipe with cloth making sure no water is left (especially if using traditional molds) as they might rust or grow fungus from leftover crumbs.
3. Once washed and dry, use a little oil and evenly massage them to retain that gloss or smoothness.
4. Store them in a box and not cramped in a bag as they might scratch and change the design of your sandesh.
Here are some different shots of the mold and sandesh and I hope you make my recipe a part of your festive celebrations or any other party too. You can even make this 2-3 day in advance and keep in the fridge or they even make great gifts. Just wrap them in cute cupcake wrappers or in any gift box. This recipe makes 21 medium Sandesh.
To all of you, who are celebrating this festival —-> Happy Durga Puja <—–