Bengali Kacha Golla – Light Indian Sweet (using Ricotta)

Bengali Kacha Golla: light and flavorful Indian sweet made using ricotta cheese, cardamom, saffron and rosewater. This recipe is made using Ricotta cheese. Post updated in November 2018. 

Post By: Molly Kumar

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Bengali Kacha Golla is one sweet that I cannot resist and thankfully it’s one of the few Indian sweets which is light and extremely easy to make too.

As the month of August concludes, we have a lineup of Indian festivals coming up and these Bengali Kacha Golla recipe makes for a perfect recipe to get them started.

How to Make Bengali Kacha Golla

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Bengali Kacha Golla is a popular sweet from Kolkata (West Bengal – India) but because of its popularity, it’s available in many other Indian states.

The main reason for its popularity is the lightness of the recipe.

Unlike traditional Indian sweets which are either fried or soaked in rich sugary syrup, this one is a refreshing change.

Bengali Kacha Golla ingredients on a platter

Bengali Kacha Golla Ingredients:

Paneer (Indian Cheese) or Ricotta (Full Fat)

Sugar

Rose Water

Cardamom 

Saffron

Pistachio

 

How to make Bengali Kacha Golla recipe

These ingredients are very typical to any Indian home and if need be, all of them can be easily found in Indian grocery stores or even American grocery stores.

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The only thing we need to remember if using Paneer (Indian Cheese):

The Cheese should be dry (not much water in it).

So if you are using paneer, just crumble and saute it over low heat for 2-3 minutes (till water evaporate).

We DONOT want to cook the panner/cheese but simply want to evaporate the water.

homemade Bengali Kacha Golla recipe

* Although they taste best if served when it’s made however sometimes they are so soft, that they might break. Hence I kept them in fridge for 2hrs before serving.

Bengali Kacha Golla recipe using ricotta cheese

 

 

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It’s extremely aromatic and refreshing because of its light ingredients. It can be served for festivals, brunches or even high tea.

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Yield: 12 Pieces

Bengali Kacha Golla (Ricotta Cheese Sweets)

Bengali Kacha Golla (Ricotta Cheese Sweets)
Bengali Kacha Golla: light and flavorful Indian sweet made using ricotta cheese, cardamom, saffron and rosewater. It's a light and non-fried sweet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Full Fat Ricotta or you can use Fresh Homemade Crumbled Paneer– remove all excess water from paneer/chana
  • 5 Tbsp Sugar – I’m using fine sugar
  • ½ Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Tsp Rose Water - Optional
  • Few Strands of Saffron
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Pistachio for decoration - Optional

Instructions

Special Note:

  1. As mentioned above, please do make sure that the ricotta/paneer doesn’t have any water left in it. You may use cheese-cloth to remove excess water.

Making the Kacha Golla

  1. Place ricotta/paneer in a large bowl and knead by hands for 10-15min.(We don’t want to use a food processor to knead this as it will result in a very loose runny paste).

NOTE: if the cheese is watery, then lightly saute it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes (till water evaporate but not more as we DONOT Want the cheese to cook).

  1. Once we attain the smooth, non-grainy dough, add rose water, cardamom powder, saffron and sugar.
  2. Mix well and knead the dough for another 3-4mins.
  3. Now, the dough consistency will be very light and smooth. Divide the entire dough into 11-12 equal portions.
  4. Form into round balls (making sure there are no cracks or lines) and place into cupcake liner.
  5. Decorate each kacha golla with crushed pistachio and rose petals.
  6. Serve fresh or refrigerate for 3-4hrs and serve cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 160 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 100mg Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Protein: 9g

Old Pictures from Oct 2013:

 

Bengali Kacha Golla

4 Replies to "Bengali Kacha Golla - Light Indian Sweet (using Ricotta)"

  • Preethi Gopi March 2, 2019 (3:17 am)

    Hello, i made it for our friday night dinner and everyone loved it. Was so light and easy. Thank you for such a quick recipe

    • Molly Kumar March 6, 2019 (9:56 am)

      Thanks so much Preethi and glad you all liked it.

  • KANKANA August 24, 2018 (3:26 am)

    am absolutely drooling over these! Made it long long back, and you got me tempted.

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