Dedicating this pranhara – Bengali Sweets to all my friends and family to celebrate the start of Durgapuja 2020. This year (2020) durgapuja is in a completely different form. Amidst the pandemic, when social distancing is a new norm, it is understood that Durgapuja cannot happen the way it is being celebrated so far. Puja shopping, -No, pandal hopping – No, gorging on street food at the middle of the night – No, endless adda with friends at the puja pandal, – No, No, No…. enjoying a lavish spread at home for lunch and dinner . Yes….
To cut the story short, I have curated my puja menu this time with much care since that is the only enjoyment we have now a days.
Here is my shosti spread this year.
- Chicken cutlet
- Veg fried rice
- akhroti Murg of chicken in walnut sauce
- Tomato amsotyo khejur chutney
- Pranhara sandesh
Let me now share the recipe of Pranhara – Bengali Sweets
Ingredients for Pranhara – Bengali Sweets
- Full cream milk – 2 litres
- Vinegar – 2 tbsp
- Sugar – 2 tbsp
- Condensed milk – 4 tbsp
- Khoya / dry milk powder – 1 tbsp
- Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp
How to make Pranhara – Bengali Sweets
Boil 2 litres of full cream milk well.
When the milk is boiling, add the vinegar mixed with 4 tbsp of water. Remove from heat and stir. Cottage cheese or chhana start separating from the whey. Let it separate completely.
Strain the whey and then put the strainer under running water to remove the trace of vinegar from it. Keep it in the strainer for 30 minutes.
Divide the cottage cheese into to parts. Knead one part with 2 tbsp of sugar. Knead it for 10 minutes continuously .
You will get a smooth lump once the kneading is perfect.
In a pan, add the kneaded lump, now stir it for 4-5 minutes over low heat. Now, add 4 tbsp of condensed milk and mix it well. Stir till the water evaporates completely.
Let it cool a bit, then add it to the remaining half of the cottage cheese.
Start kneading again. This will take a good 15 minutes kneading to mix these two portions really well. Knead, knead, knead. Add 1 tsp of cardamom powder and again knead it well.
You will get a homogeneous mixture like this.
Divide the mixture into equal portion. Make around ball for all the portions, You should get approximately 15-16 balls.
In a plate, take grated khoya or milk powder . ROll the ball onto the grated khoya. Put a raisin at the top and you are done.
Do it for all the balls and keep them separated.
Serve as a traditional Bengali Sweet treat.