Rabdi cream

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: Sweets | Tags: , |

This is used for garnishing various Bengali desserts.

Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Cooking Time : 30 mins.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients
1 litre full fat milk
2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons chenna


Method
1. Heat the milk on a medium flame in a broad non-stick pan, stirring continuously.
2. When the milk boils, add the sugar and keep stirring continuously on a medium flame till it reduces to about 1 cup.
3. Pour onto a flat plate and chill for about 20 minutes.
4. Add the chenna to it and blend in a food processor.
5. Pour again onto the flat plate and chill till it is semi-set.
6. Use as required.

CHENNA

This is the basic ingredient used in most Bengali sweets.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes approx. 1cup.

Ingredients
1 litre cow’s milk
1/2 teaspoon citric acid (nimbu ke phool)
Method
1. Dissolve the citric acid in 1/2 cup of water and keep aside.
2. Bring the milk to a boil in a pan, stirring continuously.
3. Remove from the fire and stir for 5 to 7 minutes till the milk is slightly cool.
4. Add the citric acid solution and stir the milk gently.
5. The milk mill curdle and the whey will separate. The whey has to be clear thus indicating the milk has completely curdled. Allow it to rest for 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Strain out all the whey using a clean damp muslin cloth.
7. Fold all the 4 sides of the muslin cloth and twirl it gently so that all the whey that is in the milk solids gets evenly drained out.
8. Gather the cloth from all 4 sides and squeeze the chenna lightly about 3 to 4 times so that most of the whey gets drained out.
9. Remove the chenna onto a clean plate and knead gently so that it is free of lumps and take care not to apply too much pressure while kneading the chenna.
10. It is advisable to use this almost immediately.
11. Use as required.
Tips
Points to remember :
Make sure that the milk is lukewarm while adding the citric acid mixture. Do not shock hot milk as it will affect the quality of the chenna.
Always use cow’s milk for making chenna as it has a low fat content.
If you use buffalo’s milk, let the milk rest after boiling it and then discard the skin that is formed.
Always use fresh chenna for making rasgullas.

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