Two in One Sondesh; not the ice cream!
 
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The Two in One Sondesh I made on Nabami, was prepared from homemade Chana & flavored with Vanilla & Strawberry & shaped using traditional terracotta mold.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Bengali
Serves: 20 Sondesh
Ingredients
To make Chana or Cottage Cheese:
  • Full Cream Milk: 2 Litres
  • Lemon: 2
To Make Two in One Sondesh:
  • Chana/ Cottage Cheese: prepared from two litres Milk
  • Powdered Sugar: 5 Tbsp.
  • Vanilla Essence/ Extract: 2-3 drop
  • Strawberry Jam/ Strawberry Compote: 4 Tbsp.
  • Condensed Milk: 6 Tbsp.
  • Ghee: 1 Tsp. (to grease the mold)
Instructions
  1. %Making of Two in One Sondesh
To make Chana or Cottage Cheese:
  1. Boil milk in a deep bottom pan and reduce to ⅓.
  2. When the milk is reduced in quantity simmer the flame and add lemon juice to the milk to curdle it.
  3. When the milk starts curdling, switch the flame off and cover the pan with a lid and leave that for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the water from Chana/ cottage cheese using a strainer and place the Chana in the middle of a muslin cloth and tie the edges of the cloth to close it.
  5. Place something heavy (I have used my “Shil Nora / Shil batta”) for this over the Chana filled cloth and leave it for 30 minutes to throw away excess water from it.
  6. After thirty minutes remove the cloth and there should be a block of cheese as the end product.
To make the Sondesh:
  1. Take the Chana/ Cheese block and mash it using the hand to make it lump free.
  2. Start kneading the Chana to make it soft.
  3. Mix Condensed milk with the softened Chana.
  4. Now separate the Chana into two parts.
  5. Take one part of Chana in a pan and start cooking it on low flame by adding 3 Tbsp. of powdered sugar and vanilla essence and cook until the Chana solidifies a bit and leaves the edge of the pan. It took me around 7 minutes in low flame.
  6. Take the vanilla flavored Chana out in a plate.
  7. Start cooking the remaining Chana along with 3 Tbsp. of Sugar and Strawberry Jam/ Compote in low flame.
  8. The Jam I have used was having strawberry chunks and I used that as it is to give a body to the Sondesh.
  9. This portion took me around 10 minutes of cooking as it involved the Jam as well.
  10. Take the Strawberry flavored Chana out in a plate.
  11. Now grease choice of Sondesh mold using little ghee and take a half portion each of the flavored mixture and shape it as shown in the picture and remove from the mold carefully.
  12. Two in One Sondesh is ready to serve.
Notes
Two in One Sondesh can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
The the amount of Sugar can be increased or decreased based on preference.
What amount of flavored Chana to be used for making a Sondesh is based upon preference.
If mold is not available Sondesh can be prepared just by shaping like a ball.
Recipe by Debjanir Rannaghar at http://kitchenofdebjani.com/2016/10/two-one-sondesh/