Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe


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rasmalai is also called Ras malai or rossomalai which is a super royal and rich Bengali dessert. Rosh means juice in Bengali and malai is cream. Get set to prepare the all-time favourite Bengali delight rasmalai right in your own kitchen!

We show you the whole process right from making the saffron flavoured milk, curdling the milk to make fresh and succulent paneer, to making super-soft rasgullas from it, and soaking them in aromatic and spicy saffron milk to make authentic Rasmalai.

Making rasmalai is similar to making rasgulla but both require patience to make.

To make the saffron flavoured milk for rasmalai, we have used 5 cups of full fat milk also called buffalo milk. 1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes. 2. Reduce the flame to medium and cook for 15 minutes or till the milk reduces to half its quantity, while stirring occasionally and scraping the sides of the pan. 3. Meanwhile, combine the saffron and warm milk in a small bowl or mortar-pestle (khalbhatta), mix well and keep aside. 4. Add the sugar to the boiling milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute. 5. Switch off the flame, add the saffron-milk mixture and cardamom powder and mix well. 6. Keep aside to cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Notes on Rasmalai recipe: 1. We are boiling the milk for 15 minutes so that it becomes thick and the rasmalai will taste rich. 2. Keep stirring occasionally and scraping the sides of the pan so the milk does not get burnt. 3. Combine the saffron and warm milk in a small bowl or mortar-pestle (khalbhatta), mix well. Make sure you get a good saffron colour and the more you mix the better the colour.

Notes and tips on making rasgulla for rasmalai recipe. 1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes. We have used cows milk and rasgulla stay soft because of cows milk. 2. Switch of the flame, add the lemon juice gradually and keep stirring gently till it curdles. It is completely curdled, when the paneer and the whey (greenish water) separate out. 3. Strain using a muslin cloth. Discard or store the whey. 4. Place the muslin cloth with the paneer in a bowl of fresh water and mash it gently for 1 to 2 minutes. 5. Repeat step 4 two more times by changing the water in the bowl each time and mixing the paneer between your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. See the Rasmalai video below if not sure. 6. Tie and hang it for 30 minutes for the extra water to drain out. 7. Squeeze the muslin cloth to drain any more water remaining. Place the muslin cloth on a flat plate, open it and knead the paneer very well using your palms for 3 to 4 minutes or till the paneer is smooth and free of lumps. This will prevent the rasgulla from breaking up. Also the mixture is now not sticking to the plate. 8. Divide the paneer into 10 equal portions and roll each portion into a small ball between your palms and flatten it lightly and gently. Keep aside. 9. Put 5 cups of water in a steamer, add the sugar and bring to boil, while stirring occasionally so that the sugar dissolves completely. 10. Put the paneer balls into the sugar water and steam for 7 to 8 minutes. 11. Switch off the flame and allow it to stand in the steamer for 30 minutes.

How to finish making Rasmalai recipe. 1. Remove the rasgulla one by one from the sugar syrup, squeeze them gently in between your palms and add them to the saffron flavoured milk and stir gently. Note we are flattening them and not making it round shape as we have to make Rasmalai and not rasgulla. 2. Refrigerate Rasmalai for at least 30 minutes. 3. Serve Bengali rasmalai chilled garnished with pistachios and almonds

Refrigerate this delightful Bengali rasmalai mithai and enjoy it cold. During auspicious and festive occasion make this Rasmalai at home and enjoy with freinds and relatives.

Learn to make rasmalai recipe | Bengali rasmalai | soft rasmalai with step by step photos and video below.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     5Makes 5 servings (10 piece )
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Ingredients

For The Saffron Flavoured Milk
5 cups full-fat milk
1/2 tsp saffron (kesar) strands
1 tbsp warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp cardamom (elaichi) powder

For The Rasgulla
5 cups cow's milk
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar

For The Garnish
1 tbsp pistachio slivers
1 tbsp almond slivers
Method

For the saffron flavoured milk

    For the saffron flavoured milk
  1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the flame to medium and cook for 15 minutes or till the milk reduces to half its quantity, while stirring occasionally and scraping the sides of the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the saffron and warm milk in a small bowl or mortar-pestle (khalbhatta), mix well and keep aside.
  4. Add the sugar to the boiling milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  5. Switch off the flame, add the saffron-milk mixture and cardamom powder and mix well.
  6. Keep aside to cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the rasgulla

    For the rasgulla
  1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Switch of the flame, add the lemon juice gradually and keep stirring gently till it curdles. It is completely curdled, when the paneer and the whey (greenish water) separate out.
  3. Strain using a muslin cloth. Discard or store the whey.
  4. Place the muslin cloth with the paneer in a bowl of fresh water and mash it gently for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Repeat step 4 two more times by changing the water in the bowl each time.
  6. Tie and hang it for 30 minutes for the extra water to drain out.
  7. Squeeze the muslin cloth to drain any more water remaining. Place the muslin cloth on a flat plate, open it and knead the paneer very well using your palms for 3 to 4 minutes or till the paneer is smooth and free of lumps.
  8. Divide the paneer into 10 equal portions and roll each portion into a small ball between your palms and flatten it lightly and gently. Keep aside.
  9. Put 5 cups of water in a steamer, add the sugar and bring to boil, while stirring occasionally so that the sugar dissolves completely.
  10. Put the paneer balls into the sugar water and steam for 7 to 8 minutes.
  11. Switch off the flame and allow it to stand in the steamer for 30 minutes.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Remove the rasgulla one by one from the sugar syrup, squeeze them gently in between your palms and add them to the saffron flavoured milk and stir gently.
  2. Refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Serve chilled garnished with pistachios and almonds.

Rasmalai Video by Tarla Dalal

Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe recipe with step by step photos

For the saffron flavoured milk

  1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the flame to medium and cook for 15 minutes or till the milk reduces to half its quantity, while stirring occasionally and scraping the sides of the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the saffron and warm milk in a small bowl or mortar-pestle (khalbhatta), mix well and keep aside.
  4. Add the sugar to the boiling milk, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  5. Switch off the flame, add the saffron-milk mixture and cardamom powder and mix well.
  6. Keep aside to cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the rasgulla

  1. Bengali rosgulla is made using chenna. To make chenna at home, heat the cow’s milk and buffalo’s milk in a broad and deep non-stick pan and bring it to a boil. If buffalo’s milk is not available you can make the recipe using 5 cups of cow’s milk. Ideally, cow’s milk gives best result as it has less fat comparatively and the formation of malai (milk granules) is lesser. Keep stirring in between so that milk does not get stick to the bottom of the pan and get burnt. 
  2. Switch off the flame and wait for 1 minute.
  3. Add the lemon juice gradually and keep stirring gently. Other acidic agents like vinegar or buttermilk can also be used to curdle the milk.
  4. Allow it to stand for ½ minute to curdle. The milk will curdle and the whey (greenish water) will separate. The whey has to be clear thus indicating the milk has completely curdled. If the milk doesn’t curdle completely, add more lemon juice and stir till the milk curdles completely.
  5. Place a clean muslin cloth over a strainer and transfer the chenna over it to strain the whey. Whey is nutritious and you can further use it to knead roti/chapati dough or prepare soup and other delicacies.
  6. 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. Discard or store the whey.
  7. Place the muslin cloth with the chenna in a bowl of freshwater and wash it 2 to 3 times. Washing with fresh water helps to get rid of the lemon juice and sour flavor of it. Also, the internal cooking stops preventing the chenna from turning rubbery.
  8. Tie and hang for 30 minutes for the extra water to drain out. If the chenna is too soft, the rasgulla will not retain their shape and break while cooking. Learn how to make Bengali Sponge Rasgulla at home below.
  9. To make soft, spongy rasgulla at home, put 5 cups of water in a steamer or a pressure cooker. For an added flavor, you can add some cardamom pods in sugar syrup. Make sure to have enough room for chenna balls to submerge completely and swell double or triple in size while boiling. 
  10. Add the sugar. You can add more sugar if you like but, do not reduce the quantity of sugar.
  11. Mix well and bring to a boil, while stirring occasionally so that the sugar dissolves completely.
  12. Meanwhile, squeeze the muslin cloth to drain any more water remaining. Do not hang the chenna for more than 30 to 45 minutes or else the chenna will be completely dry and rasgulla will turn hard.
  13. Place the muslin cloth on a flat plate and open it. Many people even add semolina, cornflour or refined flour in the chenna dough but, we won’t be using anything.
  14. Knead the chenna very well using your palms for 3 to 4 minutes or until it comes together to form a dough and releases some fat. Do not make use of store-bought paneer to prepare the rasgulla recipe. 
  15. Knead until the chenna is smooth, free of lumps and has no milk granules. If the chenna is not smooth the rosogulla may turn hard. Don’t over knead or else there will be no moisture and rasgulla will develop cracks. 
  16. Divide the chenna dough into 10 equal portions. Roll each portion into small balls between your palms. Balls should not have any cracks. The size of the rasgulla will double on cooking in the sugar syrup so make smaller balls, to begin with.
  17. Put the chenna balls into the sugar water.
  18. Cover and steam for 7 to 8 minutes over a high flame. If you are using a pressure cooker, just put the lid over the cooker, without a whistle. It is important to keep the sugar syrup boiling all the time for cooking the rasgulla perfectly. If rasgullas are overcooked then it will be chewy and rubbery.
  19. Switch off the flame and allow it to stand in the steamer for another 10 to 15 minutes. The chenna balls will have doubled in size.
  20. Remove Bengali rasgulla gently into a bowl. They will shrink a little after switching off the flame but it is normal. Before removing them if you wish to check if the rasgullas are cooked , or not drop a rasgulla in a glass of freshwater. It will sink to the bottom if done or else it will float on top if it is raw from inside. 

How to proceed

  1. Remove the rasgulla one by one from the sugar syrup, squeeze them gently in between your palms and add them to the saffron flavoured milk and stir gently.
  2. Refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Serve chilled garnished with pistachios and almonds.

Tips for making rasgulla for rasmalai recipe

  1. Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan on a high flame, while stirring twice in between. This will take approx. 4 to 5 minutes. We have used cows milk and rasgulla stay soft because of cows milk.
  2. Switch of the flame, add the lemon juice gradually and keep stirring gently till it curdles. It is completely curdled, when the paneer and the whey (greenish water) separate out.
  3. Strain using a muslin cloth. Discard or store the whey.
  4. Place the muslin cloth with the paneer in a bowl of fresh water and mash it gently for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Repeat step 4 two more times by changing the water in the bowl each time and mixing the paneer between your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. See the Rasmalai video below if not sure.
  6. Tie and hang it for 30 minutes for the extra water to drain out.
  7. Squeeze the muslin cloth to drain any more water remaining. Place the muslin cloth on a flat plate, open it and knead the paneer very well using your palms for 3 to 4 minutes or till the paneer is smooth and free of lumps. This will prevent the rasgulla from breaking up. Also the mixture is now not sticking to the plate.
  8. Divide the paneer into 10 equal portions and roll each portion into a small ball between your palms and flatten it lightly and gently. Keep aside.
  9. Put 5 cups of water in a steamer, add the sugar and bring to boil, while stirring occasionally so that the sugar dissolves completely.
  10. Put the paneer balls into the sugar water and steam for 7 to 8 minutes.
  11. Switch off the flame and allow it to stand in the steamer for 30 minutes.

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per piece
Energy331 cal
Protein8.7 g
Carbohydrates33.6 g
Fiber0.1 g
Fat13.1 g
Cholesterol32.2 mg
Sodium38.4 mg

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Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
5
 on 13 Aug 20 09:45 AM


Hi tried this recipe and came out really nice . Except 1 thing- the balls did double in size but shrunk by about 30% once I turned off the gas after about 9 mins. What did I do wrong?
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 01 Aug 20 04:25 PM


Hello Sir/Madam I do not have a steamer, can I use pressure cooker without whistle to steam the rasgullas
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Yes you can.
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05 Aug 20 10:12 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
5
 on 31 May 20 04:33 PM


I tried this receipe and it was super duper hit . It was over within minutes
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
5
 on 26 May 20 10:38 PM


I hv made it with packet milk....and smashed well....even though it is nt bcmg soft plz suggest me proper way
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Making rasmalai is an art, you can watch the video, which would help you, to make perfect rasmalai.
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30 May 20 04:58 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 25 May 20 01:16 PM


Can we use Amul Gold milk?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Yes you can use.
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25 May 20 08:39 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 16 Aug 19 10:54 AM


Hi Ur recipes r really good .i want to aak can we use buffalo milk instead of cows milk . TIA
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Tarla Dalal    Hi ayesha,Yes you can use buffalo mil instead of cows milk.
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16 Aug 19 04:02 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 05 Nov 18 12:42 PM


how much is one cup?
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Tarla Dalal    One cup is 250 grams.
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06 Nov 18 02:24 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 04 Nov 18 11:34 AM


How much sugar to add at step 4 and step 9? 1/4 cup each?
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Tarla Dalal    For the saffron flavoured milk, in step 4, you have to add 1/4 cup. In step 9, for rasgulla, you have to add 1 cup sugar.
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06 Nov 18 02:23 PM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 22 Jul 17 12:06 AM


U r best mam I love ur recipes......it helps me alot and gives amazing results Thnks
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, We are very happy to know you have loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!
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22 Jul 17 08:37 AM
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
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 on 02 Mar 17 06:02 PM


I have followed every step as mentioned in video of this receipe but failed to make it spongy as paneer balls scattered while I put them in sugar syrup.Please suggest.
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   Hi Neel, We have tried this recipe here, this recipe does require practice, just make sure you have also followed step no 11 to allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Do try again and let us know how it was.
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03 Mar 17 08:38 AM
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