1 litre milk
1/2 tsp. citric acid
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups water
2-3 drops rose essence
Heat the milk and bring to boil.
Cool the milk for a couple of hours. Remove the cream layer.
Reheat the milk and bring to a boil.
Add the citric acid dissolved in some water.
Stir slowly till the milk is fully curdled.
Keep as it is for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile heat the sugar and water in a wide sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
Strain the milk through a muslin cloth. Wash the chenna in the cloth under cold running water.
Press out the excess water and remove in a wide plate.
Gently knead into a soft dough by passing between fingers.
Make twelve equal sized balls of the dough.
Let them into the boiling water. Cover with a perforated lid. Boil for 13 to 15 minutes.
Take off from heat and cool them to room temperature.
Add essence and chill for at least 4 to 5 hours.
Serves: 6 helpings
Time required: 1/2 hour.
500 gms. khoya (mawa)
300 gms. sugar
3 drops colour as required
8 to 10 pistas sliced
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
Grate khoya .
Powder sugar . Mix together in a skillet .
Heat on low flame , stiring continously .
Cook till mixture thickens . It should form a very soft lump .
Cool for 10 minutes . Add cardamom powder & colour . Mix well .
Take a small fistful of mixture . Form a ball . Press into the cookie mould .
Turn out carefully . Press 2-3 slices of pista on the centre .
Repeat for remaining mixture .
Note on khoya.
Khoya is available in most Indian sweetmeat stores anywhere.
Making at home consumes time but isn't that difficult.
Boil milk on high flame in a large heavy saucepan till water evaporates ,
leaving a soft lump. Stir frequently while cooking.
OR Substitute with 1 tin (400 gms.) condensed milk and 1 cup milk.
Lessen sugar by 1/2. Boil till a soft lump is formed. Stir continuously while cooking.
Serves: 36 pieces
Time required: 1/2 hr.
Shelf Life: 15 days (refrigerated)