A Delicious Dessert at Home: How to Make Ras Malai from Scratch

Ras malai is a popular Indian dessert made from balls of paneer (a type of cheese) soaked in sweet, creamy milk. It is a delicious and indulgent treat that is perfect for any occasion. Here is a recipe for how to make delicious ras malai at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 green cardamoms, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp rose water (optional)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions:

  1. Begin by making the paneer balls. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and milk. Mix until the dough comes together in a smooth ball.
  2. Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of a cherry. Heat the ghee in a pan over medium heat. Once the ghee is hot, add the paneer balls and fry until they are golden brown on all sides. Remove the paneer balls from the pan and set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the paneer balls to the pan and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until they are soft and tender. Remove the paneer balls from the pan and set aside.
  4. In a large pot, bring the milk, sugar, and green cardamoms to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the milk has thickened and reduced by about half.
  5. Add the paneer balls to the pot and let them soak in the milk mixture for at least 30 minutes. Once the paneer balls are fully soaked and soft, remove the pot from the heat and let the ras malai cool slightly before serving.
  6. Serve the ras malai chilled, garnished with chopped nuts or a sprinkle of cardamom powder, if desired. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • You can also add a pinch of saffron to the milk mixture for added flavor and aroma.
  • For a vegan version of ras malai, you can use a non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk in place of the whole milk, and use a vegan cheese or tofu in place of the paneer.
  • If you prefer a sweeter ras malai, you can add more sugar to the milk mixture.
  • You can also add a few tablespoons of condensed milk or evaporated milk to the milk mixture for a richer and creamier texture.

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