Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nalen Gurer Sandesh: Poila Baisakh Special.

We all are getting ready for our Bengali New Year or Banglaনববর্ষ  ১৪২১, this is a very special and remarkable day for us. The Bengali new calendar starts from this Nabo Barsha or Poila Baisakh.  At the same time some other states of India also celebrate the day like Baishakhi in Punjab. And also Jharkhand, Tripura, Orissa people celebrate this Bengali New Year.

In this special day we all cook so many varieties of Bengali Cuisine, and I am not any exception. So my kitchen and I are ready to prepare some special Naba Barsha Special dishes. And today I prepared some very authentic ‘ NALEN GURER SANDESH’  specially made with homemade chana or cottage cheese and Nolen gur or jaggerry. My husband brought some original Nelen gur from Kolkata which is the best thing you can get from Bengal. And my Maa sent some CHAACH or BASE to make some nice shaped sweets. A very easy recipe to all my friends and wish you all শুভ নববর্ষ ১৪২১ !!

1.Full cream milk: 1 liter.
2.Vinegar: half cup.
3.Water : Half cup.
4.Freshly crushed cardamom: a pinch of.
5.Nalen gur or jaggery: ½ cup.
6.One table spoon ghee.
7.One table spoon milk powder.
8.Chaach or base to make sweets.( you can make without chaach also)


In a heavy bottomed vessel first add the milk and keep stirring till it start boil. The moment its starts boil add the one cup of vinegar and water mixture and boil for some more time till the chana came out and the green water separate from the chana.

Now drain the chana and water in a cotton cloth and wash the chana with some cold water so the smell of vinegar goes off.

Now squish the extra water and hang the chana for 5 to 6 hours.

Now after 5 to 6 hours smash the chana in a blender till the smooth texture.

Now in a vessel add the ghee allow it to hot, now add the smashed chana and the cardamom powder and mix well.

Now add the nalen gur and keep stirring till it become completely dry. Now add the milk powder and mix well.

Now remove from the heat and you can make your sandesh in any shape but I use some ‘CHAACH’.  First make some equal size balls with the dough then rub some ghee in the CHAACH then slowly press each ball into the CHAACH and carefully take out the sandesh form the CHAACH.

Your easy and authentic Nelen Gurer Sandesh is ready serve and enjoy.