How to make Chhanar Payesh -

Kheer with crumbled chhana and dry fruits. A must have during Bengali festivities

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Buffalo milk, Buffalo milk

Cuisine : Indian, Bengali

Course : Desserts

Chhanar Payesh

Chhanar Payesh Recipe Card


Dessert is mostly referred to a final sweet course that concludes a meal, but those with a serious sweet tooth will agree that anytime is dessert time. The array of ingredients that you can use to prepare these decadent delights gives you plenty of room for innovation and variety.

Prep Time : 2-2.30 hour

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Chhanar Payesh Recipe

  • Buffalo milk 5 cups

  • Buffalo milk 1 litre

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1/4 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Pistachios , blanched, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon

  • Almonds , blanched, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Boil 5 cups milk in a deep non-stick pan on low heat till it reduces and thickens.

Step 2

Boil 1 litre milk in another deep non-stick pan. Switch the heat off, add lemon juice and stir till it curdles.

Step 3

Strain through a muslin cloth kept over a strainer and immediately put the muslin cloth in ice cold water. Squeeze out excess water.

Step 4

Transfer the chhana on a plate and mash with your hands.

Step 5

Add sugar and cardamom powder to the reduced milk, mix well and cook till the sugar melts. Add pistachios and almonds, mix and switch off heat.

Step 6

Scrape off the sides and bottom of the pan and mix with the milk, add chhana and mix well.

Step 7

Transfer payesh into individual kasore and keep them in a refrigerator to chill.

Step 8

Serve chilled.

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