How to make Makha Sandesh -

Sandesh is one of the most popular Bengali sweets that is served at most special occasions. This one is a mixture of chenna and khoya

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Buffalo milk, Yogurt (दही)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Mithais

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Makha Sandesh

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 2-2.30 hour

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Makha Sandesh Recipe

  • Buffalo milk 2 litres

  • Yogurt 2-3 tablespoons

  • Vinegar 1 teaspoon

  • Khoya grated 1/2 cup

  • Castor sugar 3/4 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoon

  • Mixed nuts (pistachios, almonds) slivered 1 tablespo to garnish


Step 1

Heat milk in a non-stick pan till it comes to a boil. Add yogurt and vinegar cook, stirring, till it curdles.

Step 2

Line a strainer with muslin cloth and keep it over a large bowl. Transfer the curdled milk into the strainer and drain excess liquid.

Step 3

Tie up the muslin cloth and dip into a bowl of iced-water for a few minutes. Squeeze out the excess moisture and transfer the chhena onto a plate.

Step 4

Add khoya, castor sugar and green cardamom powder and mix well.

Step 5

Heat a non-stick pan, add the chhena mixture and 1 tablespoon nuts, mix well and cook for a 1-2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, transfer into a barfi tray and spread it evenly.

Step 6

Garnish with some mixed nuts and set aside to cool down to room temperature. Serve.

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