Ras Malai for Indian Cooking Challenge for April ~ Step By Step Recipe!

>>  Sunday, May 16, 2010

After lot of consideration I finally decided on Ras Malai. I had no trouble finalizing the recipe as I knew from our blogger Meet that Lavi's recipe comes out good. Then I got lot of suggestions from ICC members, so based on reading the I finally did on my own, which obviously must be the reason why my paneer wasn't so soft as it must be. I have never tasted Ras Malai till now but for once. I knew I was going to take this and had to know how it tastes. So I know it was very soft and spongy.

Let me explain how I went about with Step by Step pictures!

I normally make Paneer at home using Lemon Juice.

Once the paneer curdles, hang it in a muslin cloth till the water drains off.

While the paneer is getting drained, have the Milk boiling, add sugar and boil till it reduces and becomes thick.

Knead the paneer with All purpose flour and make equal balls of the size as seen in the picture.

When you have all the dough made into balls, you will have something like this.

For the Sugar Syrup, bring to boil the water added with sugar, Gently add the paneer balls and cook on sim

Until it is almost done. Squeeze out the excess sugar from the balls.

Finally add the paneer balls into the Milk Syrup and refrigerate until it is served.

Ras Malai

I did with just 1/2 liter Milk for paneer.

Ingredients Needed:

Milk - 1 litre (1/2 litre for making paneer and 1/2 litre for making Rasa/Milk syrup.)
Lemon - 1 medium
Water-2 cups
Sugar- 8 tbsp (4 for Sugar Syrup and 4 for Rasa/Milk Syrup) + 2 tbsp Condensed milk
Saffron- 3-4 pieces
Cashew Nuts - 5 whole
Almond - 4 whole
Maida / All purpose flour- 1/2 tsp

Making of Paneer:

I followed the normal way I make Paneer.

Lavi recommends storing the whey water, though I normally have not used it much.

Since I used a skimmed milk, I didn't get much of the fat from the milk. I directly proceeded to make the paneer.

Preparing the Paneer Balls.

If you are ready to make the balls right away, then allow the paneer to hang for 15 mins, proceed right away. Else store it in fridge and thaw it before using it. I stored it overnight and thawed for 30 mins before making the balls.

Knead the paneer well with your fingers, add 1/2 tsp all purpose flour. continue kneading it for 10 mins, until you get a soft dough. Divide into small equal balls, remember these are supposed to absorb and will become double

Preparing Sugar Syrup:

I used a non stick wide pan with lid for making the Sugar Syrup. Add 2 cups of water and 4 tbsp of sugar. Let it boil. When it starts boiling, gently add the paneer balls. Simmer the flame and cover with the lid. I thought it might break but fortunately it held its shape. Cook for 10 minutes in slow flame.

The water almost got absorbed, I didn't have much to squeeze out.

Preparing Milk Syrup/Rasa:

You can start making the Milk Syrup, when you are doing the sugar syrup. Take milk in a wide bottomed vessel and let it boil and get reduced into half of the quantity. Add sugar and mix well. Soak the saffron in hot milk and keep it aside. When the milk is almost thick, add the condensed milk if you have in hand. Then goes the saffron to the milk. Put the paneer ball's into the rasa/milk syrup. cool it down and refrigerate.

Serve with chopped nuts on top.

Notes: Mine wasn't as spongy as it should be. Maybe it had to do with the paneer not being very soft. Will have to try again to get the spongy Ras Malai.

To all my ICC members, please link your Ras Malai post to Mr. Linky.


Priti May 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

Yummy...looks delicious

Life is beautiful!!! May 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Srivalli extremely sorry bcoz I could not finish my task in time. Thanks for this recipe :)

Divya Kudua May 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

Rasmalai looks quite spongy to me Valli..seems like I am the only one who didn't get it quite right:)

PriyaVaasu May 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

Thats a wonderful presentation srivalli!! enjoyed making this Delicious Dessert!!

Nutan May 16, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

Just posted my link. Your ras malai looks delicious.

PJ May 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

Lovely rasmalai Srivalli.I used the smaller measurement and it turned out lovely.Thanks for choosing rasmalai for this month...

Priya May 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

Looks extremely delicious..

myspicykitchen May 16, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

I used a short cut to prepare the ras... I used half & half to prepare the ras, rather than reducing the milk to half its quantity. Half & Half is mixture of milk and cream. Awesome recipe!

BangaloreBaker May 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

I got back from a business trip on 14th night. Couldn't make it.

Cooks May 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

Rasmalai look yummy.. Great Challenge. Looking forward to next month's ICC.

Suma Gandlur May 16, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

Good one.
Mine turned out well Srivalli. The only thing was they were not spongy but were softer. Even my daughter who is not fond of sweets liked it.
I found that about 6 Tbsp sugar was more than enough for the rasa.
Also I wondered when I saw the recipe at ICC, why the milk needs to be refrigerated for 12 hours. I see that you skipped that step. Can I update my recipe as well skipping that step?

Veggie Belly May 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

ras malai is one of my favorite things! i will try to make it wiht my own paneer next time; thanks for the step-by-step!

Kiran May 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

Very delicious looking rasmalai.

Yenta Mary May 16, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

It's wonderful to see all the variations! Looking very forward to the next challenge ... :)

Divya Vikram May 16, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

Thanks for the challenge Valli. It was delicious. May 16, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

My 1st attempt at rasmalai and I am pleased to say got good results as the instructions were easy and simple to follow.Thanks Lavi and Srivali for the challenge.

writerzblock May 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

This looks absolutely yummy :-) Must try it out sometime :-) Excellent blog, Srivalli... read a lot of recipies at one go, and feeling very enthu about trying it out soon :-) Keep up the great work :-)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal May 16, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

Linked mine. Beautiful step-by-step pics. Waiting for the next challenge.

Swathi May 16, 2010 at 11:39 PM  


Ras Malai looks really perfect. I love making it tooo.

J May 17, 2010 at 2:01 AM  


jayasri May 17, 2010 at 4:56 AM  

Hi valli, thanks for my favourite sweet.., enjoyed it immensely.., Inbtw your Rasmalaai looks spongy to me, when I made with Long life milk I felt like the same way, thought it looked hard to me, next time I made I used full fat milk turned out quite well and I skipped using maida too!!., thanks again enjoyed eating it..., yours look very nice and lovely click too..,

Srivalli May 17, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

Thank you friends! I am glad this was a hit again.

Divya, well even mine was not spongy. Lets work on this again.

Suma, good to know that. Pls do update the post as how you made it.

Malini May 17, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

Sri, just posted my link. Rasmalai was perfect and enjoyed by everyone...

Srivalli May 17, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

Pallavi, Welcome to my space, thanks, glad you enjoyed reading them. Do stop by again when you find time!

divya May 17, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

Very delicious looking rasmalai.

Lakshmi Venkatesh May 17, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

Linked Mine.

My 1st attempt to make Rasmalaai at home. Came out excellent. Tks a lot for the step by step instructions.

AvanthiRao May 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

yummy ones

N S May 17, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

Thanks for this recipe. I just added my link. Rasmalai looks so spongy.

FoodLovers May 17, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Valli yours looks delicous ...for me it looks like perfect rasmalai Patties with spongy texture ..
This is the dessert i Prepare very often but never got a chance to take pics or write it on the blog ...
i loved this challenge as this being my fav dessert

FoodLovers May 17, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

added my link Valli :
waiting for next challenge to hear from u dear

Pritya May 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

Dear Valli,
Is it really as easy and tasty as it looks? Wow...must try.

renuka May 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

Waiting for the next challenge sri

Turmericnspice May 19, 2010 at 5:01 AM  

wow!! tons of work but worth the hardwork!! looks great!!:)

AshKuku May 19, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

Very luscious & tempting..... Kudos!!!!


Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) May 20, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

looks soft snd spongy...lovely step by step pics for the new learners...u hv a wonderful space...first time here...i appreciate ur feedbacks and comments on my blog
sanyukta gour

lata raja May 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Sorry to have missed this month's challenge :( Rasmalai is one of my most enjoyed sweet dishes. However, with your step by step pictorial, I sahll have a ready reckoner now! They look so well turned out!

AdukalaVishesham May 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

rasmalai recipe looks perfect... we have checked out most of the people who tried this recipe and looks like everyone's rasmalai came out perfect...

nivedita May 31, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

Hi Valli,
yummy!!!!! Can I take the whole bowl for myself!! I love bengali dishes. Never tried only with paneer, I usually use egg!!
Going to try this one~

Neetz July 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

yummy marked sure to tryand will let u know how it went :)

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