Today's Special for Diwali Sweet Series is Chum Chum, a specialty from Bengali. This is again same as how one makes Ras malai, Rasa gulla. Though this is served as a individual piece, I thought of serving along with the Malai. Traditionally it is served with the malai topped on it.
I must say it tasted great, though I never really bothered to eat before. You must surely attempt at making it for it's delicious taste. I adapted this recipe from my recipe collection. But guess the recipe is pretty much the same how everybody makes.
Chum chum is served with malai and Pistachios on top.
Chum Chum | Cham Cham
For the Paneer / Channa
Milk - 1/2 liter
Lemon Juice - 1 big
For making the Cham Cham
Paneer - made from 1/2 lit
All purpose flour / Maida - 2 tsp
For the Sugar Syrup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Kesar colour - few drops
For the Malai
Condensed Milk - 3 tbsp
Saffron strands few
Pistachios - 5 -6, slivered
How to make chum chum:
Follow instructions to make Paneer
Once the paneer is ready, knead it with 2 tsp of flour to a soft dough. Pinch into small balls and shape them into oval shape.
For the syrup:
Heat the sugar in a pan with enough water to make a thin syrup. Add the saffron strands and kesar colour for the chum chum to absorb.
Add the paneer and cook for 5 mins. When you see that it's done, allow it to cool.
For the Cham Cham
Once the cham cham are cooled, remove from the sugar syrup.
Spread the condensed milk over the chum chum and top it with slivered Pistachios. Serve it chilled
Though traditionally chum chum is served as such, I served with it dipped in condensed milk.
You can make your own condensed milk by boiling milk and reducing it further down. That will give you that grainy texture.
Other toppings that are common on a Chum Chum would be fine coconut mixed with sugar. rabri etc.
Sending this to Serve it - Festival Potluck hosted by Krithi
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Labels: Bengali Recipes, Bengali Sweets, Blogging Marathon, Condensed Milk Recipes, Diwali Special Dishes, Diwali Sweets, Indian Sweets, SBS Indian Sweets, Step by Step Recipe, Traditional Indian Sweets