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Bridal Shower for Nithya : Rasmalai

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There are very few moments as cherished, as beautiful as the day you embark the new journey of life. Holding someone's hand, with dreams in heart and sparkle in the eyes. The day she started dreaming for, even before she knew its’ meaning. The day she has visualized so many times, that by now every detail is clearly itched in her mind. Yes the day a girl becomes a bride, is like no other.

Very soon one of our friends, a great blogger and a gifted photographer, is going to live her dream. And since I'm sure you read the header before reading this, you all know who am I talking about...Yes Nithya of 4thsensecooking is getting married this November.

Thanks to the world of connectivity, distances have become a lesser shortcoming. Though nothing can reclaim the joy of celebration in person. Yet in absence of actually being with her during her most joyous we are all, united, to wish her all the best. So today we are throwing this virtual bridal shower for Nithya to express our happiness and celebrate with her.
And what could be a better way to celebrate than with food, the subject, the emotion that binds us all...So we decided to cook it up, literally and that too Nithya's own dishes from her own blog - 4thsensecooking. Hope she likes the recreation of her own favouite dishes and gets a taste of it through the world wide wide.

For Ras:

Note: I would like to call mine as mini rasmalai because of the size, since they didn't swell up. I guess that was because I didn't knead as much as needed, so remember to knead well, to get the right texture.

Party also being hosted at:
Archana - Mad Scientist's Kitchen
Krithi - Krithi's Kitchen

Priya Mitharwal -  Mharo Rajasthan Recipes
Priya Mahadeven - Priyas Now Serving
Priya Suresh - Priya easy n tasty recipes
Priya Sreeram - Bon Appetit
Radhika - Tickling Palates Revathy - Kaarasaaram
Sanjeeta - Different Strokes
Vardhini - Zesty Palette

Cheers...This is for you Nithya and for all those visiting this virtual bridal shower!!
Rasmalai Recipe
Recipe Source: 4thsensecooking
Rasamalai involves three parts - the cottage cheese balls or rasgulla or chena balls, chasni or sugar syrup and ras or rabri.

For Ras :
Milk - 1 ltr
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom powder -1/2 tsp
Saffron - 2-3 strands

For Malai or Rasgulla: 
Milk - 1 ltr
Lemon - 1
Ice cubes

For Syrup: Water - 3 1/2 cups
Sugar - 500 gms

  1. Keep milk for boiling in a heavy bottomed pan. Once boiled, simmer to let it reduce to almost. Take care that it doesn't stick to the pan
  2. Once done, add sugar and mix till it gets dissolved. 
  3. Take two tsps of hot milk and soak few saffron strands in it for ten mins. 
  4. Add the soaked saffron strands along with the milk and mix it. Finally sprinkle some cardamom powder. 
  5. Keep aside for cooling
Method for Malai:

  1. Boil milk in a vessel and once it starts to raise pour in the lemon extract and switch off the stove. Mix with a ladle until it curdles. Drop in ice cubes into the vessel immediately. 
  2. Then drain it in a thin muslin cloth or handkerchief. Hold it covered with cloth in the running water. This is to remove the lemon flavor from the prepared paneer. 
  3. Hang the cloth and allow it to drain for half an hour. 
  4. Now press and remove the excess water and transfer it to a bowl. Kneed the soft paneer into a dough. Roll into small balls and press them a little flat. 
  5. Take the water and sugar in the pressure pan and mix till it dissolves. Once the water starts boiling drop in the rolled malai balls and pressure cook with weight on top for a whistle. 
  6. Switch off the stove and keep the pressure cooker under running water to cool it soon. Open immediately and transfer the cooked balls along with the sugar water to a different bowl. Leave it alone for 4 to 5 hours. 
  7. Later remove the the balls from the sugar syrup and press them gently to remove excess syrup and drop them into the prepared ras. 

28 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Thank you so much dear :) I'm so overwhelmed by your gesture :) Nothing else can make me feel special than this :) Literally flying in joy :) Hugssssss to you :)

    Thanks to all others who have joined the initiative. You guys rock :)

  2. Lovely recreation...looks absolutely delicious!!

  3. Perfect rasamalai. Hubby just asked me an hour ago about when I was going to make rasamalai. :)

    Event: Halloween Fiesta

  4. lovely..

  5. Sanctified SpacesOctober 21, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous rasmalai. very nice of you to have conceived the event.

  6. Super inviting rasamalai, fantastic..

  7. Wow, that looks delicious... I have tried and failed miserably with this recipe... U have made it to perfection..:) Super good:)
    Enjoy your holidays Anamike... A very Happy Diwali to U and your family..:)

  8. Hi,
    Best wishes for your bridal shower :)
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  9. Yumm... on my to do list for the weekend :) grt recipe!

  10. The Ras malai look so rich and yum!

  11. Super awesome rasmalai......

  12. Krithi's KitchenOctober 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Wonderfully done and beautifully presented... Also awesome write-up anamika (as always)..
    The surprise bridal party was a great idea and thanks for the initiative.. Totally enjoyed being part of it!!
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It - Festival Potluck

  13. Wonderful Ras malai Its one of my favourite sweets but have never tried it as I failed one with rasgulla. You have explained it beautifully. Thanks.
    Also thanks for the initiative in organising this party. I have enjoyed myself and learnt a few new things like never take a pic when in hurry, tired or at the last minute.

    I am hosting a new event which I am calling Back to our Roots. Do check out my event and send me your entries from 15/10/11 to 30/11/11.

  14. what an yummy treat; Anamika than you so much for initiating this lovely gesture- very gald being part of it !

  15. super delicious rasmalai...lovely write up !!!

  16. I Live in a Frying PanOctober 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    virtual bridal shower....what a fabulous idea! Ras malai is actually one of the few Indian sweets that I really love...not too sweet, milky, soft, so so good...I'm a bit dizzy with ras malai craving after reading your post. :/

  17. Priya (Yallapantula) MitharwalOctober 21, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    wow, so well done and beautiful presentation too.

  18. wow yummy rasmalai and looks so tempting with wonderful clicks ....

  19. My first virtual bridal shower, and that too for a lovely person like Nithya--thanks Anamika for organizing such a feast! So touched by the gesture and the love that you show your fellow mates, albeit virtually. Rasmalai is one of my favorite sweet treats and you've done justice to the recipe.

  20. Thanks everyone for your comments and for ur was good fun!!

  21. Nothing can beat rasmalai.. It's my favorite and when you make it at home's like double delicious :)

  22. so sweet...rasmalai looks yummy...awesome clicks dear..

  23. MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!.October 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

  24. Perfect Rasmalai and beautiful presentation!! Very tempting:) Congratulations Nithya

  25. Rasmalai looks awesome... liked your blog very much... glad to follow you... do visit me if you find time..

  26. Crumpled ChilliesNovember 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    first of all let me congratulate you for your photographic skills.. ur food photos are awesome girl!!!
    Ras Malai recipe deserves to be tried out for sure!
    You might like to check out some delicious gujju recipes at my blog! :)

  27. Please find more bengali recipes

  28. Very Nice Blog. Please have a look into this recipe too Ras Malai Recipe on
    Indian Vegetarian Food Recipes

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