Ras Malai

Ras Malai is a traditional Indian sweet dish. In Hindi, ‘ras’ refers to juice and ‘malai’, cream. Think of it as a deconstructed cheesecake with an Indian twist ?

Ras Malai has always been the star of the dessert counter at most Indian weddings and celebrations.

This spring break, my flat mates and I were craving Ras Malai and since we haven’t found a great Indian sweet place yet here in New York, we decided to just put the dish together..☺️

If you’re craving something sweet with homemade goodness, you should definitely try this out.

Ingredients:

For the Malai:

  • 2 large cups of milk
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1 cheese cloth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom seeds ( for flavor)

For the rabdi (Ras)

  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup kesar milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream (optional)
  • Chopped nuts and kesar for garnish

Method:

In a clean sauce pan, bring the milk to boil. Once you see it boiling, add the lemon juice and keep stirring till you see the milk has split and curdled completely.

Then strain this curdled milk through a cheese cloth and allow it to hang for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes,

Knead for 10 minutes until a smooth texture is achieved and make tiny balls, flatten them out and set aside.

In another sauce pan,

Make sugar syrup using the water, sugar and cardamom seeds and bring to boil.

Then add the flattened dough into the sugar syrup and allow it to soak in the sugar. After about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In another sauce pan,

Bring 2 cups of milk to boil. Allow the cream to form and keep sticking it to the side of the pan and accumulate it. Repeat this process for 40 minutes till the milk is reduced to half.

Once the milk has reduced, add the sugar and the kesar milk.

Set this aside and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Then add the Malai into the rabdi and set side for an hour.

Garnish with chopped almonds and kesar.

Your mouth watering Ras Malai is ready to be served..

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