Bengali Sandesh

No meal is complete without mithai ~ Bengali Sandesh

Fresh homemade sandesh

In India, no meal is complete without mithai. Especially for the Bengali’s the meal is not over without satisfying their sweet tooth and nothing is more loved than Sandesh. It is milk based with very few ingredients and surprisingly easy to make. Growing up back home, I never had an inclination for mithai. But I think once you are far away from your homeland especially family & friends you realize how much you miss every little thing that we took for granted. I guess I am no different from many in that aspect. Now, I have developed a taste for mithai and being nostalgic at times, I wanted to treat myself with this simple mithai that would give me a feel good factor.

Recipe: (Makes about 12)

1/2 gallon whole milk (I use organic)
1 – 1 & 1/2 tbsp lemon/lime juice
A few pistachios chopped
Some saffron
1 tsp elaichi powder
3 – 4 tbsp fine sugar

Bring milk to a boil. Once it starts raising, add the lemon juice only in one spot. This makes the curdle to produce faster. The curdles are now called paneer or Indian cottage cheese.

Home made fresh paneer

Gently mix with a spatula. Once all the curdles have come, you can see the water being separated and is almost clear. If not, add more lemon juice. Drain the water in a cheese cloth. Tie the cheese cloth with the curdles and let the remaining water drain by itself, this will take about 10 minutes. Do not squeeze the water with your hands. Now add the sugar, elaichi powder and knead well. saffron is optional in mixing. The more you knead, the more creamy the net result will be. Then take some portion of the paneer and make balls out of it by placing in between your palms, place it aside. Repeat for the rest of the mixture. Decorate with pistachios and saffron. Your sandesh is ready. Every sandesh will just melt in your mouth. This is pure protein, of course it has some fat content too. But the amount of protein supersedes. You can store this up to 4 days in your refrigerator.

Melt in your mouth sandesh for RCI Bengali

TIP: Once the curdle starts to form, add lot of cold water to it. This makes the paneer very soft. Also, save some paneer without making sandesh so that you can use it in sandwiches by adding some chillies, onions, spices & toasting.

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43 Responses to Bengali Sandesh

  1. ranji says:

    hi thr!!i was abt to post this exact same thing for rci-bengal…urs looks absolutely delicious:)…i will post something else now…..thanks for sharing this delicious sweet…hugs to u:)

  2. dhivya says:

    looks so yummmm:))love the pictures

  3. Medhaa says:

    Looks so yummy, I too made Sandesh for the event but mine was not as smooth as yours..:)

  4. Rupa says:

    Looks favorite..Its been a while since i eat Sandesh..please pass on some 🙂

  5. sandhya says:

    sandesh looks awesome…. great pics…

  6. Wow..u r great..prepared this at home..Can I invite myself to your place?

  7. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. That was so sweet.

    Ranji, it does not matter, you can make the same dish as well. It tastes so good, so who wouldn’t want to make it, right?

    Sandhya, Dhivya, Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments.

    Medhaa, for smoothness, the trick is to knead it well, many times. Then you get smooth, creamy texture. I am sure your tasted even better!

    Rupa, Athisaya Divya – you guys are more than welcome to come home to have some Sandesh. I live in the bay area.

  8. Sunitha says:

    Awesome pictures as always:) Looks yummy..
    Will give it a try

  9. Mona says:

    I love dairy sweets, they are so sweet and yummy. Yours looks perfect!

  10. Cham says:

    I made Sandesh for RCI bengal 2. Ur sweet looks delicious, i guess one of the easiest recipe.

  11. RedChillies says:

    Cool pictures! The Sandesh looks terrific.

  12. bee says:

    my word!!! this is fantastic.

  13. AnjalI j. says:

    looks awesome.. mouthwatering dish.. i can imagine its taste..yum!

  14. Nidhi says:

    Hi..this looks soooooo delicious!

  15. sushma says:

    That luks so divine.. this is a nice recipe which im going to try.

  16. Bin says:

    These look great! I have people coming over tonight.. i’m hoping I can try it today…

    So how much (time) kneading would you say is enough?

  17. gosh! it looks soooo beautiful!!!! I cant stop admiring the pic…. Will try it sometime why I’m free.. thanx

  18. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thanks to each one of you for taking time to check out my site. It’s such an honor. I hope you will try it too. It is a very easy recipe. As far as the answer to how long should you need to knead to get the creamy smooth consistency, I would say approximately the kneading stroke to about 25 – 30 times. I hope this helps.

    Thanks everyone!

  19. sagari says:

    beautifullllll dessert

  20. sunshinemom says:

    They Look very tasty! I too love sandesh and make it quite often as it takes less time and is not a messy job!!

  21. Lisa says:

    I just happened across your blog just now and I’m so glad I did. I’m a vegetarian who very much enjoys Indian cuisine. I’m also a big fan of paneer and must try this recipe. Thanks for this.

  22. BINA says:

    it turned out ‘GREAT’ people were amazed and satisfied :). I did have some trouble with the milk curdling but I kept adding some lemon juice and then kept in on the stove at low heat and it did it.

  23. 365DaysVeg says:

    I am so glad BIN that the recipe turned out well. I suggest that when pouring the lemon juice, try to pour in one spot only when the milk is boiling. This will make the curdles to be formed soon. I hope this helps.


  24. sandeepa says:

    This looks fantastic. sorry for the late comment dear

  25. Sonu says:

    Hi there,
    I am new user to ur blog. I found ur Sandesh recipe so easy and mouth watering…!!! I never had knw that it can make so easily at home. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Shreya says:

    Hi, just came across your blog…your photos look awsome…and this one specially looks divine!!! but just a little doubt as far as I know paneer and sugar are cooked for 8-10 mts to make sandesh…is this also another method???

  27. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thanks so much each one of you for your thoughtful comments and enjoying the recipe. Shreya, I am not aware of cooking paneer and sugar for 8-10 min. The recipe I follow is from my mom-in-law and I pretty much find the same on the web too. So cooking for 8-10 mins is something new to me and I probably learnt a new way from you. Thanks so much.

  28. karuna says:

    ekdum mishti. ilove sandesh. will try it out soon

  29. Sid Khullar says:


    That’s a lovely recipe. I’ve used the picture on my site (front page) for a user’s review and wanted to seek your permission. In the article, I’ve linked back to your site in two places and mentioned that the picture is yours.

    Please let me know if you’re ok with this.



  30. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thanks Sid for your comment. You can surely use the picture as long as you mention the source as 365 Days of Pure Vegetarian and provide a link back to the recipe source.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  31. Indian food says:

    Sandesh looks sooo yummy and mouthwatering. Excellent photographs and nice garnishing.

  32. manila says:

    The photo itself looks so tempting. Desserts are the only sin that I will willingly commit anytime. I will try this recipe and let u know how it turns out.

  33. anu says:

    hi u r recipe is nice, i have a doubt. can we prepare this sweet by using frozen paneer which we get in shops?

  34. anu says:

    hi u r recipe is nice, i have a doubt. can we prepare this sweet by using frozen paneer which we get in shops?
    Pls suggest me as i am very much confused regarding this.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Anu, Thanks for checking out the recipe. Unfortunately you cannot make it w/ store bought paneer. It won’t taste good or even come out as smooth. Homemade paneer is very easy. Give it a try and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Hope this helps.

  35. good job. looks so yummy!!! Have to try it this weekend!!!

  36. Thanks to each one of you for taking time to check out my site. It’s such an honor. I hope you will try it too. It is a very easy recipe. As far as the answer to how long should you need to knead to get the creamy smooth consistency, I would say approximately the kneading stroke to about 25 – 30 times. I hope this helps.

  37. Ritika says:

    Superb receipe..:) i tried it came out very well.. Thanks:)

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