Monday, October 17, 2011

Rasgulla(Home made Cheese Ball cooked in Sugar free Sweet Syrup)

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Rasgulla is a milk based sweet from the Eastern part of India. Most or I would say all of the Indian sweets are traditionally made on stove top and most of them are gluten free. This one is traditionally made with sugar, but in my household I try to avoid refined sugars in all forms so had to go for xylitol. For people who are hearing Xylitol for the first time, it is a natural sugar substitute and is safe for people with diabetes. Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause ear infections. But make sure you don't indulge excessive amount of sweets made with xylitol, as it will cause upset stomachs. Now getting on to the recipe, there are few steps involved but once you get familiar with them, making rasgulla is a very simple task.



Preparation Time - 20

Cooking Time - 30

Serves - 12 to 15 Balls





Ingredients



Milk - 4 Cups

White distilled vinegar - 1/4 Cup or Lemon juice - 1/4 Cup + 1/4 Cup cold water

Xylitol - 1 Cup (If using sugar go for 1 1/2 cups and use 4 cups water)

Water  - 3 Cups

Rose water - 1/2 Tsp

Saffron few strands(optional)



Method



1) Boil the milk in medium heat, stirring once in a while so that the bottom doesn't brown. Once the milk is boiled well and starts coming up in the vessel, pour the vinegar slowly, stirring it and once the milk is curdled you will see the whey and the cheese starting to separate, at this point switch off the stove.



2) Line a colander with a cheese cloth and transfer the hot contents in it, the whey will be filtered down and the cheese will stay on top. You can use this whey to add to soups, gravies or kneading dough. But if you are using vinegar to curdle the milk, check the flavor of the whey before using it as I find a strong vinegar flavor and use only whey done using lemon juice. On top of the cheese immediately pour cold water to remove the flavor and sour taste and rinse nicely.



3) Squeeze out the excess water from the cheese by keeping a heavy object on top of the cheese cloth or you can use layers of paper towel to absorb excess water. Once the excess water is drained out, take a small amount of paneer or cheese and knead to see if you are able to make a small ball out of it and the ball holds shape.



4) In a pressure pan, add the xylitol and 3 cups of water and boil till the xylitol is completely dissolved. Meanwhile take out the paneer and knead it several times to form a firm soft dough and  make equal sized ball and keep it ready.



5) Once the xylitol is dissolved, slowly drop the paneer balls one by one in the xylitol mixture and cover the pressure cooker and cook in medium heat till you get one whistle. Now put the flame in low and switch off in 5 minutes.Once the pressure cooker is cool enough to handle, remove the weight on top and open the pressure cooker and add the rose water. Chill and serve. You can also add few pieces of crushed saffron for flavor.



Boil the milk
 Pour the vinegar and stir till the cheese and whey separates.











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Sending this to Cooking Concepts - Festive Food hosted by Srav's Culinary Concepts.

37 comments:

sangee vijay said...

Lovely n yummy guilt free indulgence...looks so delicious n very nice presentation...superb !!

Swathi said...

Delicious rasgulla, love the sugar substitute in there.

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Luks delicious and fabulous.Well-presented too.Luv it.

julie said...

Looks so delicious and irresistible!!!!

Sobha Shyam said...

rasgullas look so tempting and yummy, nice clicks..

Alpana said...

Wooow very innovative use of Xylitol......I can certainly make these for hubby now. Thanks for sharing.

Sumee said...

Those looks great!

Uma said...

Very lovely. Adding beauty to the beauty. yes. pearls are adding beauty to the rasgullas.

Cheers,
Uma
My Kitchen Experiments

Rekha shoban said...

cute n yummy rasgulla!!nice presentation!

divya said...

love it dear! and looks awesome too!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply heavenly looking rasgullas. Already feeling tempted by just looking at them.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Miriam said...

I LOVE desserts with zylitol! Well done :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

layaa said...

Excellent sweet with xylitol,never heared before,try soon.First time here,u r having a cute blog.Happy to b ur follower.Hav sometime in my space too.

Sum said...

Lovely looking Rasgullas!

Shaheen said...

My father has diabetes, so this recipe is most appreciated. I have not yet cooked with xylitol, looking forward to it now. thanks for the recipe.

Priya said...

Looks super spongy and quite inviting, juicy rasgullas makes me drool..

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

Wonderfully wonderful!
The Roshogullas look so very beautiful and filling...can't resist to grab a bite! ;)

Kaveri said...

Very beautifully clicked rasagullas

Charles said...

Beautiful - this is on my list of things to make actually. I didn't do it for a while - maybe I was scared. It sounded quite hard. Nice to see this recipe and photos... gives me courage to try myself!

jeyashrisuresh said...

My all time fav one. Nicely done and explained too

Anzz said...

:)) you can see I am all smiles. Thats my favorite dessert. I used to have it from a Haldirams tin during college years for lunch and dinner. yours looks lovely.

Kalyani's Platter said...

wow looks so tempting and delicious ........

Vidhya said...

Tempting Rasgullas.I have heard a lot about the advantages of Xylitol but has not tried it yet.How does it taste?Does it have any after taste?

R said...

nicely made. good to know abt xylitol, had never heard of it before.

yummychunklet said...

This sounds delicious especially with the saffron.

Gayathri NG said...

Looks so spongy n tempting rasgullas...

Gayathri NG said...

Spongy n tempting Rasgullas ...

Jay said...

picture perfect....yummm rasgullas in excellent clik..;)
Tasty Appetite

saffronstreaks said...

wow a bowl of deliciousness..awesome rasgulla with nice click

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Superb looking rasgullas...Lovely clicks..

Raji said...

Oh how I missed seeing this post...the rasgullas look soft and spongy..and making it with xylitol makes them even so more good.

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Purabi Naha said...

Yummy Bengali rasgullas! You have a great blog, happy to follow you!

Laavanya said...

I made them from scratch a few months ago and loved it... good to see your version.

Srimathi said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I see that you have replaced sugar in this recipe with Xylotil. I use it on and off in my baking. You have a nice blog here.

Seetha said...

Looks so good..tempting..

DV said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! These Rasgullas are lovely :) It's fantastic to see a website focused on healthier alternatives and being 100% vegetarian in that! I shall keep visiting often...and try some of your recipes (this one definitely).
TastyVegCooking

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