Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sandesh(Saffron flavored milk sweet sweetened with guilt free Xylitol)

Wish ing you all a very Happy Diwali/Deepavali. Diwali/Deepavali is one of the most important festivals in India. The name Deepavali means row of lights and it indeed is a festival of lights where small clay lamps are lit inside the house and families get together and celebrate with sweets, new dress and to top it all bursting fire crackers. Unless you have visited or stayed in the Indian subcontinent during Deepavali time, it is slightly difficult to understand what is being missed miles away during this festival time.

Living thousands of miles away  I try to recreate things in whatever way I can, so that my kids also get a feel of this festival.  Now getting on to this recipe, this is a very easy one with very few ingredients, even though it involves couple of steps. Super healthy too with calcium and protein and not cavity causing sweetener Xylitol. Do try it out and let me know, how you liked it.

Preparation Time - 30 Minutes

Serves - Makes around 12 pieces


Whole Milk - 4 Cups

Vinegar - 1/4 Cup

Saffron few strands

Rose water - 1/2 Tsp

Powdered Xylitol - 1/4 Cup( or 1/4 Sugar)

Few rose petals and almonds slices for garnishing


1) Combine saffron and milk and boil the milk. Once it starts to rise in the pan, add the vinegar stir and switch off the stove. By now the cheese and whey would have separated.

2) Line a colander with cheese cloth and pour the whey and cheese through it. The cheese would settle in the top of the cloth and the whey would drain. Rinse this cheese with cold water to remove any smell or sour taste and squeeze out all the extra water.

3) Knead the cheese using your hands to form a soft firm dough and add the powdered xylitol, rose water and make small balls out of it and garnish with sliced almonds and rose petals. Chill it and serve. Xylitol causes little bit of dryness, so you are better off without cooking the mixture. If you are using sugar proceed to step 4.

4) If you are using sugar instead of sugar. After adding the sweetener, cook in low heat for around 5 minutes. Until the mixture resembles a soft dough. Cool this mixture and once it is warm enough to handle, roll out small balls and garnish with nuts or fruits of your choice. Chill it and serve.



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julie said...

lovely colour of sandesh!!!looks cute,yummy n awesome clicks,Sandhya!
Happy Diwali to you n your family!!

zareena.b said...

mmmm... perfect and delicious for diwali.

Now Serving said...

Wonderful sweet Sadhana - Wish you and your family a happy and safe Deepavali

sangee vijay said...

sandesh looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...
A very Happy Diwali to you & your family !!!

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Sandesh luks fantasic and delicious.Luv it.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

divya said...

looks absolutely great dear..Happy Diwali to u n ur family :)

Uma said...

Sandesh is superb and perfect for festival. Happy Diwali to you and your family!!!


Susan and Abraham said...

Wish you and your family and blessed and a happy Diwali. Warm Regards Susan

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Being a Bong I just can't stay away from Sandesh ;-) Done it perfectly. Happy diwali dear

Miriam said...

Excellent! Love it! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Archana said...

Lovely sandesh. Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year!
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Anzz said...

The Sandesh looks delicious. A very Happy Diwali to you .. :)

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

Dear Sadhana, Happy Diwali to you and your family. You reminded me of times I was in India, and the celebrations there... thank you for the great healthy recipes, especially this sandesh- a festive favourite of mine, and so nice to see a healthier version! :)

saffronstreaks said...

Sandesh is one of my fave, very nicely done and perfect to look at

Happy diwali

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Swathi said...

Sandesh looks delicious. Wish you and family a happy and prosperous Diwali.

Sravs said...

Happy Diwali !! Sandesh looks very tempting !!

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Vani said...

Wow, nice recipe and lovely blog :) Happy to follow u!
Thank you for leaving a nice comment @ my space.


Kaveri said...

Looks awesome...Wish you and your family a happy diwali

Priya said...

Woww sandesh looks super rich and fantastic..Happy Diwali wishes Sadhana..

aipi said...

Awesome as always ~ great to indulge without the guilt :)

Srimathi said...

Nice to see so many sweets for deepavali on the blogging world. I love sandesh, my aunt gave me her recipe and I have never tried it. Looking at yours reminded me of that.Sandesh looks mouth watering.

Vidhya said...

Sandesh looks perfect for Diwali.I love this dessert because of the ease of preparing this.Hope you had a wonderful Diwali.

Charles said...

Beautiful - I have almost all I need to make these - all but the rose water, and I've been meaning to make these little kinds of sweet in so long, they look so fascinating! Thanks for sharing them :)

Jay said...

very tempting...love your healthy version..;)
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Pari said...

Hi. First time here and now following u.
Sandesh in guilt free way is the best treat for festive occasions.



Sobha Shyam said...

Belated Diwali wishes dear..sandesh look so yummy n tempting..beautiful presentation..

Sowmya said...

Sandesh looks totally scrumptious and droolworthy...I'll definitely try it out!

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soujanya said...

lovely color of sandesh...
looks real yummm!!!!!

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