Bengali sweets Rasogolla and Sandesh: Taste of Bengal (India)

Sandesh - Kolkata

Sandesh, Bengali sweet kept in a plate beautifully decorated, at Kolkata
Sandesh, Bengali sweet kept in a plate beautifully decorated, at Kolkata | Source

Rasogolla and Sandesh of Bengal


Want to know about Indian vegetarian food? Delicious Indian sweets? India has hundreds and thousands of categories of foods in its list. Hundreds of varieties of sweets are found here. Perhaps the most popular one is Rasogolla, that is nicknamed as Bengali sweet in India, outside West Bengal.

It is soft and spongy! It is sweet!! It is delicious!!! No other sweet can match the taste of this Bengali sweet. Have a taste for it? Like to eat?

Come Kolkata!The city of joy and the capital of West Bengal. One will find sweet shops everywhere selling Rasogolla and Sandesh. Bengalis love it, so as Marwaris, Gujaratis, and Marathis. Even foreigners come to Kolkata can not restrain themselves from tasting the same.

Baghbazar, a colony in north Kolkata was renowned for preparing Rasogolla in the past. Nowadays the most famous names are K.C.Das, Chittaranjan, and Bhavatarini. There are Rasogolla shops all over India. It is so popular a sweet that the same is served in most of the marriage parties in northern India.

Besides Kolkata, Bikaner ( Rajasthan) has become another center of production. Milk, the main ingredient of the sweet, is available there in huge quantity and at a cheaper rate. Tin packed Rasogolla is exported globally from both Kolkata and Bikaner.


Rasagolla from Orissa

Rasagola (Rasgulla) is a very popular cheese based, syrupy sweet dish originally from the Indian state of Orissa. It is popular throughout India and other parts of South Asia. The dish is made from balls of chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semol
Rasagola (Rasgulla) is a very popular cheese based, syrupy sweet dish originally from the Indian state of Orissa. It is popular throughout India and other parts of South Asia. The dish is made from balls of chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semol | Source

How are these made?


Boiling milk is added with some drops of lemon juice. In a result of its acidic reaction milk splits into two parts, a jelly-like white substance called Chhana and a greenish liquid. Chhana is a cheese like material. Bengali sweet producers use Chhana or Chhena to prepare Rasgulla and Sandesh. Base materials are same for both the sweets but preparation process is different.

Chhana is added with some flour or arrowroot, mixed well and grind. The skilled hands give grind Chhana a spherical shape.They boil these spheres in water for some time and then dip them into chasni. (Prepared by boiling a solution of sugar and water). The spongy spheres soak chasni within it, that sweetens it. After few hours, it is ready to eat Rasogolla.

Sometimes they add saffron, cardamom, almonds etc inside to enhance the taste. In that case, it is called Rajbhog, that means eatables for the royals. Two pieces of Rasogollas are sandwiched with a layer of cream to make it a cream-chop. Several other varieties of sweets are prepared adding this or that material in Rasogolla. Azimganj, another town in Bengal, produces Malpua, a similar variety of Rasogolla.

Sandesh is also made of Chhana. Chhana is baked and grind at first. Some sugar is added to it and put to different shapes. In the winter season, some varieties of Sandesh are prepared adding Nalen Gud (A sweetener got from date tree) in place of sugar. This looks like a very simple process, but it is very difficult to prepare. It needs a higher level of expertise to prepare good quality of Sandesh. Only an experienced hand can prepare a tasty Sandesh or a spongy Rasogolla.

Sandesh has different varieties such as Kadapak, Golap, Talsans, Kesaria, and Kanchagolla etc. Ganguram, Nepal Chandra, Girish Chandra are some of the famous shops selling different varieties of tasty Sandesh.

Preparing Rasogolla, by Tarla Dalal

About Sandesh


Sandesh is also made of Chhana. Chhana is baked and grind at first. Some sugar is added to it and put to different shapes. In the winter season, some varieties of Sandesh are prepared adding Nalen Gud (A sweetener got from date tree) in place of sugar. This looks like a very simple process, but it is very difficult to prepare. It needs a higher level of expertise to prepare good quality of Sandesh. Only an experienced hand can prepare a tasty Sandesh or a spongy Rasogolla.

Sandesh has different varieties such as Kadapak, Golap, Talsans, Kesaria, and Kanchagolla etc. Ganguram, Nepal Chandra, Girish Chandra are some of the famous shops selling different varieties of tasty Sandesh.

Sandesh

Nalen Gud Sandesh
Nalen Gud Sandesh | Source

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Healthy food, Vegetarian food


Both Rasogolla and Sandesh are milk products but do not contain any fats. Both the sweets are light, low cholesterol but enriched with high protein and carbohydrates. It is also rich in minerals like calcium. These are among only a few sweets that do not contain fats. Both are easily digestible yet having a high-calorie value.

These special features are the added attraction to these sweets besides its delicious taste. These are very useful for the patients of indigestion and for those suffering obesity. A sugar-free version is also available for the diabetics.

What to think now? Come Kolkata and enjoy the sweets!!!

Vegetarian food

This is a unique vegetarian recipe enriched with high protein. These sweets do not contain non-vegetarian materials such as meat, fish, sea foods, eggs etc. Both Rasogolla and Sandesh can be proved a better alternative to non-vegetarian food for those who are converted to vegetarians.

Sandesh at Dumdum, West Bengal

Sandesh kept in a terracotta  plate, Photographed at Mall road, Dum Dum, Kolkata.
Sandesh kept in a terracotta plate, Photographed at Mall road, Dum Dum, Kolkata. | Source

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Comments 11 comments

sudeshna mandal 4 years ago

i like it


best restaurant 6 years ago

the taste of Bengal is one of the best taste in India . the rasgollo and sandesh is best Bengali dishes . so you can also add restaurant . thanks.............


Indian lady 7 years ago from India

Jyoti Kothari,

I have some photographs of Rasogolla ans Sandesh both, do you need those?

Thanks,

Indian lady


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

Can you provide me some photographes from Kolkata?


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shyamchat 8 years ago from Calcutta

Why not add a couple of photos, in line with suggestion of Trsmd ?

No doubt it makes the hub more appealing.

:-))


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

I invite all of you to taste it.


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shailini 8 years ago from Bangalore, India

Thanks for sharing a good Rasagolla recipe..yummy..thumbs up


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

Dear Ratnaveera,

Thanx, Would you prefer to write something on your local? Some sweet or salty ?


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ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

Dear Jyoti, Thanks for a nice and sweety Hub !


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JYOTI KOTHARI 8 years ago from Jaipur Author

To,

Trsmd,

Photo? Pls enjoy the real Rasogolla, you will find it everywhere in India. If you come to my house, i can offer.

Jyoti


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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

Where are the display of the Sweets... (photo)?

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