Low Calorie, Quick, Easy Indian Dessert: Cottage Cheese in Sugar Syrup
Quick and easy Dessert ideas
I love to have desserts, after a meal. But what to do about the high calories?
It's smarter to look at portions, than to count calories.
I love Desserts, but it has to be a low calorie dessert.
I presume that many of you would agree with me, that for regular day to day cooking, the recipes which can be prepared with minimum, or very few ingredients, and that too quickly, are the most preferred.
I always love cooking recipes, with minimum ingredients, and the ones, which can be ready in few minutes.
Too many preparations, are meant for the grand parties, or the weddings, or some other ceremonies and celebrations.
Desserts are a must hav, in the Indian cooking. And since you eat it daily, there can not be anything better, than a low-calorie dessert.
Here is one such dessert option, which you would enjoy making, and serving to your loved ones.
What is Paneer?
- Cottage cheese or Paneer, as it is commonly called in India, is a versatile and favourite ingredient, for the vegetarians, and is enjoyed both in the sweet dishes, the sweets, or even salted recipes.
- It can easily be prepared at home, by curdling hot, boiling milk, with lemon juice, or curd.
- After curdling, you have to pass the milk through a sieve, discard the liquid, and use the paneer or cottage cheese.
- Paneer or cottage cheese, is readily available in the supermarkets, or the dairies as well.
- Paneer or cottage cheese, can be prepared at home, as well. Homemade paneers are preferable to me, because of it’s freshness and softness.
- It‘s a simple, and low-calorie dessert. I always prefer to stock, the Paneer in my refrigerator, because it‘s so easy, to turn it into a great recipe, and that too very quickly.
- 200 grams. Cottage cheese, or Paneer
- 2 tablespoons castor sugar
- 1/2 cup dry coconut, grated
- 1/2 teaspoonful green cardamom, powdered
- 1 teaspoonful raisins
- Take one liter of milk, and put to boil. When it is boiled, add lemon juice, and it will curdle. Pass through a sieve, and let the Paneer/ Cottage cheese cool.
- Cut the cottage cheese into small pieces, such as square, or triangles, as you choose.
- Take a pan suitable for boiling liquids. Place a glass of water to boil, on medium flame. After 2 to 3 minutes add grated coconut, raisins, and cardamom powder. One-fourth water will evaporate by this time. Remove from fire and do not over boil, as the paneer will become hard.
- When the sugar syrup looks ready with a two thread consistency, add Paneer/ Cottage Cheese.
- Boil for another two minutes and then take it off the heat.
- Transfer into a serving bowl and add thin shredded almonds and saffron, if you like. You may even decorate it with Silver foil, which is how the Indian sweets are decorated to give an attractive finish.
Some other delicious Indian desserts, made with Paneer or cottage cheese
Paneer is a very popular food item in India and can be combined with some other ingredients to make delicious sweets.
- Rasgullas: the sweet dumplings in sugar syrup.
- Rasmalai: is made with soaking flat Rasgullas in thick, and creamy milk syrup, containing the richness of saffron and pistachios.
- Sandesh: is pure paneer or chenna, mixed with green cardamoms, or similar flavours.
- Chamcham: is another favourite sweet made with chenna or paneer, with a lovely sunshine yellow colour.
Children of all age groups love Paneer and the recipes made with it.
It is low in calories and can be made very easily at home without much fuss.
It is a good idea to make Paneer and store it in the refrigerator. In most Indian homes, one can find it readily available in the refrigerator.
But it is advisable to keep the paneer in the deep refrigerator otherwise, it might become stale. It can be taken out half an hour before cooking, so that it gets back to room temperature.
With changing times, people are becoming more health conscious. So they prefer low-calorie food, and the above recipe is an example of that.
No ceremony is complete without Sweets, in India. And Paneer provides a huge variety in sweets. Almost every state in India has a different variety of sweet to offer.
Do you prefer home made Cottage Cheese?
Quick Paneer Desserts, source: You tube
Interesting Facts About Indian Sweets
- All the ingredients, in the preparation of the Indian sweets, are considered to be pure or satvik.
- Usually these ingredients are, milk, sugar, clarified butter or ghee, dry fruits, such as cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, dates, dry coconut, saffron, green cardamoms etc.
- The festivals, weddings and other celebrations in India, are a lavish and decorative affair. The rich cultural heritage of India, places emphasis on the different kinds of sweets. They can be offered to the Gods, during the prayers and the spiritual leaders, can also consume them.
- People observing fasts also consume them, during the fast.
- No auspicious occasion can be considered complete, without having sweets in the Indian traditions.
- Gifting the sweet boxes, and exchanging them with the family and friends, on the special occasions and the weddings, is a must. This is done to express joy and happiness, to express gratitude, and this is a great way to express admiration and thanks, to the family and friends.
- Although, these sweets are available in the markets, the tradition is to prepare them at homes, in the most hygienic conditions, to maintain the purity.
- Indian sweets are also referred to as mithai.
- The variety of sweets prepared are so many, that it is difficult to make a list. India is a vast country, with many cultures, many regions and many traditions. And there are different sweets, in different regions, for different festivals.
Paneer burfi or cottage cheese burfi, source: YouTube
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