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Kesar Sandesh Recipe

Kesar Sandesh recipe with step by step pictures. This is basically a Bengali sweet that is made with fresh chenna or paneer and sugar which is flavored with saffron.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
resting time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Festival Sweets
Cuisine Indian
Servings 20 servings
Calories 44 kcal


  • 1 liter Full Fat Milk
  • 1.5 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • Saffron a pinch
  • Nuts a handful finely chopped


  • Squeeze some lemons, you will need 1.5 tblspn of lemon juice, line a sieve with muslin cloth and place it over a big bowl.
  • Take milk in a pot and put it on high heat. Let it come to a boil. Once it boils, take it off the heat and let it sit for 1 min.
  • Now add in lemon juice and mix gently. The milk will curdle. Once a greenish whey separates from the milk and the milk solids have curdled completely. Strain it in the sieve.
  • Now take a big bowl of cold water and wash the chenna well. rinse it in three changes of water.
  • Squeeze it gently with your hands to remove any excess whey water, Tie a knot and hang it over a tap and leave it to drain for 30 mins. I squeezed occasionally to make things faster.
  • Now the chenna is done, this is a soft chenna recipe, you can use them to make different sweets.
  • Now take the crumbled chenna, sugar in a blender and puree till smooth.
  • Take this in a dry pan and cook for 4 to 5 mins till it dries a little. Now take it off the heat and add in cardamom and saffron.
  • Cool this down. Take small portion and roll it into a smooth ball. Make a indention and place some nuts in it.
  • Chill this for few hours before serving.


1)Always use full fat milk for making chenna.
2)Adding lemon juice to curdle the milk gives a nice flavour to the chenna.
3)You can reserve the whey water in a air tight bottle and when you make chenna for the next time, add this instead of lemon juice.
4) You have to wash the chenna really well to get the extra sour taste.
5) Hang the chenna to remove excess water, never place weight over it , it will make them tough.
6)Dont add too much sugar to the sandesh, else it will leave so much water.
7)Don't over cook it, else it will turn crumbly. Even if it turn crumbly or looks a bit dry, take it in a blender and puree till smooth, so you can shape it into ball.
Nutrition Facts
Kesar Sandesh Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0.03g0%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 0.02mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword festival sweets
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