Strawberry Sandesh | Hari Ghotra
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Strawberry Sandesh

Strawberry Curd Petit Fours

  • Heat None
  • Serves 10
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins
Strawberry Sandesh

A revolutionised version of a traditional Bengali dessert made with curd

Hari says

Bengal is a nation of people who love sweets and I mean luuuurrrvvve sweets. So much so that most of them do actually believe that you can never have too many sweets!
 
The Sandesh can be found in most Bengali homes. It's a classic sweet made with curd and sugar and can be flavoured in a variety of different ways.

Because I love strawberries I decided to make mine with a little strawberry purée, which not only has a great flavour, but gives the curd a beautiful pink colour too. You can also use orange or banana. I think these are great as a little treat but also make a unique after dinner petit four.

'Sandesh' literally translates to 'news' so it's thought that these little nuggets of deliciousness bring forth happiness and joyous tidings - so if you needed a reason to try them, there is is.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 1L full cream milk
  • 150g strawberries
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp water 
  1. Boil the milk in a large pan. As it heats up keep an eye on it and as it comes to the boil remove it from the heat and add in the lemon juice. Stir it gently until it curdles. Leave this for a few minutes while you chop your strawberries (remember to keep a few for the garnish).
  2. Pour the curdled milk through a muslin cloth so that the liquid drains away. If possible hang the muslin for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Place the chopped strawberries into a pan with the sugar and water.
  4. Cook over a low heat, stirring now and again to make a purée. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't stick to the pan. Once it's thick and sticky (about 10 minutes) remove it from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. Take the curd out of the cloth (it will have a crumbly, spongy feel to it) and place it in a bowl.
  6. Start to knead the curd with your palm and continue until your hand begins to feel oily.
  7. Then fold in the strawberry purée with the curd and mix it through. 
  8. Cover the bowl with a wet cloth and refrigerate for an hour. 
  9. Remove the flavoured curd from the fridge and make shapes little balls with your hands. Garnish each ball with a sliced strawberry. Keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 

N.B These should be consumed within 24 hours

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Calories83
Fat (g)1
of which saturates (g)4
Carbohydrates (g)10
of which sugars (g)5
Fibre (g)0
Protein (g)13
Salt (mg)0
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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