Shondesh in all its variants is among the most popular Bengali sweets. The basic shondesh has been considerably enhanced by the many famous confectioners of Bengal, and now a few hundred different varieties exist, but what we insist you must try is a nolengur sondesh. Finely ground fresh chhena, is sweetened with Date palm jaggery to make these delicious sweets. This aromatic jaggery is made by collecting the fresh sap of Date Palm Trees on foggy winter mornings and you can smell nolengur being made from miles away. This is unique to Bengal, especially in the winters, however if you are lucky you might just find it at a a few select Bengali sweet shops. If not you could try other varieties like kacha golla, abar khabo, jolbhora or indrayani.
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