How to make Orange Chennar Payesh -

Bengalis love their chennar payesh and orange adds a wonderful twist to it

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Orange drink powder, Milk (दूध)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Mithais


Orange Chennar Payesh

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The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 3-3.30 hour

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Orange Chennar Payesh Recipe

  • Orange drink powder 3 tablespoons

  • Milk 2 litres

  • Milk , to make chenna 1 litres

  • Lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Sweet condensed milk 400 grams

  • Sugar 2 tablespoons

  • Almonds , slivered 4-5

  • Pistachios , slivered 4-5

Method

Step 1

Heat 2 lt milk in a deep non-stick pan till it reduces to half.

Step 2

Heat 1 lt milk in another non-stick pan.

Step 3

Place a muslin cloth over a strainer kept on a bowl.

Step 4

When the milk in the 2nd pan comes to a boil, add lemon juice and let it curdle. Pour the curdled milk into the strainer and let all whey drain. (Reserve this whey. You can use it to knead chapatti dough or to make chenna again).

Step 5

Gather the edges of the cloth together, dip in cold water kept in another bowl, till it cools down completely. Squeeze the cloth to drain all excess water away.

Step 6

Add condensed milk to the reduced milk and mix well. Cook till it reduces a little more.

Step 7

Place the chenna on the worktop or in a parat and mash it with the heels of your palms.

Step 8

Add sugar to reduced milk and mix and continue to cook.

Step 9

Take orange drink powder in a small bowl, add ¼ cup reduced milk and mix well.

Step 10

When the milk reduces to the required consistency, add small portions of mashed chenna and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes and take it off the heat. Cool down to room temperature.

Step 11

Add orange powder mixture and mix well and chill.

Step 12

Pour into individual bowls and serve chilled garnished with almonds and pistachios.

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