'ORE GRIHABASHI,KHOL,DWAR KHOL,LAGLO JE DOL,
STHALE JALE BONOTALE LAGLO JE DOL,
DWAR KHOL,DWAR KHOL.'
My childhood memories of holi is not good. Our neighbourhood was not so congenial for a girl to play holi. Yes, I mean it.I was brought up in a very well guarded manner by my mother who never allowed me to play holi outside and she was right doing so. After marriage, in my Kolkata neighbourhood I really did enjoy holi with lovely friends, jalebi, kachori-dum aloo and yes bhang....tastes amazing. No I am not putting up the recipe of bhang today, nor of jalebi which I find difficult. Here for you an easy sweet recipe, called BHAPA SANDESH. The introduction was getting lengthier, so did not put up the legend that goes behind the celebration of holi.....may be next year. As of now let me put up a sweet recipe for holi and gear up for the grand Holi Celebration at work tomorrow with a grand lunch spread!!
Milk : 2 litres
Lemon Juice : 1/4small cup
Ice Cubes : 4
Sugar : 1/2 cup[small]
Green Cardamom : 1tsp
Pistachio : 6-7 [chopped finely]
Oil : 2drops
Lets prepare the chena or the cottage cheese first. Pour the milk in a heavy bottomed vessel and put on heat.
Get the juice from the lemon. As the milk comes to boil, pour in the lemon juice.
The milk will curdle. Immediately add the ice cubes to prevent the cheese to harden further.
Once it cools, strain the cottage cheese through a clean white cloth. Wash the chena while in the cloth itself to do away with the lemon smell.
Now transfer the cheese into a wide mouthed bowl or plate. Add the sugar. Crush the cardamom seeds and add to the mixture.
Start mashing and kneading with your palm till it smoothens and your palm gets oily. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
Take a microwave proof container. Grease with 2 drops of oil. Put in the cheese mix and spread evenly.
Take another microwave proof container bigger in size and fill with water less than half of it. Place the square container on it.
Microwave at high for 10 minutes. Rest for few minutes.
Once cool turn onto a plate.