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Bengali Strawberry Sandesh

Felice Marly from Canada

Serves
6
Preparation
8 minutes
Cooks in
5 minutes
Country of origin
India

Sandesh is a traditional Bengali dessert and if you go into dessert shops you will see rows of different Sandesh some with fruit on top or nuts. This recipe caught my eye because it had strawberries in the centre and the Sandesh covering it and was a different take on the traditional recipe. I needed to make a Bengali dessert because I have a Foodies meetup group where people who like to cook get together and make a meal. We formed our own international cooking school, once a month we make a meal from a different country. We go alphabetically and we started at A and pick a country that starts with A then the next month we go onto the next letter and so on. We’ve done the whole alphabet and now we’ve started again and are at B ! So we chose Bengal and I needed to come up with a desert. I live close to an area called Little India and went to a dessert shop to find inspiration and there I found it with my stawberry Sandesh. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take much time and looks pretty on the plate.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated paneer cheese
  • 6 big strawberries
  • 2 1/2 tbsp suger
  • 1 1/2 tbsp drinking chocolate powder
  • 4 crushed marie biscuits
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  • Heat a non stick pan, add the paneer and cook on a very slow flame for 5 mnutes while sitrring continuously
  • Remove from the flame, cool and add the vailla and sugar and knead well
  • Add the drinking chocolate and the crushed biscuits and mix well
  • Cover the strawberry with a little paneer to make a ball
  • Repeat with the remaining strawberries
  • Roll the covered strawberries in the chocolate mix and cut the balls into halves

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