Malai chop is a traditional sweet recipe of Kolkata and Odisha. Some of sweets I had learned from my late grandfather. Malai chop was one of famous sweet of his in that time.
Today in some particular old sweet shops are making this sweet. In this raksha bandhan try this sweet recipe. I think your brother will so happy. My two younger brothers (Papuni & Babuni) both like this sweet very much. I dedicate this post for both my brothers.
Chena or Indian cottage cheese 200 gm
All purpose flour 2 tbsp
For sugar syrup:
Sugar 2 cups
Water 5 cups
Cardamom powder 1 tsp
Saffron – 5 to 6 strings
For Malai filling:
Malai or wiped cream 1 cup
Khoya 100 gms
Powder sugar 4 tbsp
Saffron 1 pinch
Cardamom powder 1 pinch
Chopped cheery 2 tbsp
Tutti frutti 2 tbsp
Place the chena or Indian cottage cheese on a clean surface. Mash the cheese well with your palm. Add flour and cardamom powder in it.
Rub with your finger until it is smooth. Then try to make a ball from the rubbed Chenna. If you get a firm ball then it is ready to make the flatter rasgulla. Divide into equal portions. Shape into rounds. Then flat little in your palm. Shape it as egg size.
In heavy bottomed pan put the sugar and water. Place it on heat. Add cardamom powder and saffron in it. Stir it little. When the sugar syrup starts boiling put the cheese balls in it.
Cover with lid and cook for 20 to 22 minutes. After 22 minutes remove the pan from heat and open the lid. You will found the tsize of cheese balls are double size. Let it cool for one to two hours. After two hour remove cheese balls from the sugar syrup.
Now we will make the malai filling. In bowl mix the wiped cream, grated koya, sugar powder, cardamom powder and saffron. You can do it with a hand blender. Then put it on heat, stir it well, otherwise it will would be burned. Let it cool.
Now cut each piece of rasgulla horizontally into two equal parts. Spread 1 tsp malai mixture closes it with the other. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the chena balls and malai mixture.
Refrigerate for an hour. Garnish with chopped cherries’ and tutti frutti or silver foil. Spread remaining malai mixture on top. Serve it when chilled.
Wish you a Happy Raksha Bandhan. Enjoy…..