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Wednesday 21 April 2021

Chanar Payesh (Paneer Kheer / Pudding - Bengali Dessert)


          Chanar Payesh is a very popular Bengali sweet dish made of milk and crumbled paneer. Chana means paneer / cottage cheese and payesh refers to kheer / pudding. It is very easy and simple to prepare. So impress your loved ones with this delectable homemade dessert. 

          Sometimes, instead of crumbling the paneer, it is shaped into balls or squares before dropping them into the thickened milk. The consistency of this dessert can be adjusted to your preference. Just garnish with some chopped pistachio, dry rose petals and few strands of saffron and enjoy it chilled. It is pure divine.  


          This Bong style dessert is traditionally made with homemade chana or paneer, but I went in for a quick method and used some Amul paneer instead. It did turn out very yummy. This has remained purely a homemade sweet and is not much found in sweet shops.

          The quantity of the paneer may be increased if you wish. It is a great party recipe and can also be enjoyed as an after meal dessert, during festivals or any special occasions. 

  • 3 cups full fat milk 
  • 1 cup paneer, crumbled / grated
  • sugar to taste 
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pistachios
  • pinch of dry rose petals 
  • few saffron strands

          In a thick bottomed saucepan, bring the milk to a boil and simmer, stirring at intervals, till it is reduced to half. 

          Add sugar, cardamom powder and chopped pistachios (reserving few for garnishing).  Simmer till the sugar is dissolved. 

          Then add the paneer and mix well. Simmer further till it comes to a boil. Switch off the flame and add the rose water.

          Allow it to cool down before refrigerating it till serving time. Garnish with the remaining chopped pistachios, dry rose petals and saffron. Enjoy !!!

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