Nikuti - Bengali Sweets Recipe

Nikuti Recipe

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Nikuti is one of the lesser-known Bengali Sweet from India’s eastern state of West Bengal. Similar to the recipes of Pantua and Chanar Jilipi, nikuti recipe also needs fresh cottage cheese of cow’s milk mixed with semolina and flour. Small oblong-shaped dumplings are made out of the dough which is deep-fried before soaking in a simple syrup.

Like most of the Bengali sweet recipes, in fact, Indian sweets recipes included, making nikuti at home requires simple ingredients which are usually available in an Indian pantry. With this, all you need is a little bit of time & patience to shape the dough balls in such shape.

In this article, I have shared step-by-step instructions on Nikuti sweet recipe. Along with that, I have also included step-by-step instructions on how to make chena or chenna (Indian Cottage Cheese) easily with just 2 ingredients!

Nikuti tastes very similar to Bengali sweet known as Pantua and Chanar Jilipi, the only difference is the shape and the size. The dough is practically and the sugar syrup is practically the same. Here, in the case of Nikuti, we will be dividing the dough into much smaller portions and roll them to shape them between our palms.

This is a small batch of Nikuti mishti recipe which would give you around 15-17 pieces. So, if you want to make a bigger batch of it, just double or triple the recipe. Indian sweets recipes like this are quite delicious, and I bet you can’t stop at one!

How to make Nikuti – Ingredients list

  • Cow’s Milk – alternate would be Buffalo Milk or any full-fat milk
  • Lemon Juice – alternate would be White Vinegar
  • All-Purpose Flour or Maida
  • Semolina or Sooji
  • Baking Soda
  • Milk
  • Ghee or Clarified Butter
  • Sugar & Water to make the Sugar Syrup
  • Green Cardamom pods to add flavour to the Sugar Syrup

Step-by-step instructions for this Bengali Sweets Recipe – Nikhuti

How to make Chana at home?

All you need is some good quality full-fat milk and a milk curdling agent such as lemon juice or white vinegar.

Bring the milk to a rolling boil first and then add the juice of a lemon into the milk. Here, I have used 600ml of Cow’s Milk and that required the juice of one golf ball-sized lemon. Add the juice gradually. Once you see that the cheese has curdled and whey left underneath is pale green in colour, stop adding the juice.

Then turn off the heat. Take a cheesecloth and lay it on top of a sieve or a colander. Pour the contents of the milk pan into it.

Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and let it sit on the sieve overnight to get rid of the moisture.

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Nikuti - Bengali Sweets Recipe
Nikuti Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Nikuti is one of the lesser-known Bengali Sweet from India's eastern state of West Bengal. Similar to the recipes of Pantua and Chanar Jilipi, nikuti recipe also needs fresh cottage cheese of cow's milk mixed with semolina and flour. Small oblong-shaped dumplings are made out of the dough which is deep-fried before soaking in a simple syrup.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Bengali Food, Indian Sweets Recipes, Mishti Recipes, Mithai Recipes, Nikuti Recipes, Paneer Recipes
Servings: 18 pieces
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 600 ml Cow’s Milk
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Semolina or Sooji
  • 2 tbsp Milk Powder
  • Β½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Ghee or Oil to fry
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Green Cardamom Pod
Instructions
To make Chena or Chana
  1. Bring the milk to a rolling boil first. Once it is there, add the juice of a lemon into the milk. Here, I have used 600ml of Cow’s Milk and that required the juice of one golf ball-sized lemon. Add the juice gradually. Once you see that the cheese has curdled and whey left underneath is pale green in colour, stop adding the juice.
  2. Turn off the heat. Take a cheesecloth and lay it on top of a sieve. Now, pour the contents of the milk pan into it. I would suggest you collect the whey underneath the sieve, as it is rich in nutrients.
  3. Gather the ends of the cheesecloth and let it sit on the sieve overnight to get rid of the moisture. If you live in a colder region, you may leave it on your kitchen counter, otherwise, keep it in the refrigerator.
To make Sugar Syrup
  1. Take sugar and water in a sauce pan and gently bring it to a boil. Keep stirring so that the sugar is dissolved completely. Once you see that there are no more sugar crystals left, switch off the heat. Drop in the cardamom pods and stir.
To make Nikuti
  1. Take the chena or cottage cheese in a mixing bowl and knead it for 8-10 minutes to make it smooth and supple
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients in it like All-Purpose Flour, Semolina, Milk Powder and Baking Soda and knead it again
  3. Add Water to make the dough moist. It should be kind of a sticky dough as shown here. It took somewhere around 4 tablespoons of water to get the perfect dough.
  4. Add a teaspoon of Ghee to help you work with the dough
  5. Divide the dough into 18 equal portions. Take each portion and roll it between your greased palms to make smooth round balls. Then press them into a cylindrical shape. Press the ends more to make the shape shown here

  6. Now, fry them in oil/ghee on very low heat. Once they turn brown, take them out and dunk them in Sugar Syrup. Let them soak for 30 minutes or so before serving.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried and this is an amazing recipe ! We loved it . You have walked through the steps so nicely that following it to the t – yields absolutely yummy delicacy!

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