Chana Bhapa is a unique Bengali cottage cheese recipe where the ‘chana’ or homemade paneer is steamed in a gravy of freshly ground paste of mustard seeds. Also known as a recipe of paneer bhapa (where bhapa means steamed), this chanar recipe in Bengali cuisine stands its ground for being one of its kind.
Bhapa Sandesh is a variety of Bengali sweets recipe where chena or cottage cheese is mixed with rest of the ingredients and is steam cooked. When served chilled, it is also known as Ice Cream Sandesh due to its creamy and rich texture.
Pantua recipe, much like other recipes of Bengali sweets, is a milk sweet dish where cow’s milk, in particular, is curdled to get some cheese which in turn gives these scrumptious sweets.
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.
Chitrakut is one of those Bengali sweets recipes which is rarely heard of. Not as popular as its counterparts like Rosogolla or Pantua, however, it is still quite popular among Bengali sweet-preferring community.
Rasbhari or Mini Gulab Jamuns are bite-sized dumplings that have been deep-fried and soaked in sugar syrup before serving. Very popular in the northern states of India, I can bet that you can not stop eating these cute little dumplings of joy!