Saturday, March 21, 2009

Indian Sandesh

Spring is here.
These cherry blossoms were blooming right outside of the building where my lab is.

And in another part of town (aka my kitchen) something else was blooming (sort of).

Ok, so they may not be as pretty as those cherry blossoms but they sure taste better.
These little blossoms are called sandesh, a really simple Indian dessert made from paneer. Paneer is an Indian cheese that's made by boiling milk, adding lemon juice, and then straining the curds that are produced.
I made these desserts with homemade paneer, which is actually really simple to make. No paneer tutorial this time, but I promise there will be one here soon.

I sprinkled a bit of sugar on them and took this picture -- oh, and I also ate two of them.

You can usually buy blocks of paneer from Indian grocery stores. If you use this kind, just use your hands to crumble it up first.

  • 1 cup paneer, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
  • 1 Tb almond pieces
Using a potato masher or your hands, mash the paneer and sugar together. Shape into rounds. Sprinkle with cardamom, almond, and extra sugar. Chill for 1 hour.


  1. I made paneer for the first time the other week and how I wish I had know about this! We love cardamom in this house, anything with cardamom, and I know this would have been a hit!

  2. I second the love of all things cardamom (I'm currently sipping my homemade chai, as we speak). Is the paneer recipe you use available online? I'm looking forward to the tutorial :)

  3. Andrea -- Thanks for looking!

    Kathleen -- I used this recipe from allrecipes: without the oil and with a few changes. I will put the tutorial up here soon!

  4. How wonderful, 4 simple ingredients and delicious i'm sure!

  5. "Joy Guru Joy Bromho"
    Hi Anu Sona,
    I cannot believe that you made sandesh. mama