I love Pineapples! Add it to any dish, and I will polish it off within minutes. So of course, coming from the land of sweets, I had to experiment with this delicious fruit to make a lip smacking mithai. I combined pineapple with cottage cheese and steamed it to make this wonderful sweet dish. This Sandesh (a famous Kolkata sweet with a twist) is the easiest and the yummiest sweet I have made in a while. I served it to guests on our housewarming and it became such a hit that a friend requested I make a batch for her daughter’s birthday! Her guests loved it too! With pineapples being available in abundance these days, you can serve this Sandesh at the next party you host. Trust me, you will have everyone go gaga when they bite into these melt-in-the-mouth delights stuffed with chopped pineapples! Here’s how you can make it:
3 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup pineapple (canned or fresh) (chopped)
4-5 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon pineapple essence
2-3 drops edible yellow color
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat milk and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and allow milk to curdle.
Strain the cheese and wash well with water to remove the lemony flavor.
Tie in a muslin cloth and squeeze out all the excess whey.
On a flat surface, knead the cheese well with the heel of your palm, gathering the cheese from the sides together, till it becomes smooth and greasy.
Add pineapple essence, yellow color and sugar. Knead again to mix the ingredients well.
Make small balls out of the dough. Flatten each ball on your palms and stuff it with half a teaspoon of chopped pineapple. Seal the edges and shape into a ball again. Flatten the ball gently.
Repeat with the remaining balls.
Top the flattened cottage cheese balls with chopped pineapples and press down gently.
Steam in a steamer for 5 minutes. Once steamed, remove from steamer on to a plate and refrigerate.
Serve these Bhapa Pineapple Sandesh chilled.
Eat, drink and be merry! 🙂
NOTE: You can use skimmed milk and sugar substitute if you are a calorie conscious foodie!