Blogs, like online discussion forums, are a wonderful beast. Your horizons expand beyond your physical vicinity and you make new friends of every color and creed. Most remain online or virtual friends. Some, we have the pleasure to meet in person. And so it happened to me, yet again. I made a new friend, this time through my blog, and I had the pleasure of meeting up with her over lunch last week. She was everything and more than I thought she would be. We are planning to meet often and get up to some girl-fun together. Yay!!
Good things happening to me always make me long for something sweet. Something milky. Something spongy. Something quick and easy. Can't be Ras malai?
- 2 tins of Haldiram's rasgullas
- 1 quart milk
- 8-10 pistachios
- 2-3 almonds
- pinch cardamom powder
- Hygiene tip:Wash your hands really well in hot water cos you're going to be handling the food and it's not going to be cooked once you're done playing with it. Alternately, use sterile food gloves.
- Empty milk into your dessert bowl.
- Take a rasgulla and squeeze as much sugar syrup out from it as possible without letting the rasgulla crumble.
- Dunk the squished rasgulla completely in the milk and hold for a couple of seconds and then release slowly, allowing the rasgulla to assume it's original shape and size. As it does this, it absorbs the milk into every spongy air-pocket.
- Repeat this for each rasgulla until you have all the rasgullas floating in a bed of milk and perhaps, a couple that didn't make it to your dessert bowl, settling comfortably in your tummy.
- Add 6-8 tablespoons of the sugar syrup to the milk and mix well. Taste it and adjust the sweetness to your please your sweet tooth.
- Lightly toast the pistachios and almonds. Allow to cool and then pound or grind into a coarse powder.
- Mix the cardamom powder with the powdered nuts and garnish the rasmalai.
- Chill for an hour, if you have the patience, or eat right away!
If you're not like me - not lazy and not interested in quick fixes - then there have been more elaborate recipes of ras malai posted before:
- AF's recipe that uses ricotta cheese. Where are you these days, AF?
- RP's step-by-step ras malai
If you're like me - never have enough hours in the day - dunking is the answer!