A traditional Bengali sweet “Narom Paak Sondesh” made at home with fresh Chenna (milk solids).
The ‘sondesh’ is a popular sweet from Bengal that is made using fresh chenna or fresh milk solids (better known as the Paneer or Cottage Cheese). Sondesh isn’t popular for no reason, its absolutely delicious and much healthier when compared to most of our other Indian ghee or sugar coated sweets. It was about 7 years back that I had the best sondesh of my life in Calcutta, can’t really recall the shop but our generous Guest house attendant had brought us some in a small sal leaf plate from some place that he claimed made the best and most authentic Sondesh across the city. The soft melting sondesh filled with the fresh date palm jaggery that came out oozing of the Sondesh simply lingers onto my memory till date and in my quest to re-live the experience I stumbled upon this awesome (as close as it can get to the best) Sondesh Recipe by my mom’s friend.