Sandesh – Diwali Sweets Recipe

Sandesh also known as ‘pranhara’ is one of the most famous sweet and it is popularly known as a specialty from the state of Bengal, in fact for Bengalis any celebration is incomplete without.

Sandesh Recipe

Sandesh is a delicacy, served as a dessert. Made several different ways using freshly made paneer. This Indian recipe is also famous in Dhaka and Bangladesh. Sandesh is titled as ‘heart stealer’ by the Bengali.


  • 8 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom

For Garnish:

  • 2 tablespoon sliced pistachios
  • About 8 strands of saffron


    1. Put milk on flame in think bottom pan and heat it till it boils.
    2. Add lemon juice in a cup of hot water.
    3. Stir boiling milk and slow add lemon water in it to separate milk fat and whey.
    4. Drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth wrap and rinse under cold water and squeeze well. Then set it aside to remove extra water or whey in it.
    5. Then knead the paneer until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough.
    6. Add the sugar and cardamom into the paneer and knead the paneer again until sugar is mixed well.
    7. Next on low heat cook the paneer mixture stirring continuously until paneer starts coming together as soft dough. About 6 to 7 minutes.
    8. Turn off the heat and keep mixing the paneer like you are making dough.
    9. This is most important step to this dish; you are just cooking paneer enough to take out the rawness. Over cooking will make become crumbly.
    10. Divide the paneer in 24 equal parts and roll them giving a ball shape.
    11. Garnish with a drop of saffron paste putting sliced pistachio over.
    12. Refrigerate them for few hours before serving. Serve them chilled.


One can put 3 – 4 strands of saffron mixed with about one table spoon of hot milk in to it to give in a yellow color. Rose petals can also be used for garnishing it.

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