Wednesday, August 13, 2008

RANG DE BASANTI- bengali sandesh

India completes 61 years of independence on Friday the 15Th of august. The title of my blog post is a title of a very old Indian patriotic movie. It simply translates to colour me saffron.
The tricoloured Indian flag comprises of saffron, white and green with a blue wheel of twenty four spokes in the center of the white band.
Saffron being the colour of patriotism, courage and sacrifice.
The white represents peace, purity and truth. The green represents prosperity, faith and fertility.
The blue wheel in the center of the of the white band represents the "dharam chakra"or duty.

well this is not a history post,but just a little somthing about the most important colours for Indians. And offcourse, I thought it would be a good way to introduce the sweet dish I made for pooja's event, saffron white and green.

I made a bengali sweet dish "sandesh". made with chena. hope you all like it. and hope the colours of independence bring sunshine and happiness in all our lives.
here is the recipe

You will need

  • milk- 1/2 gallon
  • lime juice- of one lemon
  • sugar- 5 tbsp
  • cardamon powder- 1 tsp
  • ground pistachios- 1 tbsp
  • soaked saffron- 1 tsp, a few more strands for decoration
  • food colour- red and yellow (to make orange), and green
You have to
  1. boil milk. turn of the heat and add the lime juice.
  2. wait for it to curdle. strain.
  3. take the "chena" or cheese, add sugar to it and mash it till no lumps remain and it becomes smooth.
  4. add the cardamon powder, the pistachios and the saffron.
  5. mix and refrigerate for an hour.
  6. take it out and divide into three parts.
  7. leave one part white.
  8. to one part add the green colour. to the other part add the orange colour.
  9. mix.
  10. shape into any shapes. round is the easiest. sprinkle a few strands of saffron and some cardamom and pistachio.
  11. chill in the refrigerator till set.

happy independence day.


notyet100 said...


Pearlsofeast said...

Looks really good.Nice soft colors.

vijayta said...

Bengal's sandesh.... Yummmy ....
I love to see ur outcome.. Now I want to see mine too... Hope it comes out good as urs..
Thanks for posting this !!!

Jayashree said...

Lovely colours....nice entry.

Usha said...

Ooh I love Bengali sweets and yours looks really tempting. A great idea to make them in the colors of the Indian flag :)

Hima said...

what a beautiful sandesh.........

delhibelle said...

so pretty and so creative!

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

I love this sweet.Ate it all the time towards the end of my pregnancy. Yummmmm..

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Cham said...

They re very pretty for the event

Pooja said...

Sandesh looks so yummy !!!
very creative way to represent all 3 colors of tiranga.
thanks for your nice entry Karuna. Happy Independence day to you too.

Mansi Desai said...

looks lovely shreya! happy I day to you too:)

Suma Rajesh said...

nice and cute sweet dish...happy independence day

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow thi sweet is making me droooooooool