RASAGOLLA

Rasagola which have now become popular throughout India and other parts of South Asia actually originated in the Indian state of Odisha. These are made from balls of Chhena (an Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough, cooked in a sugar syrup. In Odisha, Rasagola,also known by its original name,Khira Mohana has been a traditional Odia dish for centuries. The inventors of Rasagola are thought to be the Kar brothers, the descendants of a local confectioner,Bikalananda Kar, in the town of Salepur, near Cuttack. Even today these Rasgollas famously named as Bikali Kar Rasgolla,are sold all over Odisha.

 RASAGOLLA

Though canned Rasagollas are probably the only choice for many Rasagolla-desirers outside Bengal or India, traditionally they are sold in clay pots called handis. In the coastal city of Puri in Odisha, the Rasagolla has been the traditional offering to the Hindu goddess,Lakshmi(the Hindu Goddess of Wealth),  the consort to the Puri Temple’s main deity, Jagannath. In fact, it is an age-old custom inside the temple to offer Rasagollas to Lakshmi in order to appease her wrath for being ignored, on the last day of the eleven day long famous Rath Yatra(chariot festival). Only after the goddess has savored Rasagollas, do the trinity of deities re-enter the temple precincts after their sojourn. Rasagollas are distributed to the numerous devotees who throng to witness the event. This intricate ritual, called Niladri Vijay, has traditionally marked the commencement of the festival every year. Scholars believe that the sweet may in fact owe its origin to the very temple itself claiming that the Rasagollamight be more than 600 years old and is as old as the Rath Yatra in Puri! The Rath Yatra, which started more than six centuries ago, has not changed with times. And until today, Rasagollais the only sweet offered to Mahalaxmi, Jagannath’s consort, to appease her when the deities return home.

RASAGOLLA

In many Odia households, sweets are savored on a daily basis. Rasagolla is the most common sweet available in all parts of the state.  In Odisha, it is common to find a single raisin inside each Rasagolla. Crushed cardamom seeds are used for a fragrant version. The odia Rasagolla can be further differentiated into the Salepur and the Pahala varieties. The Salepur Rasagulla is more chewy and sweeter while the Pahala Rasagulla is very soft and aromatic.

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  1. Boil Milk in a pan and once it starts boiling , take from heat and let it cool for 2-3 mts. Add lemon juice a little at a time to the milk to split.
  2. Once you see the clear water, strain it in a strainer with a muslin cloth  and immediately pour cold water over it to cool it down and take away the flavor of the lemon from the Chenna.
  3. Let it rest for 30 minutes so that all the water drains from the Chenna  and after that collect all the chenna from the muslin cloth. Knead the Chenna with your palm for 5  to 10 mts till it becomes smooth .
  4. Make small balls of the chenna. Approximately you can make  12 to 15 chenna balls out of this.
  5. Boil 2 cups of sugar with 4 cups of water in a pressure cooker . Add ½ tsp of cardamom powder in it and allow it to boil on a high heat. Make sure the water level is so that the chena balls can completely submerged in it.
  6. Now, put the Chenna balls in the boiling water and  cook for 15 minutes on high flame. After every 5 minutes check the Chena balls , you will see them becoming double in size and floating on top. Donot put the entire balls at one go as it increases in size after boiling.
  7. Turn off the heat and wait till it cools down completely.Enjoy these soft melt in the mouth rasagollas. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot or cold as per your choice.
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