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Chhanar Payesh

Chanar Payesh (Bengali style cottage cheese milk pudding )

Chanar Payesh. Milk lovingly cooked till significantly reduced. A crumble of fresh chana . An indulgent throw of nuts. Food heaven !!!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Bengali, Indian


  • 2 lit full milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup milkmaid
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder


  • Boil 1/2 litre of milk. As it comes to a boil, add the lemon juice and keep stirring till the milk curdles. Strain and wash the chana with cold water.
  • Tie the chana in a muslin cloth and hang till all the water has drained.
  • Take out the chana in a bowl and crumble it using your fingers.
  • Boil the rest of the milk in a thick bottomed pan. Add the elaichi powder and let the milk simmer on low heat till reduced to almost half.
  • Stir in the Milkmaid. Throw in the mashed chana, give it a hearty stir and let it simmer over low flame for another 10-12 minutes.
  • Take off the heat. Add the rose water and allow to cool. The Chanar payesh is ready to serve.