Sunday, 16 June 2013

RasGulla - RoshoGolla ~ Indian Cottage Cheese Balls in Sugar Syrup ! Father's Day Treat !

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad. - Anne Geddes

Happy Father's Day wishes to my dad, my husband and every dad in the world!!

Celebrating father's day today and without any food treats there is no celebrations in our family, and certainly Mithai ( desserts ) is important in every celebration! I come from a family where sweets have to be served first at any mealtime and believe it or not I've heard from my MUM that even women of the family could eat 7-8 ladoos before main course :) !! Don't think about men then :D 

Though I have settled here in the UK for more than 22 years, I am not too keen on western desserts. I am always fond of and my eyes always light up for authentic, rich and sinful Indian desserts like Shreekhand, Gulabjamun , Gajar Halwa, Peda , or simple Kheer (rice pudding ) and list can go on and on ...I better stop :D

If you are an Indian, RasGulla needs no instroduction. ( soft, spongy balls of Indian Cottage Cheese ( paneer ) soaked in chilled sugar syrup , no doubt a favourite amongst all of us. They melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. The Bengalis ( from eastern India ) sure know their sweet making !

Rasgulla ( Ras translate as Syrup and Gulla as round cheese balls ) are considered as a traditional Bengali sweet, however many argue that this dish is originally from Orissa not west Bengal. In earlier days, Oriya cooks were hired by Bengalis in Calcutta and that's how it became popular in Bengal. It is one of the most popular Indian sweets all year round in India and abroad. The Bengali call them Roshogolla and are sold in clay pots in Calcutta, and highly appreciated in summer where they are served chilled. 

Process of making rasgulla at home is not very difficult once you get hang of it, took me some time but with little patience and determination end result was good, and now most of the time we do get soft, spongy and yummy rasgulla to relish :))

You will need:-

  • 2 cup home made Paneer 
  • 4 cup water
  • 3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of Saffron

First make sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a deep and wider pan, prefer flat bottom. 
Bring it to boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes and switch off the heat.
Now knead the paneer until smooth and very creamy. I use my food processor to smooth out the paneer, you can knead the paneer with hand too.
In half paneer dough, I added saffron threads . 
Once done, divide paneer dough into small portions and roll them into balls without any cracks on the surface. It has to be very smooth.
Cover them with kitchen paper or clean cloth, so they don't get dry out.
Cheese balls will get double in size once they are cooked in sugar syrup.
Now heat sugar syrup on medium heat and very gently and carefully drop only few cheese balls into syrup. If you have too many, better cook them in batches .
Cover the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes, Rasgulla will be double in size.
Test Rasgulla by doing this...take out one ball, drop it in a bowl cold water if floats it needs further cooking. 
Once each batch is done, remove rasgulla with little sugar syrup. 
After couple of batches, sugar syrup does get thicker, just add little boiled water to bring it back to the original consistency.
When they all done, put all the rasgulla in the syrup, add saffron threads (optional ) and turn off the heat.
Leave it to cool at room temperature.
If you wish you can chill them in the fridge.
Enjoy and enjoy the day !
Note:- Making Rasgulla is trickey, however it is an art and it comes with practise.
Just in case any rasgulla left, you might want to make RasMalai with them. Recipe is here

Linking this to Know Your Dairy - Paneer series started by JCookingOdyssey, guest host by Amrita
Celebrate - Love you Dad , series started by JCookingOdyssey, guest host by Nabanita.
Made with Love Mondays by Javelin Warriors.

 Happy Cooking :)


  1. Rasulllas or Roshogullas lotok so snfully tempting and delicious. Excellent preparation.

  2. Jagruti, these are beautiful! I've never tried these, but I've always thought these paneer balls sounded so delicious when soaked in saffron and syrup. What a tasty and beautiful treat for Father's Day!

  3. Plumpy Roshgolla's, looks totally sinful!!! loving that terracotta fruit basket!!! :)

  4. Wow!! what wonderful pics! Gorgeous. :)

  5. wow! Roshogullas looks so yummy and tempting me too much

  6. My favourite sweet..looks soft and spongy...

  7. Just too good, loved the texture, amazing click.

  8. Wow...this looks so perfect and soft...

  9. looks perfect... clicks are too lovely.. million likes from my side jagruti..I wish to have one...
    They look so beautiful...

  10. hi may i get the contact for the clay pot vendor whose handi(s) look really good.

    1. I did buy those clay pot from Jaipur, India. Do not have their contact details though. Sorry !


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