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Sandesh: A Light & Lovely Indian Dessert

Sandesh: A Light & Lovely Indian Dessert


It’s called ‘sandesh’. The meaning of the word in Hindi is ‘message,’ and frankly, I don’t know why this sweet delight should be called that. I’ll have to ask one of my friends from West Bengal, where it originated.

The important thing to know about Sandesh is that it is super-easy to make, with a delicate, lightly sweet taste. You can safely enjoy Sandesh even if you’re lactose intolerant! I’ve been tucking into Sandesh because it is Diwali season, and at less than 60 calories apiece, it packs quite a sweet punch!


1 Gallon of Milk
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
Sugar or Honey to taste (around 3/4 cup)
1 Cardamom pod
Handful of Pistachios

1. Bring milk to a boil.

2. As soon as the milk rises to the top of the pan, squeeze lemon juice into it and put your stove on simmer.

3. The milk will soon curdle. You can also use buttermilk to curdle the milk.

4. Strain the liquid. You will get a soft lumpy mass in your strainer.

5. Squeeze this mass to wring out the liquid. Knead it with the heel of your hand, adding a little powdered sugar or honey to sweeten it. How much sugar or honey will depend on how sweet you want your sandesh to be.

6. Knead until you have a smooth, soft ball that looks like the one in the picture.

7. Crush the seeds of cardamom pod.

8. Shell a few pistachios, and chop them up into small bits.

9. Dip your sandesh in the cardamom seeds and pistachio bits—they will easily stick to the moist ball. Press them in lightly to make them stay there.


Tip: you can decorate your sandesh with a couple of saffron strands soaked in a little milk. Gives it a lovely orange glow, very pretty against the pristine white!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:38PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

sounds weird to me...

10:47AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I want some!

7:32AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

I'm allergic to pistachios.

10:06PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Looks yummy!!

10:15PM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Different. Maybe I'll try it.

8:43AM PST on Nov 11, 2011


5:59PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Will give it a try,sounds quite simple.

8:14AM PST on Nov 6, 2011


7:33PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


4:23AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


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