Rasmalai is nothing, but, rasgullas soaked in reduced, mildly sweetend saffron milk.So, obviously, you must have guessed that my second post will, defintely, be rasmalai. And, yes, you're absolutely right.
It's not that I had rasgullas left over from what I had made earlier. But, not wanting to prepare the same thing a second time, I had to hide a few, secretly away, from the mithai-searching eyes of my sweet-toothed husband. With the rasgullas, safe and sound in tupperware, in the vegetable draw of my refrigerator,( which I have found he never looks into), I slept peacefully. Next day, work's made easy. I had to make only the ras and pop-in the malai(rasgullas)....Guess what? I got the biggest compliment from hubby dear. He said it tasted as good as the authentic mithai-shop rasmalai. Having heard it from his mouth( since he is hard to please) I am on cloud nine.
Here is a chance for all of you to flaunt to your friends and family too. Work your magic. Here we go....
For ras:(the sweet milk)
- Whole milk - 4 cups
- Saffron- few strands
- Cardamom powder - 1/4 tspn
- Almonds and pistachios (chopped)- 2 tbspns
- Sugar - to taste
- Rasgullas - 12-14 (click here for rasgulla recipe)
- In a non-stick pan, heat milk and make sure that it's done on a low flame to prevent it from boiling over.
- Add saffron to the milk.
- Stir regularly, to prevent milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
- Simmer milk, till the 4 cups reduce to 2 cups.(you will notice a lot of milk cream has accumulated in the saffron milk. This adds a good texture to the ras)
- When that happens add sugar, as per taste, to the milk ( I usually add 5-6 tablespoons). Stir and let the sugar dissolve.Add cardamon powder.
- Now take the rasgullas and gently squeeze out some of the water(sugar syrup) in it.(don't squeeze it out till it is dry. squeeze out approximately 2/3 of the liquid in it.It should have a little syrup in it)
- Add these rasgullas to the sweetened saffron milk.Let it soak on a low flame for 2-3 mins.
- Turn off flame.
- Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
- Now, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped nuts (I had only almonds in my pantry).
Luv 'n' luc'