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Chooshi Pither Payesh (Traditional Bengali Dessert)

Chooshi Pither Payesh (Traditional Bengali Dessert)

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 25

Cook Time : 20

Total Time : 45

Ingredients

Serves 5

  • rice flour 1/2 cups

  • salt 1 pinch

  • ghee 1 tbsp

  • bay leaves 2-3 nos

  • full cream milk 3 1/2 cups

  • evaporated milk 1 cups

  • sugar 5-6 tbsp

  • fresh grated coconut 2 tbsp

  • pistachios, chopped 2 tbsp

  • cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

  • rose water 1 tsp

Directions

  • 01

    To make the Chooshi - In a bowl add the rice flour and pinch of salt. knead into a dough by adding lukewarm water, little at a time. Cover and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

  • 02

    Divide the dough into several small portions. Take each portion and roll lengthwise on a flour dusted surface.

  • 03

    Divide it further into very small portions. Pick each portion and roll it lengthwise again. Take a small piece of the dough and roll out into chooshi shapes, around 2-3 cm. long (as shown in the picture below) in between your palms.

  • 04

    Keep dusting with rice flour so that it does not stick to your hands. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside.

  • 05

    To make the payesh (Kheer) - Heat ghee in a pan and saute the prepared chooshi for a minute. Keep aside.

  • 06

    Bring the full fat milk and the bay leaves to a boil in the same pan. Simmer on a low flame for 10-15 minutes by continuously stirring.

  • 07

    Now add the evaporated milk and sugar. Simmer further for 5-10 minutes till the sugar is dissolved.

  • 08

    Now add the fried chooshi, chopped pistachios and coconut. Mix everything well and simmer on a low flame for 10-12 minutes by stirring continuously.

  • 09

    When done, add the cardamom powder and give it a stir. Take off the flame and allow it to cool down a little. Add the rose water and serve them chilled.

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