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Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to Make Saffron Sandesh | Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

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 Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe

SAFFRON SANDESH is a popular Bengali sweet dish that is made up with fresh chenna or paneer and sugar which is flavored with saffron. It's very easy recipe to make at home with simple steps. This soft fudge is melt in your mouth yummy!

This sweet dish is prepared on special occasions, festivals, durga pooja and the Bengali weddings. A divine tasting sweet made with just few ingredients and easy to prepare too. You don't need to wait for long hours to prepare it.


Sandesh is just a soft fudge made with Indian cottage cheese or paneer. It can be flavored with Kesar Sandesh, Nolen Gurer Sandesh, Chocolate Sandesh, Rose Sandesh, and many more that you can choose from your favorite ingredient or make it simple without any essence. It is pronounced like "SONDESH

Sandesh Bengali Sweet

Checkout the video recipe

First is to make chenna from milk, chenna is mixed with other ingredients and cooked on low heat, flavored with kesar which is option you make it simple. 

If you are using market paneer for making sandesh, churn everything on grinder. I used homemade chenna with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes.

Then rolled and flattened it and serve with your favorite dry fruits or rose petals or any flowers for decorations on top, it looks more appealing. See below

Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe


Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

Milk – Always go for whole milk or full-fat milk to prepare this delectable Sandesh Sweet recipe, for the best results and authentic taste.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is added in the milk, which curdles it to make chenna. You can even use vinegar instead of lemon juice.

Sugar – Add in some powdered sugar, so that it gets mixed with the chenna properly, giving it a smooth and soft texture.

Milk Powder – Milk Powders adds to the taste furthermore and also helps in the texture of this Mithai.

Cardamom Powder(totally optional) – Flavor it up with some cardamom powder, its totally optional, I didn't used it you can used it, quantity is mentioned in ingredients list

Saffron – Saffron is mixed with milk and then added in the chenna mixture, which gives it a nice subtle yellow color.

Dry Fruits – At the end, make it look more appealing by garnishing it with some almonds or pistachios and flower petals fruits on the top.

How to make Kesar Sandesh

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes 

Servings: 5 people

Author: Jolly Makkar

Ingredients :

Full cream milk - 1 litre

Lemon juice - 2 tbsp 

Powdered sugar - 4 tbsp 

Milk powder - 1 tbsp 

Cardamom powder(optional)- 1 tsp (I didn't used it)

Pinch of Saffron (soaked in 2 teaspoon milk for a few hours.)

Dry fruits for garnishing

flower petals for garnishing

Preparation Method :

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan. When the milk comes to a boil, add lemon juice.

boil milk and lemon juice

2. Let the curdled milk rest for 5 minutes.
curdled milk

3. Line a big bowl with muslin cloth and pour the curdled milk in the cloth, wash the curdle milk 3 to 4 time with drinking water and let the whey drain.
wash chenna

4. Add 4 tablespoon of sugar on mixer, make a powder sugar and soaked the saffron in 2 teaspoon milk for an hour.

5. In a big steel plate, add chenna first mash with your fingers. Then add powdered sugar, milk powder, saffron soaked in milk. 

Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

6. Mash with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes. Important step don't skip this!!

mash with the heel of your hands

7. Take a non stick pan and cook the chenna for a 3 minutes or not more than 4 minutes, otherwise it become hard, we need to cook till remove all the excess moisture.

cook chenna

8. Remove it from pan and Let it cool for a few minutes.

Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

9. Take small amount of chenna in your palms, shaped like a rounds and flatten them a little bit

10. Make small rounds and flatten them a little bit. Make all the Sandesh in the same way.

shape your sandesh

11. Garnish with slivered dry fruits and serve.

Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

Check out the video of how to make chenna at home with all tips and tricksYou can try more easy and simple sweet recipes from my blog like mughlai style kesar phirni dry sweet vermicellioats sesame fudgekesar rasgullavermicelli pudding

Important Notes

  1. Once you mix all the ingredients in the Chenna, mash it properly using your hands for 3 to 5 minutes for the best results. Do not miss on this step, this is very important.
  2. Chenna should have a little moisture in the same, before cooking. 
  3. Do not over cook chenna for more time, it will become crumbly and grainy.
  4. Use a muslin cloth or clean cotton cloth to make Chenna.
Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

This recipe is a part of A to Z recipe challenge, we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month it was alphabet time "R" so I choose my key ingredients SAFFRON and make this easy and simple KESAR SANDESH SWEET
Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh |  Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

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