The sweet contentment I derive after savouring rasgullas, which are soft cheese balls dunked in a light sugar syrup, if you are unfamiliar with this Bengali sweet meat, is unparalleled and cannot be replicated by any other food for me. Without a doubt rasgullas happen to be one of my top favourite sweets and if anyone were to make me happy this would be it!
My tryst with Rasgullas began by eating these succulent sweets sold in mud pots in K.C Das, Bangalore. Originating in Bengal, these sweetmeats are now sold all over the country. The finest rasgullas I have eaten are from the temples in Vrindavan. There are a few shops selling good rasgullas where I live, but the best rasgullas in Mumbai are the ones that are offered to the deities in the Radha Rasbihari temple in Juhu, Mumbai. These are not for sale and if you are fortunate enough to taste them, then you would know what I'm talking about.
Making rasgullas at home was never on my bucket list! I never imagined that making soft, spongy, juicy rasgullas was an easy peasy affair. My romance with rasgullas took a passionate turn when I happened to make them with stunning results.
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The step by step pictures for making rasgullas given below are taken with the Zenpad 8.
My recipe does not involve any binding agent and makes use of few ingredients, infact just three ingredients- milk, lime and sugar. The result is fresh and luscious rasgulla with a natural taste. Using great quality milk is key to getting top quality rasgulla. And all you need is a pressure cooker and other simple kitchen utensils.
Ever since I posted a picture of these rasgullas on twitter, instagram and divinetaste facebook page, there were several requests for the recipe. So, here I am sharing my secret and penning down my rasgulla recipe for you. Making, sharing and eating these rasgullas is a joyous experience for me. I hope you will share the joy too.
2 Litres (8 cups) full fat milk (preferably raw cow milk)
3 tbsp lime juice + 3 tbsp water
330 to 440 gm (1 ½ to 2 cups) sugar (use more sugar if you prefer sweeter rasgullas)
1 liter (4 cups) water
In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the milk and bring it to a rolling boil. Keep stirring in between to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan and getting burnt.
After the milk comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Mix the lime juice and the water together and pour it into the hot milk. Within seconds, the milk solids will start separating from the whey.
Pour the coagulated milk into a strainer lined with cheesecloth with a bowl underneath to collect the whey. You can use the whey to make Indian breads or in soups and stews as it is very nutritious.
Pour water over the paneer (known as chena) to remove the acidity of the lime. Once the chena is washed, gather the corners of the cheesecloth and squeeze well to remove excess whey.
Once the whey is drained, transfer the contents of the cheesecloth onto a flat surface and knead into a smooth dough. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes.
After the dough is smooth and fine, and without any grains, it is time to make little balls from the dough.
Take a small portion of the dough and roll into a smooth ball, using your palms. Make sure there are no cracks on the surface of the ball.
After you are done rolling the balls, put in the sugar and water in a pressure cooker, stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar syrup starts to boil, put in the prepared balls made from the chena and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
After the first whistle, turn down the heat and cook for exactly 8 minutes. After eight minutes, turn off the heat and transfer the pressure cooker onto the kitchen platform. After about 3 to 4 minutes, place the pressure cooker under a tap and allow all the steam to escape.
Slowly take off the lid and transfer the rasgullas into a bowl and pour the syrup over them. You can serve them warm or chilled in the refrigerator.
Makes 20-22 rasgullas
My Top Tips For Making Rasgullas
Use the best quality full cream milk. (unprocessed is best!)
Make sure you wash the coagulated milk solids (chena) well to remove the acidity from the chena.
All the excess whey/water needs to be squeezed out from the cheesecloth.
The dough balls need to be smooth and fine. If there are cracks, then the rasgullas will break while being cooked.
Cook the rasgullas in the pressure cooker for exactly 8 minutes. Time is crucial, so use a timer.
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19 thoughts on “Homemade Rasgulla”
Oh my god !
This happens to be my and my fiance's favourite indian sweet. And I still dread and havent ever tried because it's one of those daunting ideas of cooking !!
your step by step procedure and Imp tips is definitely going to help me in overcoming my fear of making a perfect rossogulla!
Thank you again
Have a great year ahead !!
Hi, what is the method to use if you don't have a pressure cooker please?
Thank you so much for posting the recipe with pictures of each step. I'm going to try making rasagullas again strictly according to this recipe. Rasagullas turned out to be very hard the first time I tried it. Do you know what could have gone wrong?
I might visit Juhu in the coming few weeks. let me see if I am able to reach the temple and devour those rasgullas. i am in love this post 🙂 Happy New year 🙂
coralcrue- The special ones are sold inside the temple hall only during certain times. The regular ones are available for sale outside.
Roughly how many Rasgullas will this recipe yield??
About 20 to 22. Will update recipe. Thanks.
hi Anushruti. My most sweet in the three world is rasagulla with its sqeaking musical sound when bitten into. Thank you for your hard work to give us such exquisite recipe. if possible kindly do post a good jalebi recipe. thank you.
Rameshwari- Thank you. For the jalebi recipe, stay tuned!
Hello Anushruti. Thank you for your kind reply. Indeed I've been a silent visitor of your blog since four years. I was still single, got married, had a baby boy like you now already two year old… smile_ went through great motherwood and wifehood phase and here I am still breathing and joyful to write to you and get your reply. I admire your sweet dedication towards cooking and being a mother and wife and a devotee of Lord Krsna. I saw Srils Prabhupada photo in your kitchen. So I knew. I am from Mauritius by the way. These four are my passion too. So I felt a connection to you. I wish to share my tiny recipes secret to you. Hare Krsna. Love you….
Thank you Anushruti for posting the rasgulla recipe!
I have one request. Can you please post direction for making rasgullas in the container instead of pressure cooker?
There are many variations in the recipes found online, so I am requesting you to give your professional advice. Please include the depth of sugar syrup required and the dimensions of pot needed to make the perfect rasgullas.
Also one more question. I see in your pressure cooker recipe after 3-4 minutes you are removing the steam and opening it. In my personal experience I found the rasgullas absorbed more syrup if they remained in the cooker until it cooled down completely. What is better – taking them out earlier or keeping them in there for a longer period.
Thank you in advance!
Rameshwari- Thank you for your sweet words. 🙂 Would love to know your secrets.
Anjali- Please follow this tried and tested recipe. I havent tried making this in an open container. If I do, I will let you know.
Hi Anushruti. Indeed at our Iskcon temple Mauritius, the deity cooks add few drops of pure rose water to the cooled syrup. To be honest, the result is sweetly sweet and ambrosial. Also I have a few recipes which I could share with such a kind self like you. But the comment box is too tight for the scope of writing a recipe. Maybe you can direct me how to do it, most probably through email service. Thank you.
Thanks for amazing article on Rasgulla I heard and saw many rasgulla recipe but never saw like this its kind new thing for me HAHHA
I will be trying this in upcoming weekend because I have invited some guests in my
home so it will be better to serve them this amazing recipe
but can you please clear my one question that is it possible to use
persian saffron in it ? or not ? IF yes ! then how much , Yesterday I bought it in good saffron price then market
please reply I will be waiting
Thanks so much for ur recipe. When u say to cook for exactly 8 mins , does it include the time to get 1 whistle or we have to count 8 minutes after the 1 whistle
8 minutes after the first whistle as mentioned in the recipe.
Thank you for such a foolproof recipe! I followed your recipe faithfully and indeed the result was divine! Many many thanks.
Glad you enjoyed it Prerna!