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Dessert: Malai Chop The Bengali Sandwich.

Malai Chop or Malai Sandwich is commonly known as Malai Rasgulla in Pakistan. It is originally a popular Bengali misty or sweet made from Channa and Cottage cheese. It is mostly served on the Eid Day in Bangladesh. It looks quite similar to Macaroons in shape.

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> Cheese / Paneer
2 1/2 cup Milk (2 % reduced Fat)
1 tsp Vinegar
2 tbsp Water
> Sugar syrup
1 cup Sugar
3 cup Water
> Khoya Mixture
100 gram Khoya
2 tsp Sugar
4 tbsp whipping cream
Small pinch of saffron or artificial color
Cardamom Powder
> Garnishing
1 tbsp Pistachio slices


  1. To make Paneer, bring 2 1/2 cup milk to boil over medium heat (Avoid copper or aluminum cookware.). Keep stirring to avoid burning. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and 2 tbsp water. Add vinegar mixture slowly into boiling milk. Turn heat to medium low. Milk will start curdling immediately. Paneer granules and water will get separated completely. Line a muslin cloth over colander. Drain all the water. Wash Paneer granules with cold water. twist the cloth and squeeze out all the water.
  2. Put squeezed paneer into a Thali (bigger plate). Knead the paneer well. Make a very smooth dough without any granules and lumps. Divide this dough into 8 equal balls. Gently Press each ball a little.
  3. To make Sugar syrup, In a deep pan, add sugar and water, stir. Once mixture starts boiling add Paneer balls. Cover with lid and cook for 20 to 22 minutes (Do not cover completely, Cover only 90 % of the pan surface). After 22 minutes, turn the heat off and let the Paneer balls rest for atleast 3 hours into sugar syrup.
  4. To make Malai Mixture, Roast Khoya till color changes to light pink. Once become cold, crush the Khoya with fingers and crush all the lumps. Add whipping cream and sugar, mix well. Blend nicely to fine smooth paste. Add little edible color, mix evenly. Cover and store in the refrigerator. In ready made Malai sandwich, rose water is used in khoya mixture to make it more traditionally tastier. If you want to use rose water, skip cardamom powder, add 3 tbsp whipping cream and 1 tbsp rose water instead of 4 tbsp whipping cream.
  5. After 4 hours, remove soaked Paneer balls from sugar syrup. Do not squeeze. Cut each piece horizontally into two equal parts. spread 1 tsp khoya mixture on one part and place second part on it. squeeze lightly. Garnish with Pistachio slices.
  6. Refrigerate for an hour and then serve.

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