Chanar Payesh is a very famous traditional bengali sweet. Chana means paneer or cottage cheese and payesh is a bengali word,it means kheer or milk pudding . It is a kheer or milk pudding made with milk and chena or paneer or cottage cheese ball. You can make it with store bought paneer or cottage cheese but this recipe comes out best with freshly made homemade cottage cheese which is easy to knead.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHENA OR PANEER BALL
Lemon Juice or Vinegar -2teaspoon
Granuled Sugar -2tbsp
INGREDIENTS FOR KHEER OR PAYESH
HOW TO MAKE CHENA OR PANEER OR COTTAGE CHEESE BALL
Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add milk
bring it to boil and keep stirring to avoid burning of milk..
Once the milk comes to boil, simmer the gas, start adding the lemon juice and keep stirring( if required,add more lemon juice) cook for few seconds until the milk solids gets separates from the whey. Switch off the heat.
Pour this curdled milk to the already lined muslin cloth over a strainer,squeeze out all the whey water then rinse it as much as possible....if you do not rinse the chena or paneer proper. .you will get the smell of lemon while having it.
Now hang the cloth covered chena or paneer tap for 30 minutes. Then remove it from tap and place a heavy weight on chena for another 30 minutes. It will help to squeeze more water from chena or paneer .
After 1 hr, remove the cheesecloth from the chenna or paneer.
The chena or paneer should have too much moisture nor be too dry.
Take the paneer in a wider plate,rub it well with your palms for 5 to 6 minutes to get smooth texture.
Now divide the paneer into two equal portions.
Take one part..mix granulated sugar with it..make small small balls from this portion of paneer.
Keep aside the remaining portion of paneer .
HOW TO MAKE PANEER KHEER OR CHANAR PAYESH
Take a heavy bottomed vessel,preferably non stick,add milk for kheer or payesh.
Bring it to boil ..when milk will start boiling, simmer the gas, add paneer balls or chena balls little by little.
Let it simmer till reduced to half the original quantity..stirring in between.
Add sugar, stir and simmer till it dissolves. Add mashed paneer or chena to the milk. Simmer for two minutes.
Take off the heat...Let it be cool..and serve.