For those of you who are not familiar with this term, let me tell you a little about it. This is a traditional Indian dessert which is predominantly available in the northern part of India. It is light, somewhat fluffy and not oily, which mind you is rarely the case with most of the other Indian mithais (sweets).
I must confess that I am not really a ‘desserts’ person, although I do enjoy me some ice cream every now and then! Since I love baking, I do enjoy making cakes for my family though once in a while. BUT in validation with Murphy’s laws, I married a guy who LOVES desserts and can eat anything and everything sweet with a big grin on his face. He has a massive sweet tooth! The good thing about that is that even if I screw up making a cake or any other sweet delicacy, as long as it is palatable and still sweet, he would eat it happily..! Luckily for me, that keeps me motivated because I know even if it doesn’t turn out as planned, he would still enjoy it.
So, as I mentioned in my first post, I have been in the U.S. since the last few months only and I am still exploring the produce and trying to figure out newer methods of cooking as well as newer dishes using ingredients that I haven’t used before. I had my eye on ricotta cheese since a couple of days and bought a small jar about 20 days back. Alongside, I was frantically exploring ways to incorporate it in some way. Days passed and I still did not know what to do with it. One day, I opened the jar of cheese and tasted some. It reminded me of chhaina – all the Indians may be aware of what that is, for all the non-Indians, it is basically another form of almost crumbly soft mithai which is made of dairy products.
Every time I opened the fridge, the ricotta stared right at me. But I still had no idea what to do with it. Eventually, I went to the supermarket, got a jar of condensed milk and decided to combine it with the cheese and see how it turns out.
Trust me when I say it – this is practically and easily the easiest and most delicious Indian dessert you could make in the kitchen! It uses just two ingredients and is done without any hard work!
This recipe is inspired by a friend’s recipe.
Enough said, let us take a look at the ingredients and the recipe,
Ricotta cheese – 15 oz. or 425 g jar
Sweet condensed milk – 14 oz. or 396 g jar (That’s it!)
- Combine the ricotta and the condensed milk in a pan. Stir them well so that everything is mixed properly.
- Now put the pan on medium flame and let the mixture bubble. Keep stirring.
- Once it comes to a boil, reduce the flame a little and continue stirring. Initially, the mixture would be a little runny and would bubble a lot. Be careful of the splitter splatter! The liquid may try to jump out the pan. Keep cooking at low flame till the consistency thickens.
- After about 30 minutes, the mixture would have reduced in amount considerably. It would look something like this after this step.
- Increase the flame and let the mixture brown a little (especially towards the bottom of the pan). Once it is a little brown, take it off the flame and spread on a flat surface. Be careful, the mixture would be very hot.
- Put this in the refrigerator and let it cool. Once cooled, cut it into cubes and enjoy..!!
P.S. This tastes delicious even after the first, the third and the fourth step! Take your pick. But if you want to enjoy a milk cake, go till the last step.
If you do try this, let me know of your experiences and suggestions if any. Enjoy!