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Pantua By Chef Pankaj Bhadouria

Pantua

Pantua is a traditional sweet dish from West Bengal. Chef Pankaj Bhadouria shares the recipe of this chenna-based sweet.
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Serves

3

Cooking Time

10-20 Min

Meal Type

sweet

Preparation Time

10-15 Min

Difficulty

MEDIUM

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INGREDIENTS

  • For Pantua

    • ½ ltr cow milk

    • 2 tbsp lemon juice

    • 2 tbsp water

    • muslin cloth

    • water as required

    • 2 cups sugar

    • 2 cups water

    • oil for frying

    • 1/4 cup khoya

    • 2 tbsp semolina

    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

    • pinch of cardamom powder

    • pistachios for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. 1

    Warm milk in a pot. Mix the juice of a lemon with an equal quantity of water and add it to the milk.
  2. 2

    Once the milk splits, strain the chenna with the help of a muslin cloth.
  3. 3

    Knead the chenna till it gets a creamy texture.
  4. 4

    Boil 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water in a pan to make a 1 string chashni.
  5. 5

    In a bowl, mix chenna, khoya, semolina, all-purpose flour, cardamom powder to make a soft dough Rest the dough for 10 mins.
  6. 6

    Divide the dough into small balls and deep fry them in hot oil.
  7. 7

    Soak the fried balls into the sugar syrup.
  8. 8

    Serve in a bowl and garnish with chopped pistachios.

Pantua is similar to Gulab Jamun, but while traditional Gulab Jamun is made with khoya, Pantua is made with fresh paneer (cottage cheese) or chenna.

Here Chef Pankaj makes Pantua with freshly-made cottage cheese, semolina, khoya, and ghee. Balls made from this dough are deep-fried till golden brown and then dumped in cardamom and saffron infused sugar syrup.

The soft and luscious Pantua melts in your mouth.

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