Friday, July 24, 2009

Ras malai with Ricotta cheese

I love sweets of any kind. I would eat them all day long. Ras malai is one of my fav. Traditional ras malai recipe involves difficult step of making Malai. I had ricotta cheese at home didn't know what to with it. I was browsing for recipes and found out interesting one... Ras malai made with ricotta cheese. I had all the ingredients, tried it immediately...

If u are wondering what is ricotta cheese..Here is brief introduction....

Ricotta (pronounced /riˈkɔtːa/ in Italian) is an Italian sheep milk or cow milk whey cheese.[1] Ricotta lit. 'recooked' uses the whey, a limpid, low-fat, nutritious liquid that is a by-product of cheese production.

Ricotta is produced from whey, the liquid separated out from the curds when cheese is made. Most of the milk protein (especially casein) is removed when cheese is made, but some protein remains in the whey, mostly albumin. This remaining protein can be harvested if the whey is first allowed to become more acidic by additional fermentation (by letting it sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature). Then the acidified whey is heated to near boiling. The combination of low pH and high temperature causes additional protein to precipitate out, forming a fine curd. Once cooled, the curd is separated by passing though a fine cloth.

After realizing that whey cannot be safely dumped in large concentrations as it creates an environmental nuisance,[1] Romano makers discovered that when the protein-rich substance is heated, whey protein particles fuse and create a curd. This curd, after drainage, is ricotta. Because ricotta is made from whey, rather than milk, it is a whey cheese, not technically a "cheese".[2]

While Italian Ricotta is typically made from the whey of sheep, cow, goat, or water buffalo milk, the American product is almost always made of cow's milk whey. While both types are low in fat and sodium, the Italian version is nutty, slightly sweet and has dry texture, while the American is blander, sweeter, moister, and therefore more neutral in cooking.[1]Ricotta is known in Portuguese cuisine as Requeijao. Indian Khoa is often confused with ricotta but the two are very different. It is lower in moisture and made from whole milk instead of whey.

Priya, Ur recipe is Tried, Tasted and Certified: Excellent!!!

I found this recipe from Priya's Kitchen. I followed the recipe step by step. Check out the recipe here!!!!!
(Ricotta cheese Malai)


I made basundi for Ras whereas priya used half and half to make ras. Checkout basundi recipe here!!!!



Verdict:

Ras malai tasted very good. My hubby loved it. It was 90% close to the taste of original ras malai.....it was easy to prepare and u can make it 30-45 mts. So go ahead and try it!!!!

18 comments:

Vani

Though not too fond of sweets, rasmalai & basundi are some of those that I really enjoy. This combi must have been fabulous!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

Looks lovely. I bake it too, but yours have come out awesome.

Ashwini

Thanks Vani and A2z vegetarian!!!

Sailaja Damodaran

hey nice one....

Pooja

Wow this is simply awesome Ashwini! The pics make me drool! Rasmalai is one of my favourites and never thought of making with ricotta cheese in a quick way!

Gita

Nice idea to use ricotta cheese in ras malai...it looks so delicious :)

Suparna

hi Ashwini,
Nice variation to make ras malai :) looks good with the rich garnish, yummm
TC

Divya Kudua

Ras malai using Ricotta cheese..sounds pretty creative.Looks yummy too..;).Sadly,we don't get Ricotta here in India.Have to make it from scratch or better still..buy from a nearby sweet shop..:)

anudivya

Yeah, these are pretty awesome. I have my rasamalai fix with ricotta atleast once a month. It is so easy to make too!

Priya Narasimhan

too good and mouth watering!!!

Ashwini

Thanks sailaja, pooja, anu divya, priya narasimhan, suparna,gita.

Divya kudua:Ur so lucky to eat fresh sweets from indian.. i envy you!!!

Aysha

Rasamalai is my favourite...loved ur recipe...mouthwatering indeed...

Shri

One of my friends got this dessert for me and it was fabulous.Loved your pics!

Parita

I have never made ras malai using ricotta, will surely try sometime soon, looks sooo good, m craving for this right now!

Valarmathi

Wow looks drool worthy. Yummyy.......

Andhra Flavors

hey its simply suparb.

Ashwini

thanks aysha, valarmathi, andhra flavours, shri, paritha

Srilakshmi

I love Ras Malai! I'm missing home so much after seeing your pic.. Great Going Gal!

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