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Chum Chum

vanamala Hebbar
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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This is traditional Bengali sweet. It comes in a variety of colors and garnishes. It is my all time favorite sweet.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • West Bengal
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Milk - 1 lts
  2. lemon / Lime juice - 4 tbsp
  3. Yellow food color - 2 drops
  4. Maida flour - a pinch
  5. Corn flour or rice flour - a pinch
  6. Dry cherries - 10 no , cut into half
  7. Kova(khoya) - 4 tbsp
  8. Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp + sugar - 1 tsp
  9. sugar - 3 cups
  10. water - 1 cup


  1. Boil the milk into the saucepan. Switch off the flame then after few mins add lemon juice stir once. Wait for 10 mins. The milk should be curdle. If it not completely separate wait for another 5 mins
  2. After 10-15 mins take a colander on top of spread muslin cloth or cheese cloth or anyother cloth for straining Pour the curdle milk into the strainer carefully then gather all sides of cloth squeeze gently to remove excess water/whey
  3. Tightly tie the cloth and put it on the counter table place some heavy weight thing. ( I have used Cast iron pot) press for 15 mins
  4. Meanwhile take a pressure cooker or heavy bottom pan (i used pressure cooker for quicker version) add sugar and water mix together and make sugar syrup over a low flame.
  5. After it is set crumble paneer and sieve well till soft using palm for about 5 mins.
  6. Then add color, sprinkle maida flour, cornflour or rice flour (I used cornflour) mix together.
  7. Make a small oval shape and place it in the sugar syrup close the cooker lid and put weight wait for one whistle and turn on a very low flame.
  8. If you are using a pan place all the paneer into sugar syrup close the lid and cook for 15-20 mins. Take out the cooker lid and let them little cool.
  9. In a bowl grate kova add cardamom powder and sugar and mix together fry till melt in a small pan or use microwave for faster results.
  10. Take each chum chum cut in the middle place the spoon full of kova mixture and top with a cherry. Repeat the same process and serve.

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Anuradha Sharma
Anuradha Sharma   Oct-24-2016

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