Introduction: Rashmalai (Dessert)

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This is a fun dessert recipe. Why? Because... it's a 3 in 1 dessert! Rashmalai is a popular sweet dish in the South Asian countries. To make Rashmalai you have to make Rashgolla, which is also a very popular sweet dish. To make Rashgolla you will need to make 'Chaana' (curdled milk), which is also served as dessert in various forms. Chaana is used to make a number of sweet dishes such as- rashgolla, rashmalai, shandesh, chomchom etc (these are popular sweet dishes in South Asian countries).

Anyways, it takes a while (10-15 hours!) to prepare this dessert and it's worth the waiting so give it a try.

Step 1: Ingredients

To make Rashamalai you will have to make curdled milk, then rashgolla and finally rashmalai. Ingredients of each recipe has been listed below.

Curdled milk:

  • Fresh milk - 1 liter,
  • White vinegar - 4 tbsp,
  • Water - 4 tbsp.


  • Sugar - 1 cup,
  • Cardamom - 2-3,
  • All purpose flour - 1 tbsp.


  • Fresh milk - 0.5 liter,
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp.

Step 2: Curdled Milk (Chaana)

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Add 1 liter milk in a pot and mix 4 tbsp of white vinegar with 4 tbsp of water in a cup.

Heat milk and bring to boil.

As soon as the milk starts to boil add the white vinegar-water mixture to the milk and take the milk off from the cooker. In just a few seconds the milk will become curdled. Wait for 5 minutes.

Use a filter spoon to filter the curdled milk from the water,

Try to filter as much water as possible.

Keep the curdled milk in a dry place for 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Making Curdled Milk Balls

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Add 1 tbsp of all purpose flour, 1 tbsp of sugar and 0.25 tsp of cardamom powder to the curdled milk (chaana).

Mix and knead them really well.

Make equally sized balls (the size of the balls depend on your choice). I made 20.

Place the curdled milk balls on a flat plate while preparing the sugar syrup.

Step 4: Making Rashgolla

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Add 2.5 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar in a sauce pan,

Heat the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved and bring to boil,

As soon as the sugar syrup starts boiling bring heat to low.

Pour the curdled milk balls into the sugar syrup one by one carefully,

Keep them on low heat for 8-10 minutes (not more than 10 minutes),

Now, take the sauce pan off from heat and cool them. Keep them in the sugar syrup for an hour.

The chaana balls are kept in the sugar syrup if you want to serve them as Rashgolla but since we're making Rashmalai we'll filter the syrup from the chaana balls and keep them in a dry place while preparing the malai.

Step 5: Making the Malai

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Add 0.5 liter fresh milk and 1 tbsp sugar in a sauce pan,

Heat milk in medium heat,

Stir frequently until the milk is really thick and creamy. This will take about 15-20 minutes.

Step 6: Making Rashmalai (Finally!)

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Cut cashew nuts and raisins into small pieces,

Add the malai into the chaana balls with a round soup spoon until all the balls are covered with malai.

Keep them in the refrigerator and take them out after an hour.

Sprinkle the cashew nut and raisin slices over the Rashmalai and serve. You'll love this dessert, it's sweet, creamy and delicious! Enjoy :)


snifikino (author)2015-01-12

Thanks for the awesome instructable. I just love Rassmalai and I never realized how simple it is to make.

I tried your recipe and it was great. Only thing was that the chaana was quite hard and not really spongy, any idea why that is? Maybe I kneaded it too much or the syrup wasn't boiling enough when it was in it ?

I'm glad you tried the recipe!

The curdled milk should be kept in a dry place for an hour or 2 and yes, the sugar syrup should be boiling before you add the chaana balls in it. Keep the chaana balls in the syrup for an hour after heating for better result. I hope it turns out fine next time, thanks!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2015-01-11

Congratulations Muhaiminah for being Finalist, I guess I missed this one. My Favorite sweet of all times :)

Thanks so much Tarun! Mine too and was surprised to find out how easily you can prepare rashmalai! :)

swati.ram.5 (author)2014-12-22

rasmalai has to be one of my many childhood favourites, many thanks for sharing your recipe ?

No problem, it's one of my favorite desserts as well, I was happy to share the recipe :)

bricabracwizard (author)2014-12-08

This is fantastic! I've always wanted to make this, it's my favourite sweet! Thanks!

Thanks! share a picture if you make it, would love to see.

ikadir (author)2014-12-07

Love it

blissful2015 (author)2014-12-04

woooo i love rashmalai, and all indian foods! thanks for sharing!! =)

No problem! I'm glad you like it :)

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jjdebenedictis (author)2014-12-02

Oh, hurrah! My husband loves Rashmalai, but it's very hard to get the authentic kind (made with chaana) where we live. He will be so happy you posted this recipe so we can make our own!

Thank you! Adding lemon juice to fresh milk while boiling also creates curdled milk (chaana), you should give it a try.

Gilly (author)2014-12-03

Sounds and looks so tempting! I may make this for my husband and have a tiny taste myself!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Gilly2014-12-03

Thanks! Rich and creamy, I hope enjoy making rashmalai and let me know how they turn out :)

LynnBellair (author)2014-12-02

This is so interesting and sounds so delicious. I will definitely try it!

Thanks! It tastes delicious as well!

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