Ras Malai is an Indian dessert made with malai ( cream ). They are soft balls of cream cooked in milk. An easier version of the same is made with milk powder and eggs. Although there are lots of recipes out there with slight differences in the ingredients, the main elements remain the same. This recipe makes soft and chewy ras malai that will get over in minutes. They are delicious and will make you want more of it.
Full cream milk- 1 liter
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp
Butter or ghee- 2 tbsp
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Full cream milk powder- 1 cup
Whole eggs- 1 lightly beaten
Whole green cardamom- 3
Boil the milk and sugar in a pan over medium heat. Wait for the milk to thicken, scraping the sides on the pan in between.
By the time the milk gets ready, mix together the milk powder, baking powder, cardamom powder and ghee.
Add the beaten egg little by little till the mixture comes together. Knead for a little while till u get a smooth texture. Over kneading will cause the dough to break. So be careful while you knead.
Make 15 small flattened round balls.
Transfer these balls to simmering milk along with whole cardamom. You can add saffron at this stage to the milk. This will give a nice color to the ras malais.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes till the balls get puffed up. Now flip the balls and cover and cook the other side for 5 minutes. This step ensures that both the sides are well cooked.
Refrigerate for about 4 hours. Garnish with almonds and pistachios and serve chilled.
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