Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cham-Chams


Cham-Cham is a delicious Bengali sweet. I never knew of these untill recently. When RCI-Bengal was announced i decided to make these.

Ingredients:

Half Gallon Milk
3 tbsp lemon juice
Pinch of food colour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
4 cups of water
1 tsp of rose water
Whipped Cream and dried nuts for garninshing (optional)

Method:
  • Bring milk to boil over medium heat. Stir often to prevent burning. When milk starts to boil add the lemon juice and mix well. Now the milk will start to curdle and the curd will seperate from the milk. At this point, turn off the heat and allow the milk to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Strain it in a cheesecloth and wash it under running water to remove all the lemon juice. Hang the cheese cloth in the sink or place it in the colander for one hour so that all the water drains off.
  • When all the water is drained off place the paneer in a bowl, add the food colour and knead it untill the paneer becomes very smooth. The paneer should be very smooth for making cham-chams. (If the paneer is very dry you can add few drops of water and if there is more water you can add little bit of all purpose flour. I added pink food colour to half of the mixture.)
  • Divide the dough into small equal sized balls and roll them between your palms such that there are no cracks on them. Now roll the balls into an oval and flatten them a bit.
  • Mix the water and sugar in a pan on medium heat and bring the mixture to boil. The pan should be large enough to hold all the cham-chams as they will almost double in size.
  • When the sugar syrup boils add all the paneer rolls to the syrup and cover the pan. Cook for 10 minutes on medium to high heat. Now turn off the heat and wait for 5 minutes before opening the lid. Allow the cham-chams to cool in the pan. The cham-chams will be very delicate now.
  • When cooled, add the rose water and refrigerate it atleast for 6-8 hours. It tastes better if you refrigerate it for a day.
  • When they are chilled fully, remove them from the sugar syrup. You can garnish these with whipped cream ,dried nuts or cherries. I garnished mine with a few almond slices.


I am sending these to RCI-Bengal hosted by Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook. I am also sending the above picture ( 2nd one) to Click-Metal hosted by Jai & Bee of Jugalbandi.

31 comments:

Pooja said...

Nice entry for both events :). color is so nice , ohh.... Pink :P , I can't ignore it.
how about sending some cham cham to our Blogger Cham :)). Btw, I love only bengali sweets , no other than that , and this one is one of them:) . Thanks for the recipe.

Kalai said...

The color is so awesome!! My husband's fav sweets are Bengali sweets! :)

Namratha said...

The cham chams look great Sandhya, love the colour. I made a different version of these for RCI :) The first pic is fabulous!!

Cham said...

Hum :) U would gladly accept those Cham Cham Sandya .... They are ahhhhsome :)
Thank u Pooja to reminder her...

Uma said...

They looks simply superb, Sandhya! Awesome pictures.

LG said...

Cham-Cham looks so yumm, you got me for its color!! A very apt entry Sandhya.

TBC said...

Oh my! How very pretty!

Laavanya said...

How pretty Sandhya.. very nicely done! :)

Lavi said...

Sooo Perfect Cham Cham's here..Colourrd one's are really eye-catching one's. Nice entry for the both events.

Divya Vikram said...

I love the pink colour of the sweet..They are very appealing Sandhya

sowmya said...

they look so pretty...the pink ones wow...nice`entry

easycrafts said...

Sandhya, when are u sending these yummies to my place...i particularly loved the rose color..great job

smn said...

loved the pink one.. just had it yesterday. nice entry for both the events.

shriya said...

Very lovely and inviting sweet. can I grab one from the plate. Love the plate actually. Nice entry.

Dee said...

the pic is beautiful!! Great recipe!! two birds in one shot?? Smart girl!!

Cakespy said...

Ooh, i have never seen these before--but I like what I see!

Annu said...

Thats really colorful sandhya.....Mouthwatering dear :-)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

These look really pretty Sandhya...love the colours too. Lovely photography angle! These are perfect!! BTW, the Daisy cake is beautiful too!!

Madhavi said...

Cham Cham looks great sandhya :))

Krupa said...

thats looks yummy. Thats my favourite sweet. Shall try it out and shall let you know

Sagari said...

those look soooooo cute and beautifullll sandhya

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi sandhya
loved your cham-chams..nice colour and quite a feast to both the eyes and the mouth !

Pavithra said...

Oh my oh my! You dont cease to amaze me.... Even though I'm not a big fan of Bengali sweets, they still look delectable to me.

sra said...

Hi Sandhya, your cham-chams are cute. Thanks for visiting my blog, glad to have discovered yours.

Anitha said...

Hmm...Looks soooo yummy :-).

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay this had turned out so good... Prefect.... YUM!....That pink colour looks so cute....

Niffy said...

Looks absolutely yummy Sandhya!! Fabulous!!

ANJALI J. said...

Hey! lovely color.. cham cham is 1 of my fav.

Meera said...

All Bengali sweets are my favorites. Your chamcham looks so professional. Great job!!

Anonymous said...

Both the sweet and the presentation deserves a total WOW. Am so sorry that I wasn't able to visit all the entries earlier

sandeepa (Bong Mom's CookBook)

gayatrivantillu said...

Hello Sandhya garu

Chum Chums look great and especially the pink colored ones are too tempting. Nice dish. Pictures are attractive and explanation is in detail. Nice work.