Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recipe - Lachcha shemai

Have you ever heard of lachcha shemai . It is a very traditional and tasty dessert from South Asia, specially Bangladesh. The wonderful thing about this dessert is that it is kind of like those instant food. So it is very easy to make. You have to pour hot, sweetened milk and raisins, nuts etc and lachcha shemai will be ready. I am going to give a detailed recipe here. Try it.

Ingredients:-
1 packet lachcha shemai, [ghee (south asian clarified butter) e vaja/ toasted in ghee will taste better]
1.5 liter milk,
2 table spoon condensed milk,
sugar according to your taste,
2/3 cardamom,
1 1" piece cinnamon,
1 bay leaf,

For garnish
Raisins (according to your choice, but not too many)
Nuts for garnish .(according to your choice)
Cherry (according to taste, cut in 1/4 pieces)




Recipe:-

First heat the milk in a pot to thicken it. Use medium heat. Stir it constantly . Do this till the milk becomes close to 1 liter. Mix in the condensed milk, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf. Stir till the sugar dissolves.
In a separate pot/ bowl place the shemai from the packet. First place a portion of the shemai in the pot/bowl and sprinkle some raisin and nut on it cover it with another portion of the shemai and sprinkle rest of the raisins, nuts and cherries. Pour the hot milk from the other pot on it. Cover it with a lid for half an hour. Remove the lid. and your lachcha shemai is ready. you can eat it hot, or you can keep it in a normal refrigerator and eat it cold. It is tasty either way. enjoy.

* You can use any kind of nut you want. Use according to your taste.
* when you are hitting the milk keep a constant watch and stir it, or milk might spill.



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