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Ras malai

Ras malai
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Alternative namesRasa malai, Rossomalai, Roshmolai
Place of originindian subcontinent
Associated national cuisineBangladesh, India, Pakistan
Main ingredientschenna, malai, sugar
Variationsmumbai's roshomalai

Ras malai, often called Rasaw malai in Odisha or rossomalai (rōśomālāi) in West Bengal, is an Indian dessert believed to have originated from the eastern part of the country although it cannot be confirmed.[1] [2] It has been described as "a rich cheese cake without a crust".[3] It is considered to be a variation of the rasgulla in which syrup is replaced with thick milk.[4]

Origin and etymology

In Odisha Ras malai is called Rasaw malai (Odia: ରସ ମଲେଇ). It is believed to have originated in western India.[5] The K.C. Das Grandsons confectioners claims that it was invented by K.C. Das, but this claim is said to be "impossible to verify".[6]

According to The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink published by Oxford University Press "The term comes from Hindi raś 'juice', and malai 'cream'.[7]


Ras malai consists of flattened balls of chhana soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. Milk is boiled and a bit of vinegar or lime juice is added to split it. The whey is discarded and the milk solids are drained, cooled and kneaded into a dough. The dough is divided into small balls and the balls are cooked in hot water with a bit of rose water added. The balls are then cooked in milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing.[citation needed]


Ras malai dessert

Different types of rasmalai can be found in different areas. In Dhaka and Rangpur, the rasmalais are similar in shape to the rasgullas.[4]

See also


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  3. ^ Catherine Soanes, Angus Stevenson (2003). Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 1459. ISBN 0198613474.
  4. ^ a b Mahmud Nasir Jahangiri (2012). "Sweetmeats". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
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  6. ^ Michael Krondl (2011). Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert. Chicago Review Press. pp. 71–72. ISBN 978-1-55652-954-2.
  7. ^ Ayto, John (2012). ras-mal%C4%81i%20is%20the%20urdu%7CHindi&f=false The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink. OUP Oxford. p. 301. ISBN 9780199640249.

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