Paneer Purity in a Bowl: Experiencing the Delicacy of Chhanar Payesh Recipe

Paneer Purity in a Bowl: Experiencing the Delicacy of Chhanar Payesh Recipe

Chhanar Payesh is a delectable Bengali dessert made with homemade cottage cheese (chhana), milk, and sugar. It is a rich and creamy dessert often enjoyed during festive occasions. Here's a recipe to make Chhanar Payesh:


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • A few strands of saffron (optional)
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios) for garnishing
  • Rosewater or kewra water (optional)


  1. To make Chhana (Cottage Cheese):
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the milk over medium heat and let it come to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the milk simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the sugar to the simmering milk and mix well until it dissolves completely.
  5. Add the crushed cardamom pods and saffron strands (if using). Stir well to infuse the flavors.
  6. Add the crumbled chhana to the milk and mix gently. Allow it to simmer on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. The milk will reduce, and the chhana will blend into the milk, creating a creamy consistency.
  8. Add a few drops of rosewater or kewra water (if using), for a hint of fragrance and flavor. Stir well.
  9. Remove from heat and let the Chhanar Payesh cool to room temperature.
  10. Garnish with chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios) on top.
  11. Refrigerate the Chhanar Payesh for a few hours to chill before serving.
  12. Serve chilled Chhanar Payesh in dessert bowls or cups.

Enjoy the creamy and indulgent Chhanar Payesh as a delightful Bengali sweet treat!

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