Rasamalai, a Bengali sweet/dessert made with cottage cheese soaked in thickened milk. Rasamalai is one of the sweet, which I love most mainly because of its texture, its mild sweetness.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 547kcal
Author Sujatha Muralidhar



  • 1 liter Milk
  • 1 tsp Corn Starch / corn flour
  • 4 tbsp Sugar or as required
  • 4 tbsp Mixed Nuts chopped
  • 1 Cardamom  

Ingredients For Malai Patties:

  • 1 liter Milk
  • 4 tbsp Lemon Juice / Vinegar  
  • 1.5 Cup Sugar 
  • 4 Cup Water
  • 1 pinch Saffron


  • Boil a littler of milk. When the milk starts foaming up, simmer the flame and add vinegar.  Stir continuously until milk curdles and way water gets completely separated. Hint: I use 1% low-fat milk for making cottage cheese.
  • Using cheese cloth, separate cottage cheese, and way water. Hint: You can also use the left over way water kneading dough or in gravies. Cover it and leave it for about 30 minutes and Squeeze to remove excess water if any.
  • In the mixer grinder add this crumbled cottage cheese and run the mixer for few seconds, until it forms a smooth texture. Scrap the sides of the mixer, and transfer to a plate. Knead them again to form a smooth dough like in the picture.
  • Divide them into small equal size balls. Make them into flatten patties by pressing them gently. Make sure it has smooth edges and does not break on the sides.
  • Keep a wide pan on the stove in medium flame. Add 1.5 cups of sugar and 4 cups of water and bring it to rolling boil. When sugar dissolves completely, gently slide the patties in the pan one after the other. Cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook for about 12-15 minutes. Flip the patties once or twice in between this cooking time.  The Patties must have doubled its size now. Hint: Be gentle and careful while flipping the patties.
  • Keep it aside for about one hour to bring it down to the room temperature. Once cooled down,  gently squeeze the excess sugar syrup using flatten spatulas. Keep these drained patties ready.
  • Keep a wide and heavy bottomed pan in slower flame. Add milk and bring it to rolling boil. Then add saffron and reduce the flame to simmer. Hint: Stir them frequently to prevent milk sticks to the bottom of the pan. Also keep an eye, as milk tends to overflows suddenly.
  • For about 15-20 minutes or until the milk has reduced to half of its quantity.  Dilute corn flour in a tablespoon of water and add it to the milk. Give it a stir. Add sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Bring it to medium flame, add kept aside patties. Cook it for about 5 minutes until patties absorb the flavors of the milk.
  • Transfer it to another container, serve hot. Or bring it down to the room temperature and refrigerate for about 3 hours and serve chilled.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 1.7mg