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Lychee is one of my favorite fruit from my childhood days.  It was really expensive fruit in those days and my dad would get them for us when he comes from his business trip.  From that time it became one of my favorite fruit, not only me its all in our family loves Lychee a lot.  Even though we eat that fruit very rare we will never miss the flavor, yes our refrigerator will always have the Lychee squash.  Lychee squash is wonderful summer treat :) So don't miss it.    The fresh fruit has a "Delicate, whitish pulp" with a "Perfume" flavor.  Its distinctive flavor tastes so good with any milk based desserts.   

Here is tapioca dessert which I have posted earlier using Lychee and other tropical fruits

” Thai Tapioca Pudding “- This dessert is so light and healthy with all good nutrients of fruits which are perfect for hot summer nights  ...

Ok coming to the recipe, this is a rich and wonderful dessert.  Even though it’s little bit time consuming it’s really worth the try.  I made this after a loooooong time, even I can say few years.  This recipe has two parts one is Rabri and another one is Sandesh which is stuffed in Lychee.

What is Rabri?

Rabri is condensed milk based dish made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and changes its color to pinkish. Sugar, spices and nuts are added to it to give it flavor. It is chilled and served as dessert. Rabri is the main ingredient in several desserts. 
**** Here are some of my Rabri based desserts which I have posted earlier try them I am sure you will love it.

“Apple Jalebi with Pistachio Rabri “– Warm Apple Jalebi with cold Rabri is purely divine!

“Mango Rabri “- This is another excellent combination that you will fall in love in first spoon itself :)


What is Sandesh?

Sandesh is a typical Bengali dessert.  The most common way of making the Sandesh is with the use of cottage cheese. Cottage cheese (chhena) is the solid form which is separated by curdling milk.  It is basically prepared by tossing the Indian cheese (chhena) lightly with sugar over low heat. That mixture is flavored and nuts are added, now the mixture is shaped based on the moulds. The majority of these moulds are carved out of stone, though some may also be carved from wood. 

The recipe which I am posting today is the combination of above all. Don’t you think it is awesome????   It’s divine...we enjoyed the treat and hope you all enjoy my virtual treat. 



Ingredients for Sandesh:

Lychee - 1 tin ( 10 to 15 lychees peeled and destoned)
Whole Milk - 1 litre
Sugar - 4 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp
Citric acid - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom - 1 pinch

Ingredients for Rabri:

Milk - 1 1/2 litre
Bread - 1 slice
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Almonds - 10 sliced or chopped finely
Pistachio - 10 sliced or chopped finely
Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
Saffron strands - few dissolved in little Milk.

To Prepare Sandesh:

1.  Bring the milk to a boil. 
2. Add citric acid dissolved in a little water, continue to boil till the milk curdles.
3. Strain the Paneer (cheese) by draining excess water and allow it to cool.
4. Put the Paneer and sugar in a blender and churn to obtain a smooth paste.
5. Add this paste to a pan and fry slightly (for 2 minutes) switch of the flame and now add the cardamom.  Let this mixture cool completely.

To Prepare the Rabri:

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottomed vessel. Keep stirring continuously till it is reduced to 3/4 th the quantity.
2. Add sugar and stir till it is dissolved.
3. Now churn the bread in a blender by adding 2 tsp of milk.
4. Add this to the milk mixture followed by cardamom and saffron.  Bring to one boil.
5. Remove from heat and allow it to cook completely. Once it is cooled add the chopped nuts reserving few for garnishing on the top.

Refrigerate at least for couple of hours or until you are ready to serve.

How to serve:

1. Stuff Sandesh in fresh or tinned Lychee.
2. Put the stuffed lychees in Rabri.  Garnish with Chopped nuts.  Serve Chilled :)

Enjoy Lychee Stuffed Sandesh with Rabri !!!  You will be in heaven :)

Soma  – (April 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM)  

Being a bong I am really glad to see that you actually made sandesh the right way!! Yaaay :) most recipes run under the misconception of shaping the sandesh without cooking it.. a beautiful dessert indeed!

Satya  – (April 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM)  

truly divine dessert...beautifully presented..
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Ambika  – (April 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM)  

Such a beautiful dessert Pavi! I love sandesh and I love litchi, but never ever thought of pairing them together. This sounds absolutely delicious, and wonderful presentation!!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (April 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM)  

Pavi, Simply Hats Off to you! You have prepared a sandesh which even Bongs like us would struggle to prepare. Looks simply stunning.


My Kitchen Antics  – (April 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM)  

i somehow never get around 2 making indian sweets simply because i feel they are a tedious job. This looks really yum, although i must admit i ahve neither taste rabri or sandesh :O

Nithya  – (April 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM)  

Wow.. Delicious.. divine and calorie shock too :P But can forgo that for such a delicious cup of dessert :)

Lovely pics as ever. Loving the wooden boards that you are using lately. Super :)

Reshmi Mahesh  – (April 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM)  

Wow...super...lychee sandesh sounds too yummy and love the beautiful clicks..

R  – (April 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM)  

wow so delicious and equally well presented! great job!

Avika J Chawla  – (April 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM)  

m drooling...very innovative..wonderful clicks..simply divine..words r nt enough..

Unknown  – (April 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM)  

wow ...OMG....i hv no words....this is awesome and so inviting ..yum yum...moreover....who can resist frm eating after seein ur perfect picks....luv the presentation as always! u rock girl!
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Prema  – (April 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM)  

wow delicious recipe,lovely clicks...presentation is too gud pavi...

chef and her kitchen  – (April 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM)  

Superb clicks and amazing has everything which I love..lychee my favorite fruit(just relate 2 u),sandesh-one of fav sweets and rabdi-all time favorite...perfect dessert..

Gayathri NG  – (April 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM)  

Lip smacking dessert, looks appealing for the eyes...

Anonymous –   – (April 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM)  

I am a Bong, so you can imagine how much I want to eat that right now!
When you teased us with that ingredient photo in FB .. i had no idea you were coming up with this :)

Zareena  – (April 25, 2012 at 1:35 AM)  

Wow!!!! Super cool delicious dessert. Amazing combination of lychee and rabri.

sanjeeta kk  – (April 25, 2012 at 2:55 AM)  

Yum..yumm... wonderful click and a lovely recipe!

Sudha Sabarish  – (April 25, 2012 at 3:37 AM)  

Dessert looks so yummy and the pics are excellent as always.

radha  – (April 25, 2012 at 5:51 AM)  

What a splendid dessert. And amazing photography.

Suparna  – (April 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM)  

amazing dish and amazingly presented and awesome snaps to raise the readers temptation!! perfect!!

Victoria Challancin  – (April 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM)  

Gorgeous photos, as always, and a great-looking dessert as well. Thank you.

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (April 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM)  

This looks just amazing and craving for some now , inviting pics

themustardseed  – (April 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM)  

That looks so delicious! I love lichee and sandesh and both together sound like heaven!

Priya Suresh  – (April 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM)  

Omg, wat an irresistible dessert,seriously both sandesh and rabri are my fav..inviting myself..

Sara  – (April 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM)  

Wooow looks delicious and tempting. beautiful clicks.

Reva  – (April 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM)  

Lovely Pavi... loved the addition of Lychees in this traditional dessert..truly divine..))

Anonymous –   – (February 12, 2013 at 7:38 AM)  

First of let me admit - I am drooling big time !!! LOL
This look amazing...i love the idea of using lychee with sandesh ....This post is really making me want to try this combo out as i love everything that goes into it :)

Shanthi  – (April 12, 2013 at 8:07 AM)  

awesome pictures...neat presentation..

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