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bhapa sandesh meets strawberry and a bengali fusion delight

The world is becoming a huge melting pot where diverse cultures melts, embracing each others flavours, ethnicity wears a contemporary look and modernization rooted in traditions, culinary and cultural boundaries has dissolved long ago into oblivion and the global gourmet table wears a (con) fusion look.

Hollaindaise embraces cilantro, rasgullas are dressed up with strawberry foam, gulabjamuns sweating in chocolate fondue, rasmalais lost their way in mascarpone cheese cakes, avials are the new (rata)touille, futomaki (sushi) goes lyrical with mango salsa, kimchis are well secured inside tacos, lasagna are on a vegan diet, rice noodles are dating with basil pesto sauce and spaghetti finally find its soul mate in chicken tikka masala. Welcome to the world of fusion cuisine ! For a change this cuisine has no history but definitely has a future.

For 100 years or so, people in Bengal (a state in eastern part of India) are mastering the art of sandesh making, zealously guarding the secrets which are handed down from one generation to another, and the more enthusiast one are secretly nurturing the idea of twisting the traditional. A generation leap forward and bhapa sandesh made their appearance around 90’s and since then there is no looking back. Soon icecream sondesh, sandwich sondesh, baked sondesh, mango sondesh, orange, pista and chocolate sondesh joins the league giving much hope to the new age chefs.

bhapa strawberry sandesh

Strawberry sondesh is the latest in this trend and because of its ruby-red color and distinctly sweet fruity flavour it mellows down well with sondesh giving it a highly appetising look.

In this recipe of bhapa sondesh chhana / curdled milk cheese is first kneaded to make it soft, then mixed with crushed strawberries and steamed to make strawberry flavoured bhapa sondesh, finishing it with strawberry glaze. I have made bhapa sondesh earlier with condensed milk, but I could not be overjoyed as it lacks the essence of sondesh, well that was a novice way to make the sondesh but this time not only me but the guest also enjoyed it and I was quiet overwhelmed by their warm response. Some even rename it as strawberry cheese cake but I would love to call it bhapa sondesh with strawberry glaze / reduction, my fusion recipe.

steamed sondesh


Milk (full fat) : 1 l
Strawberry : 200 gms
Sugar : 1 cup about
Rose essence: a drop
Souring agent to curdle the milk


Boil the milk, curdled it using a juice of lemon, drain the whey and collect the cheese. See the pictorial description – how to make fresh home meade chana / chhana or curdled milk cheese.

Knead the chhana / cottage cheese with the heel of your palm for 10 minutes until it become soft and smooth.

Was, cut and hull four strawberries, chop them finely and mix it with the chhana / cottage cheese. Add a drop of rose essence, two tablespoon of sugar (according to taste) and again knead the chhana till the sugar incorporates into it well.

In a container put the strawberry – chhana mix, spread it evenly, close the lid and steam it for 10 – 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, crush the remaining strawberries leaving one or two for garnishing, and cook it in a pan on low flame, adding little water (around 1/2 cup). Amount of sugar entirely depends upon the sweetness of strawberry, so adjust accordingly. Add the sugar and keep on cooking on low heat till it reduced to a smooth sauce consistency. This is strawberry reduction or glaze. Strawberry glaze actually has more smooth and silky texture, for that you can blend it in a mixer after it gets cool down slightly. But for bhapa sondesh, a smooth pulpy strawberry reduction just suits it well.

Arrange the bhapa sandesh on a serving plate, glaze it with strawberry reduction and serve chilled.

bhapa sondesh

a perfect bite of happiness – bhapa / steamed sondesh

Warm bhapa sondesh will be little watery, but chilling makes it denser and that brings out the true essence and flavour of bhapa sondesh.

It’s a great party dessert, can be prepared ahead and guest will surely love it.

Sharing it with strawberry @ sizzling tastebuds




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    April 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

    very creative .. i must say ! 🙂

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    Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies
    April 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

    This dessert is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It just looks utterly delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog every weekend and I’d like to invite you to stop by then and link your treat up.

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    Erin @ EKat's Kitchen
    April 22, 2011 at 10:31 am

    This dish looks lovely! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck!

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    April 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    This is a wonderful fusion recipe. Strawberry glaze is looking very attractive.

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    April 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    This is called creativity, omg wat an irresistible fusion, simply inviting..

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      April 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      @ Priya, thanks a ton for encouraging me, I really need it 🙂

      @glad to have you here Erin

      @Lisa welcome here, I am so happy that you liked it

      @Kankana, thanks dear

      @ Raji I am so happy that you liked it

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    Malar Gandhi
    April 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love sandesh, this is even more delicious…what an innovative work, kudos to you

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    April 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    delicious I like this fusion thank you for sending

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    Priya Yallapantula
    April 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    That looks superb dear, love it 🙂

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    Tadka Pasta
    April 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    That looks sink-in-your-teeth NOW delicious! Lovely idea!

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    April 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    What have you done??!! 🙂 Sinfully good and beautiful refreshing flavors.

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    April 23, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Wow so yummy and tempting fusion delight….
    And got to know abt your your summer event..Happy hosting dear..will try to send recipes..

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    Vidhya Jayadeep
    April 23, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This look so delicious .Feel like taking a big bite.

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    Suman Singh
    April 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

    First time to your have a great space..happy to follow you.
    Bhapa sandesh looks simply irresistible..

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    April 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Fusion food heaven- Perfect texture n gorgeous color!
    US Masala

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    Miz Helen
    April 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I enjoyed reading you post and really didn’t want it to end. Very well written and so true about our melting cultures into one. This is such an elegant dessert and yet so simple. The taste must be outstanding. I can hardly wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! Have a very special week end.

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      April 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

      @Miz Helen, its always a pleasure to share the food with your fullplate thursday. I am so happy that you loved my piece on fusion cuisine. You words of appreciation makes my day !!!

      @aipi glad you enjoyed it.

      @Suman welcome here, thanks for the follow, just checked out your space, you have a nice blog

      @Vidhya thanks, I just hope you will make it someday

      @Panchpakwan looking forward to your entries dear

      @Soma glad to have you here, those lovely words coming from you meant a lot

      @ Tadka pasta welcome here glad that you liked it

      @ Priya thanks dear sent it for your event

      @ torview thanks for liking it, great compliments

      @Malar thanks, sondesh are one of my fav too and great for experimenting it too

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    Ruchira Ramanujam
    April 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Still thinking about this! Lovely combo!!

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    April 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for stopping by.This looks so sinful.I make sandesh at home sometimes but never tried strawberries with it.Creative idea.

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    April 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    What a lovely idea !Seriously I can’t take my eyes off from the last pic. Bookmarking
    Nice to visit here.

    Hamaree Rasoi

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:58 am

    my eyes are struck with the pictures.. love it.. bookmarked !

    new to ur space n so happy to follow u !
    Do visit my blog as time permits ..

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