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 Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe

SAFFRON SANDESH is a popular Bengali sweet dish that is made up with fresh chenna or paneer and sugar which is flavored with saffron. It's very easy recipe to make at home with simple steps. This soft fudge is melt in your mouth yummy!

This sweet dish is prepared on special occasions, festivals, durga pooja and the Bengali weddings. A divine tasting sweet made with just few ingredients and easy to prepare too. You don't need to wait for long hours to prepare it.


Sandesh is just a soft fudge made with Indian cottage cheese or paneer. It can be flavored with Kesar Sandesh, Nolen Gurer Sandesh, Chocolate Sandesh, Rose Sandesh, and many more that you can choose from your favorite ingredient or make it simple without any essence. It is pronounced like "SONDESH

Sandesh Bengali Sweet

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First is to make chenna from milk, chenna is mixed with other ingredients and cooked on low heat, flavored with kesar which is option you make it simple. 

If you are using market paneer for making sandesh, churn everything on grinder. I used homemade chenna with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes.

Then rolled and flattened it and serve with your favorite dry fruits or rose petals or any flowers for decorations on top, it looks more appealing. See below

Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe


Milk – Always go for whole milk or full-fat milk to prepare this delectable Sandesh Sweet recipe, for the best results and authentic taste.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is added in the milk, which curdles it to make chenna. You can even use vinegar instead of lemon juice.

Sugar – Add in some powdered sugar, so that it gets mixed with the chenna properly, giving it a smooth and soft texture.

Milk Powder – Milk Powders adds to the taste furthermore and also helps in the texture of this Mithai.

Cardamom Powder(totally optional) – Flavor it up with some cardamom powder, its totally optional, I didn't used it you can used it, quantity is mentioned in ingredients list

Saffron – Saffron is mixed with milk and then added in the chenna mixture, which gives it a nice subtle yellow colour.

Dry Fruits – At the end, make it look more appealing by garnishing it with some almonds or pistachios and flower petals fruits on the top.

How to make Kesar Sandesh

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes 

Servings: 5 people

Author: Jolly Makkar

Ingredients :

Full cream milk - 1 litre

Lemon juice - 2 tbsp 

Powdered sugar - 4 tbsp 

Milk powder - 1 tbsp 

Cardamom powder(optional)- 1 tsp (I didn't used it)

Pinch of Saffron (soaked in 2 teaspoon milk for a few hours.)

Dry fruits for garnishing

flower petals for garnishing

Preparation Method :

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan. When the milk comes to a boil, add lemon juice.

boil milk and lemon juice

2. Let the curdled milk rest for 5 minutes.
curdled milk

3. Line a big bowl with muslin cloth and pour the curdled milk in the cloth, wash the curdle milk 3 to 4 time with drinking water and let the whey drain.
wash chenna

4. Add 4 tablespoon of sugar on mixer, make a powder sugar and soaked the saffron in 2 teaspoon milk for an hour.

5. In a big steel plate, add chenna first mash with your fingers. Then add powdered sugar, milk powder, saffron soaked in milk. 

6. Mash with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes. Important step don't skip this!!

mash with the heel of your hands

7. Take a non stick pan and cook the chenna for a 3 minutes or not more than 4 minutes, otherwise it become hard, we need to cook till remove all the excess moisture.

cook chenna

8. Remove it from pan and Let it cool for a few minutes.

9. Take small amount of chenna in your palms, shaped like a rounds and flatten them a little bit

10. Make small rounds and flatten them a little bit. Make all the Sandesh in the same way.

shape your sandesh

11. Garnish with slivered dry fruits and serve.

Check out the video of how to make chenna at home with all tips and tricks

You can try more easy and simple sweet recipes from my blog like 

Important Notes

  1. Once you mix all the ingredients in the Chenna, mash it properly using your hands for 3 to 5 minutes for the best results. Do not miss on this step, this is very important.
  2. Chenna should have a little moisture in the same, before cooking. 
  3. Do not over cook chenna for more time, it will become crumbly and grainy.
  4. Use a muslin cloth or clean cotton cloth to make Chenna.

This recipe is a part of A to Z recipe challenge, we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month it was alphabet time "R" so I choose my key ingredients SAFFRON and make this easy and simple KESAR SANDESH SWEET

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  1. Oh yum! The Kesar Sandesh looks melt-in-the-mouth and absolutely delicious. :) Love how the saffron has added a beautiful, natural pale yellow colour to the Sandesh.

  2. Oh yum! The Kesar Sandesh looks melt-in-the-mouth and absolutely delicious. :) Love how the saffron has added a beautiful, natural pale yellow colour to the Sandesh.

  3. Bengali sweets are always my fav and after your rasgulla, I love this one too. The jesad has brought a beautiful colour and the sandesh looks just peefect.

  4. I have made kesar sandesh many times and my family members loved it.
    Homemade is always the best

  5. Kesar Sandesh looks so soft and delicious. It is ideal to make as a quick sweet too. Loved it Jolly.

  6. What a wonderful and delicious share.. Kesar Sandesh looks super soft melt in mouth treat.. such and easy and quick to make sweet recipe..

  7. I'm a huge fan of any Bengali sweet and therefore Sandesh is on the list. Saffron Sandesh, so aromatic and flavorful. Looks very tempting.

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  9. I like sandesh for one reason that it is not too sweet.Saffron and elaichi being my favourite flavours this is a must try for me.

  10. I made this yesterday.. and my colleagues liked it.. I will definitely review this recipe in my blog.. - online reviews, top lists

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  11. I can have that whole bowl of delicious kesar sandesh! It is how much I love it... Looks so well made...

  12. This looks so much of a treat that i will see gone in few minutes. This is already become the request for new year's night so yes, your recipe will soon be on my table.

  13. Love Bengali sweets and Sandesh in particular has been an all time favourite. Looks delicious. Perfect festive sweet.

  14. Bengali Sandesh is such a delectable dessert ! The added saffron has lend a beautiful color making it all the more desirable.

  15. Kesar sandesh looks absolutely delectable and gorgeous. Saffron has imparted such a lovely colour. The whole process looks pretty simple and easy. Would love to try sometime soon.

  16. Freshly prepared sandesh is my all time favorite. Your kesar sandesh looks so gorgeous.

  17. I love all Bengali sweets and sandesh looks too tempting and it makes me mouth watering. Perfect for any celebrations or parties.