Nolen Gur Cha Rasmalai is an interesting variation of the classic creamy, luscious, festive Indian dessert -Rasmalai. This is made of soft and spongy cottage cheese balls dipped in Nolen Gur tea flavoured thickened milk and garnished with chopped pistachios and almonds.
If you know me and have been following my blog, you very well know by now that I don’t quite like white sugar and all my recipes are made without refined white sugar. That’s one of the reasons why I had to re-make this classic dish (which is usually made with lots of white sugar) with Nolen Gur or Bengal date palm jaggery (one of my favorite kinds of Jaggery!)
Now you might be thinking why tea in Rasmalai? But let me tell you I haven’t used any ordinary tea but instead this really special tea from Karma Kettle‘s gourmet tea collection called Nolen Gur Cha which pays a special tribute to Kolkata with the use of Nolen Gur (Bengal Palm jaggery) and dates.
The tea when brewed releases a soft caramel/ sweet aroma and flavour into the tea which perfectly compliments this dish. The subtle sweetness from dates and Nolen Gur leaves you longing for a little more and that’s why I have added it to this dish in the form of Jaggery tea syrup that elevates this dessert by another notch.
By the way did you know that the name rasmalai basically means juicy milk cream derived from Bengali words -‘rosh’, meaning ‘juice’, and malai, meaning ‘milk cream’. And true to it’s name, this Indian dessert is juicy, creamy and so absolutely delicious. Now making this dish is no east feat and there are no shortcuts if you want that perfect Nolen Gur Cha Rasmalai or Jaggery Tea Rasmalai, and like somebody wise said that the fruit of your labour will definitely be sweet – just like this Gur Rasmalai!
To make this recipe easy to understand I have broken it down into simpler sections:
How to make chenna (cottage cheese)
How to make chenna balls/cottage cheese balls
How to cook chenna balls/cottage cheese balls
How to make the Karma Kettle tea and jaggery sauce
How to make the Rabri
How to assemble the Nolen Gur Cha Rasmalai or Jaggery Rasmalai
Here’s hoping that you try this melt in mouth recipe of Nolen Gur cha Rasmalai or Jaggery Rasmalai out and enjoy every bit of this sweet treat!
Rasmalai is a classic creamy, luscious, festive Indian dessert with origins in the eastern parts of India. Nolen Gur Cha Rasmalai is an interesting variation of Rasmalai with soft and spongy cottage cheese balls dipped in Nolen Gur tea flavoured thickened milk and garnished with chopped pistachios and almonds.