Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশShôndesh; Hindi: संदेश) is an Bengali dessert created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena (cheese) or paneer instead of milk. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it Pranahara (literally, heart 'stealer') which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.
Sandesh can be made with the use of Chhena or cottage cheese. The simplest kind of Sandesh in Bengal is the kanchagolla. It is basically prepared by tossing the Indian cheese (chhena) lightly with sugar over low heat. The sandesh is essentially hot, sweetened Chhana which has been shaped into balls. For the more complex and elaborately prepared sandesh, the chhana which is used for preparation is dried and pressed, flavored with essence of fruits, sometimes even colored and cooked to many different levels of consistencies. Sometimes it is filled with syrup, blended with coconut or kheer and molded into a variety of shapes. These shapes can frequently be seen resembling conch-shells, elephants, fish etc.