Sandesh (confectionery)

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This article is about the Bengali Sweetmeat. For other uses, see Sandesh (disambiguation).
Nollen Sandesh from West Bengal, India
Course Dessert
Place of origin India, Bangladesh
Region or state Bengal
Main ingredients Chhana / paneer, sugar,Jaggery (gurr), condensed milk
Cookbook:Sandesh  Sandesh

Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশ Shôndesh; Hindi: संदेश) is a Bengali dessert created with milk and sugar.[1] Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena (cheese) or paneer instead of milk.[2] 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.[3]


Sandesh can be made with the use of Chhena or cottage cheese. The simplest kind of Sandesh in Bengal is the makha sandesh (makha=kneaded). It is basically prepared by tossing the Indian cheese (chhena) lightly with sugar over low heat. The sandesh is essentially hot, sweetened Chhana. When shaped into balls it is called kanchagolla (kancha=raw; golla=ball). 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.Nollen Sandesh creates a sweet giving (cadbury) chocolate as crust with choco-cheese filling.


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Sandesh, a typical Bengali sweet. 
A type of Sandesh. 
Another type of Sandesh. 


  1. ^ Sandesh
  2. ^ Sandesh Mishti
  3. ^ editor, Ken Albala,. Food cultures of the world encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood. p. 34. ISBN 9780313376276. 

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