Ras malai

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Alternative namesRossomalai, Roshmolai, Rasamalei
Place of originIndian subcontinent
Region or stateBengal
Associated cuisineIndia, Bangladesh Pakistan
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsChhena, malai, sugar
VariationsKolkata's roshomalai, Comilla's rosho malai
Similar dishesRasgulla, Pashka

Ras malai, rasamalai, or rossomalai is a dessert originating from the eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent. The dessert is called rossomalai in Bengali,[1] ras malai in Hindi,[2] and rasa malei in Odia.[3] It is popular in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.[4]

The origin of the sweet is impossible to verify but there are several underlying stories. K.C. Das Grandsons claims that it was invented by K.C. Das in Kolkata. The Sen brothers of Comilla operating under the Matri Bhandar brand also claim to be the original maker of the dessert.[5][6] Bangladesh has begun the process of registering geographical indication status for Comillar rasmalai.[7][8]

Origin and etymology[edit]

It is believed to have originated somewhere in Eastern Indian subcontinent, presumably in the Bengal region.[9]

According to The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink published by Oxford University Press "The term comes from Hindi raś 'juice', and malai 'cream'.[2]


Ras malai consists of flattened balls of chhena soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. Milk is boiled and a bit of vinegar or lime juice is added to split it. The whey is discarded and the milk solids are drained, cooled and kneaded into a dough. The dough is divided into small balls and the balls are cooked in hot water with a bit of rose water added. The balls are then cooked in milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing.[10]


Ras malai dessert

Different types of ras malai can be found in different areas. In Dhaka and Rangpur, the rasmalais are similar in shape to the rasgullas[11],and round discs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ras malai | Traditional Cheese Dessert From West Bengal | TasteAtlas". www.tasteatlas.com. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ayto, John (2012). The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink. OUP Oxford. p. 301. ISBN 978-0-19-964024-9. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Odia Treat for Amit Shah & Other Dignitaries at Naveen Niwas |". 28 February 2020.
  4. ^ Shavelson, Paul (2015). Flat Food, Flat Stomach: The Law of Subtraction. Post Hill Press. ISBN 978-1-61868-932-0. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Matri Bhander's roshomalai under siege from copycats". Dhaka Tribune. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  6. ^ Michael Krondl (2011). Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert. Chicago Review Press. pp. 71–72. ISBN 978-1-55652-954-2.
  7. ^ Bashar, Rezaul (15 February 2017). "Bangladesh moves to get GI registration for Comilla delicacy Rasmalai, textile Khadi". BD News 24.
  8. ^ Islam, Md. Jahedul (September 2019). "Protection of Geographical Indications in Bangladesh". SCLS Law Review. 2 (3): 14–19. ISSN 2523-9236.
  9. ^ "Ras Malai - A Milk based Dessert of India". 25 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Rasmalai is simply the dessert to beat". Gulf Times. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  11. ^ Mahmud Nasir Jahangiri (2012). "Sweetmeats". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

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