Ras malai

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Ras malai
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Alternative names Rossomalai
Course Dessert
Region or state West Bengal
Associated national cuisine Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi
Main ingredients Chhena, malai, sugar
Variations Comilla's rosho malai
Cookbook: Ras malai  Media: Ras malai

Ras malai or rossomalai (Odia: ରସ ମଲାଈ, রসমালাই, रस मलाई, رس ملائی) is a sweetmeat consumed mainly in India, as well as in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The name ras malai comes from two words in Hindi: ras, meaning "juice", and malai, meaning "cream". It has been described as "a rich cheesecake without a crust."[1] This dish was invented by the Bengali sweetmeat confectioner and businessman K.C. Das[2] in the year 1930.[3][4][5][6]


Ras malai consists of sugary white cream, or yellow-coloured (flattened) balls of chhana soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. It is cooked in sugar syrup and milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing.[7] Homemade ras malai is usually made from powdered milk, all-purpose flour, baking powder and oil, which are kneaded to form a dough, moulded into balls, and dropped into simmering milk cream.


Ras malai is believed to have originated in West Bengal and was invented by K.C. Das in the year 1930.[8][9] It is one of the most famous desserts in that region[10] and is based on the Rossogolla, which was invented by K.C. Das's[11][12] father Nobin Chandra Das in the year 1868.[13]

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