Dark Chocolate Sandesh (Shondesh) Dipped In Chocolate Recipe

Dark Chocolate Shondesh Dipped In Chocolate Recipe is the perfect treat to make for your sibling on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. Celebrate your special relationship with your sibling with this dessert that combines a traditional Bengali sweetmeat with something as contemporary and delicate as dark chocolate. Dense, gooey chocolate sandesh crammed with raisins, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with slivered almonds – this is a treat to make, as much as it is to eat!   Milk, Lemon juice, Dark chocolate, Condensed Milk, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, Sultana Raisins, Slivered Almonds (Badam)   2 liter Milk , full fat Lemon juice , from one or two lemons 200 grams Dark chocolate 3-4 tablespoons Condensed Milk 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup Sultana Raisins , finely chopped 2 tablespoons Slivered Almonds (Badam)     15   35     To begin making the Dark Chocolate Sandesh (Shondesh) Dipped In Chocolate Recipe, first prepare the chenna or fresh cottage cheese, which is the base for many Bengali sweets.To do this, place the full fat milk in a saucepan or heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil. Once the milk is bubbling away, add the lemon juice and turn off the heat. The milk will curdle and coagulate within seconds.Once the entire milk has coagulated and you see the cheese floating on top and a clear whey separated from it. Prepare the chenna and rinse it under running water thoroughly. Tie it in a cheese cloth and hang it to drain out the excess water. This process takes at least for a couple of hours.In the meantime, chop the dark chocolate into small chunks to make it easier to melt. Place a sauce pan with water over a medium heat. In a heatproof bowl which is slightly larger than the saucepan, add the chopped chocolate and place this bowl over the saucepan, ensuring that the boiling water doesn’t touch the surface of the heatproof bowl.The heat generated by the boiling water will melt the chocolate gently. Lower the heat and begin to melt the chocolate with a spatula, till it is smooth and glossy.Add the cocoa powder and vanilla essence to the melted chocolate and keep it aside.Time to check on the chenna once again. Once most of the water is drained out, tip the cheese on a flat surface and begin kneading it, pressing it down and forward with the heel of your palm.Working it on the surface like you would dough for chapatis or puris. The kneading is most important as it makes the chenna smooth, and almost like a fine paste by the end of the process.Note: If kneading the sondesh takes too much time and effort, you could also use a food processor. However the result will be a finer paste-like sondesh, while this recipe tastes good when the chenna mix is well-kneaded, but slightly grainy.Reserving about 3 tablespoons of the melted chocolate in a smaller bowl, add the rest of the melted chocolate to the kneaded chenna. Add the condensed milk and once again mix until it is well combined.Heat a heavy bottomed pan and tip the chenna mixture into it. Cook on medium heat until the mixture begins to leave the sides of the pan and come together as a ball.Remove the mixture from the heat, add the raisins and mix well. Once it is cool enough to work with, divide the chenna into 12 equal parts. Shape them into round balls and lightly flatten each by patting them softly with your fingers.Dip half the balls in melted chocolate reserved separately earlier and top it off with roasted slivered almonds. Place the balls chocolate side up, to set a little.Serve the Dark Chocolate Sandesh on Angoori Rasmalai.