Saturday, January 22, 2011

Chum Chum


Chum Chum the name itself makes me happy.  I don't know what exactly the meaning of the word is but it's traditional Bengali sweet.  Chum Chums are made with Indian Cottage Cheese( Paneer) which is cooked in sugar syrup .  This is something very similar to rasgullas, rasgullas are served with syrup  and this without syrup.  I know a typical Indian may not need these explanation for this well known popular sweet, I'm just saying these for those who doesn't know what is a chum chum.

   You can make these Chum Chum for any special occation, it can be made easily in minutes, that too if you want to make something in bulk, you can definitely go for this.  You can also make these as a special gift for your   better half instead of regular chocolate box.


  Any way this is a recipe which I adopted from  Manjula's Kitchen.  I have failed so many times making this rasgullas or rasmalai,  but Manjula's recipe was perfect the very first time I got this right.  Thank you Manjula for your clear instructions.
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Ingredients:
Milk- 1 litre
Lemon juice- 2 tbsp mixed with 1 tbsp of water
Sugar- 2 cups
Water- 5 cups
Kalakand- 2 cups( Kalakand recipe here)
Few drops of food colouring
Coco powder- 1 tbsp
Dessicated coconut- 3 tbsp

Method:
Boil the milk and the add the lemon juice slowly.  You can see the curd separates from the water.  At this stage pour it in a clean muslin cloth and separate the curd from the water.  Squeeze the water gently, don't squueze too much, it will dry the paneer.  Place a heavy bottomed pan on top of the paneer for 1 hour.
After 1 hour take the paneer and pulse in a food processor until it forms a dough. If it doesn't come together add a few drops of water until it forms a dough.
  Take the dough and knead it again and roll it into small balls.  Boil the water and sugar together in a pressure cooker.  Add the balls leave enough space to spread.  Close the lid and cook in high until you steam on top, once you see steam on top, reduce the heat to medium and cook for further 7 minutes.  Switch off the flame and keep the pressure on cold tap water.  Let it sit for few minutes.  Then open the lid and see if the chum chum looks spongy and big in size.  Take it out from the water.
  Add  a few drops of food colouring to the dessicated coconut and coat the chum chum in it.
For kalakand coating, add few drops of food colouring or coco powder to the kalakand.  Grease your palms with ghee,  take a small size ball of kalakand,  flatten it.  Place a chum chum inside and cover with kalakand.
To make the flour shape and heart shape, I used a cookie cutter to cut those shapes. You can serve it just like this or coat the kalakand with dessicated coconut again. Chill the chum chum in the refrigerator for minimum 5 hours before you serve.

43 comments:

Happy Cook said...

They look so so beautiful.

the foodie said...

Oh I so much want to make them soon..my dad used to bring a box full of these chum chums and myself and my brother used to fight for the last remaining piece...very beautifully presented.

Usha said...

Very colorful and tempting.

Rachu said...

great pictures and yummy chum chums

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Uma said...

i love chumchum.. these are an absolute delight..hard to resist!

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely-i have always wanted to make them, gotta try these beauties !

Paaka Shaale said...

The cham chams look beautiful. I've book marked the recipe. Will try them soon :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Absolute beauty, love them any time.Perfect presentation.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

So cute and colorful looking chum chums. Excellent presentation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Seema Abbas Ali said...

Ayeesha,

The colourful chums chums were a virtual treat to my eyes. Beautiful presentation dear.

Pavithra said...

I love chum chums ..Urs looks so beautiful.

harini-jaya said...

absolute winners!! awesome and colorful presentation

cook from doha said...

They look so yummy.........i cant wait to try this........u making all these deliciuos dishe with 2 kids at home needs real appreciation..............

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Love chum chum... As you said hearing the name makes me happy :)

Prathima Rao/ Prats Corner said...

These look too pretty & like they simply melt in ur mouth!!! I can have these any time..:)

Jaleela Kamal said...

chum chum look very yummy

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow....
they look lovely dear...

Soumya said...

wow...amazing presentation and clicks....colorful,delicious and very tempting sweet...feel like having it now...

MaryMoh said...

Lovely name...sure makes me smile :D Look pretty and delicious.

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Wow wow wow... love love the cute chum chum.. they are so perfect for valentine's day :)

sowmya's creative saga said...

nice shapes..lovely colours..yumm..love them

Priya said...

Seriously u r killing me with ur beautiful chum chum, am an addict to these milk sweets, feel like having some rite now,sooo beautiful they are..

Reshmi Ahmed said...

ooo ayeesha, just love these chum chums...they look adorable....can u parcel them to me ? ;)

Ambreen said...

Yummy!!!My mouth is watering, this looks so good. I've tried to make this once, but failed. Will give this a try...and the pressure cooker method sounds interesting. Going to check your Kalakand recipe!

Rumana Rawat said...

This is very beautiful:)

Nithya said...

This is so cute and yummy :) the colorful look is making it extra attractive :)

Spoonfuls of love, added to every recipe !!! said...

I love chum chums ... I love the shapes u hv given them ... so cute ... will try this for sure ...

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious yummy sweet

aipi said...

So colorful n delicate..very very nicely done!

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Indrani said...

You gave an wonderful getup to traditional chum chums...they are definitely a treat for eyes and off course for stomach..lovely presentation, Umm

Foodie Ann said...

That looks lovely....:) Gorgeous colors....

Gayathri Kumar said...

Chum chum looks so colourful. Very pretty...

Marisa said...

Thanks for the explanation - I'd never heard of them, but now I want to make them! Love the way you've presented them - they look super cute.

Sumi said...

very beautiful..never tasted one though

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow wow they look so beautiful and irresistible.

PriyaVaasu said...

I m drooling over the pics!!!!! they are soooooo mouth-watering!!!!!!!

sweet artichoke said...

:-) lovely chom chom! I fully agree, just the name is already sounding very pleasant!! Your presentation and shapes are very pretty!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

just too beautiful to eat trust me!

girlichef said...

They're so pretty!! :)

G.Pavani said...

congrats dear..chum chum looks cute n delicious..

Tamanna said...

very beautiful chum chums, but i am familiar with a different type of chum chum being a bengali! but i love these variations and will vote you! lovely work

Sukanya said...

What a wonderful click....The chum chums look mouth wateringly yummy.

Scribblingzzz.. said...

Wow a feast to the eyes... I voted for Chum chum :)

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