Ras malai

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Ricotta Cheese
2 quarts Half and Half
2 cups Sugar
5 \N Cardamon pods
1 \N Bay leaf
1 teaspoon Vanilla
\N \N Rose water; to taste (opt)

Mix 1½ cups of sugar with the Ricotta cheese and bake it in a 400 F oven for about 75 minutes in a flat dish covered with aluminum foil. The cheese should have hardened and turned a pale brown.

Thicken the half and half by simmering over low heat for a long time.

This is best done in a microwave; if a microwave is not available, do it over low heat and stir frequently. Thicken until the volume drops to around half of the original volume.

Add the remaining ½ cup sugar, cardamom pods, bay leaf, vanilla and rose water (and any other flavoring that you may want) to the Half and Half. Heat for a few minutes.

After the cheese has been baked, cut it into 1 inch squares and add to the hot thickened half and half. Cool for a few hours in the fridge.

Rajeev Krishnamoorthy, rajeev@...

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