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Pakistani: Ras Malai April 18, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Pakistani,Recipes — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 7:26 am



  • Whole Milk – 8 cups (divided)
  • Lemon Juice – 2 Tbsp
  • Water – 5 cups (in a pressure cooker)
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Saffron – pinch
  • Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pistachios & Almonds – 2 Tbsp, roughly chopped
  • Sugar for the Ras – to taste


  1. Boil 4 cups milk in a steel pan and boil the remaining 4 cups milk in a non-stick pan (The milk in the non-stick pan needs to be reduced to half the quantity so once it comes to a boil, keep the flame low and keep cooking while stirring occasionally. Grind saffron with a small amount of sugar and add it to the milk while boiling).
  2. Once the milk in the steel pan comes to a rolling boil, slowly add lemon juice.
  3. When the milk curdles (paneer), switch off the stove and strain the paneer in a cheese cloth.
  4. Pour a little cold water over the paneer and hang the cheese cloth on the tap for approx 30 minutes to remove all of the liquid.
  5. Remove the paneer from the cheese cloth and run it through a food processor to smooth it out. You can knead the paneer by hand but it will take a long time to make it smooth.
  6. Divide the paneer into 12 equal portions a little smaller than the size of a ping pong ball.
  7. Roll the portions in your hands until a smooth ball is formed. Lightly press the ball until it flattens out.
  8. In the pressure cooker with water, dissolve 1 cup sugar and add the flattened paneer.
  9. Close pressure cooker lid and cook until one whistle sounds. Immediately switch off the stove and set the timer for exactly 5 minutes.
  10. After 5 minutes, carefully take the pressure cooker to the sink and pour cold water over the lid to remove the pressure.
  11. Remove the cooked paneer with a slotted spoon into a bowl and allow it to cool.
  12. Meanwhile, the milk in the non-stick pan should have reduced to half. Add sugar to taste, cardamom powder and nuts. Switch off the stove and keep milk aside.
  13. Once the paneer is cool enough to handle with your hands, gently squeeze out the sugar syrup from the paneer and place the paneer into a serving dish.
  14. Pour the prepared reduced milk over the paneer and chill in the refrigerator.
  15. Garnish with additional chopped nuts.


Ras Malai is exotic and rich, and is an after-meal dessert, more common at dinner time. Ras malai is a rich Pakistani dessert made with small balls of Paneer (home made cheese) that are soaked in flavored, thickened milk. The word is a combination of the Urdu word ras, which stands for juice or nectar, and malai, which translates as cream.


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