It’s time for the Bengali New Year, 1427. But this year is like no other. No celebration, no families and friends coming over, no long queue outside your local sweet shops, no playing of Rabindra Sangeet on mikes all day, and certainly no Baisakhi Utshob or function in your para. But we are Bengalis, we might be confined to our homes, but you cannot confine our spirits. So what we cannot step out, we can certainly reach out and this is what Baisakhi did. A mother of two, comfortably settled in her in-laws residence in North Kolkata. Since marriage she has witnessed this day to be a special occasion in the family. The doors keep open throughout the day, as friends and family drop in as per their convenience. There is a kettle on the burner all the time, serving tea to the guests, and rabindra sangeet plays on the old gramophone, a prized possession of her father in-law. The ladies wear red saree, put flowers in their hair, take an early bath, touch feet of the elders and begin the new year. But serving tea is not enough, what accompanies with it is the most important thing. This special something is Baisakhi’s specialty, Pera Sandesh. But since this year is different than the rest, Baisakhi decided to celebrate the day in her own way. Greetings were exchanged through windows and terraces, rabindra sangeet was played on the old gramophone, and she made her special Pera Sandesh for the entire locality, and distributed them herself. So today’s recipe is a tribute to her spirit. Today at thecomfortfoods.com, we will share Baisakhi’s special Pera Sandesh recipe, extremely easy to prepare, and loved by all. Enjoy! And yes, Subho Naboborsho!
Take a kadai add milk, and heat it on medium flame, once the milk is warm, add the milk powder in two portions and keep stirring to avoid lumps.
Once the milk powder and milk mix well and the consistency is thick add the sugar dust and cardamom powder.
Keep stirring until the consistency thickens further, now add the ghee and keep mixing it well until the content is done.
When done the consistency will not stick in the kadai and will be soft enough to make the sandesh. Turn of the heat and let it cool.
Apply some ghee on your palms, and make a dough with the content. Make small round balls, make a small dip in the middle, place a raisin and serve it to your family. Pera Sandesh is ready, enjoy!