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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chum Chum - SFC #3

Bengali  sweets are always favorite among sweet lovers  . These are so addictive and most of the sweets are chenna / paneer based Like Rasgulla, Chennar jelabi , Chum chum . When I saw that this month we where going to make a very delicious bengali dessert for Sweet fantasy club I was so excited and was so happy to make this yummy sweet which I make them often at home for any festivals .Thanks to preeti for suggesting this yummy sweet this month for our Fusion challenge . 

As you all know I have joined this new  group "Sweet fantasy club" whose brain child is preeti  ,a wonderful blogger author of " Simply tadka" . This is our third challenge under fusion Dessert was an Chum chum  . This month too preeti has chosen two wonderful indian and international  sweet and dessert , thanks preeti for this wonderful challenge again. My H loves this chum chum a lot and this one is our family fav .Moving over to the recipe..


For chenna/paneer
8 cups (half gallon) milk
1/4 cup lemon Juice 

For Chum Chum:
Paneer/chenna prepared with 4 cups or 1 liter of whole milk
2 1/2 cups - sugar
5 cups - water
saffron strands few

For serving 
Rabri - as needed
Desiccated Coconut
Tutti Frutti


For preparing chenna/paneer

  • Mix lemon juice in half cup of hot water and keep it aside .
  • Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, making sure not to burn milk.
  • As the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat.
  • Once the milk  is curdled, drain the whey using a strainer lined with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth.
  •  Wrap the chenna in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. This process takes out the sourness from the lemon.
  •  To take out the excess water, press the wrapped paneer under a heavy pan for about 1 hour.
  • To test if sufficient water has been removed out of the paneer, take a little piece of paneer in your palm and rub with your fingers. You should be able to make a firm but smooth ball, after 15-20 seconds of rubbing.
For the syrup
  • In a wide saucepan, bring 5 cups of water and sugar to a boil.  Use a large pan as the Chum Chums will double in volume while cooking in the syrup.

To Make chum chum
  • Place the drained paneer on a dry, clean surface and knead it for 3 to 4 minutes until it rolls into smooth soft dough. If the paneer is too crumbly, add a teaspoon of water.
  • Divide the paneer dough into 8 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth oval shaped ball.
  • Add the paneer balls to the syrup and bring it back to a boil. Then turn down the heat to medium and cover the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Open the pot cover, turn the chum chums over and cook for another 15 minutes.
  •  Check to see if the chum chums appear firm but sponge-like (with little holes on the surface). Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove the chum chums from the syrup.
  • Serve chilled!!

Serving options
  • Cover every Chum Chum with a few pieces of sliced pistachios
  • Roll the chum chums in dry powdered coconut
  • Top them  some malai / rabri on Chum Chum.


  • Cardamon and rose essence can also be added for more flavor.
  • I made my Raj bhog the same way except the shape


  1. looks so yummm... droolworthy and wonderful pics...

  2. i thought i can get it only in store never thought of making at home :D looks lovely

  3. Lovely recipe! So tempting :)

  4. awesome clicks... so colorful.. havent had this.. must be yummy.. :)

  5. Yummy!! This chum-chum looks very inviting..

  6. wow wonderful chum chums i m heading towards ur home now..

  7. My favourite chum chum looks so pretty and you have made them so perfect

  8. Chum chum..The name itself beautiful.. Tempting and inviting dessert..

  9. so so delicious and pretty looking dessert, you have made them so well manju :) lovely pics too!

  10. chum chum yum yum... drooling here...

  11. so delicious looking cute chum chum.. i have never had those.. next time i will definitely taste it..

  12. wow so delicious and my favorite chum chum.. Lovely look and drooling da... awesome...

  13. Wow. .I am flipping over this sweet.
    Lovely collection of Diwali swewts and savouries.


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