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How To make Steamed Sandesh? | Instant Steamed Sandesh Recipe

Steamed Sandesh is a popular Bengali sweet made with paneer or chenna, sugar, and cardamom powder. It is a healthier version of traditional Sandesh, which is usually prepared by cooking paneer and sugar until it thickens. In this recipe, we will use steaming instead of cooking to make Sandesh. The result is a soft and spongy sweet that melts in your mouth. Let’s get started with the recipe:

Here is the list of step to make Steamed Sandesh at home 


  • 2 liters of full-fat milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water


  • First, let’s make the paneer or chenna. Pour the milk into a heavy-bottomed pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Stir the milk occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the milk comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute. Then, slowly add the lemon juice or vinegar to the milk while stirring. The acid will cause the milk to curdle and form cheese solids.
  • Keep stirring until the milk curdles completely, and you can see the whey (clear liquid) separating from the cheese solids. If the whey is still white, add some more lemon juice or vinegar and stir.
  • Once the milk has completely curdled, strain it through a cheesecloth or a muslin cloth. Rinse the cheese solids under cold water to remove any traces of lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Squeeze out any excess water from the cheese solids and hang the cloth for 30 minutes to let the remaining water drip off.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the cheese solids from the cloth and knead it with your hands until it becomes smooth and lump-free. Kneading will help to remove any remaining water and give the paneer a smooth texture.
  • Now, add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder to the paneer and knead it again until it forms a smooth dough-like consistency.
  • Grease a plate or a steamer basket with ghee and transfer the paneer mixture to the plate or basket. Flatten the mixture with your hands and make it into a smooth, even layer.
  • Fill a pot with water and place a steamer rack or a stand inside the pot. Place the plate or basket with the paneer mixture on the rack or stand.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and steam the Sandesh for 20-25 minutes on medium heat. Check the Sandesh after 20 minutes; it should be soft and spongy to the touch.
  • Once the Sandesh is steamed, let it cool down to room temperature. Then, cut it into your desired shape, such as squares or diamonds.
  • Finally, mix the ghee and water in a small bowl and brush it on top of the Sandesh to give it a glossy finish.


Your Steamed Sandesh is now ready to be served. You can garnish it with some chopped nuts or dried fruits if you like. This recipe yields about 20-25 pieces of Sandesh, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

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