Ras Malai

Salaam and Hello y’all!

Since the weather has been getting warmer, I figured I should post a recipe that helps beat the heat (literally and figurately, LOL).  Ras Malai is a Pakistani/Indian dessert made from milk solids (paneer) soaked in sweetened milk.  I used to make this recipe the traditional way, which included separating the milk solids from the liquids, and then forming a dough out of the solids.  The end result was phenomenal, but very labor-intensive.  So after spending hours upon hours of making Ras Malai the traditional way, I finally came upon a recipe that used powdered milk and cut down my cooking/prep/overall kitchen time down to 1/4 of what I was originally spending.

I got the original recipe from Diana’s Desserts, but I had to tweak it a little bit to suit our tastes.  I hope you give it a try!


Ras Malai

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 cups milk (can also substitute with half and half)
  • ½ cup sugar, or to taste
  • 3 cardamoms
  • Pinch of saffron
  • A few drops of kewra essence
  • Ground pistachios or almonds, for garnish


Begin by bringing the milk, sugar, cardamoms, and saffron to a boil over medium heat.

While waiting for the milk to come to a boil, combine the powdered milk, oil, egg, and baking powder to form a ball of dough. Make balls the size of a ping-pong ball and flatten them a little.

Add the balls of dough to the boiling milk, and reduce the heat once they start floating to the top. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and add the kewra essence and nuts. Serve chilled.

Note: Ras Malai tastes best after bring refrigerated overnight.



14 responses

  1. Oh wow. It’s 12 degrees C here and I feel like I’m getting frostbite but that didn’t stop me from getting mouthwatering sensations all sparked up! I’ve bookmarked this so I can try it out one day (even if it’s cold!) 😀

    Your blog is still new but I’m really liking it already. Keep up these great posts! 🙂 and add in the option for us to follow by email, I want to subscribe! 🙂 (should be in the widgets area)

  2. Thank you all for your kind words! I’m new to the blogging community, so all of these lovely comments have made me feel welcome 🙂
    Fatima, thanks for the tip! I’ll be adding the subscription option soon 🙂

  3. I’m French born and live in Australia. I love this dessert, my favorite one from the Indian sweet shop down the street… so i will try this very very soon. Thank you so much. 😉

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