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Rusgullas |Easy, Gluten-free

Rusgullas are one of the most iconic Indian desserts. Soft, spongy and gluten-free, this easy 5-ingredient recipe is sure to impress.

Rusgullas and Super Bowl?

Rusgulla is a very famous sweet from the state of West Bengal in India. Rusgullas are light and spongy balls made of chaina (whole milk curds left after separating whey) soaked in sweet syrupy yumminess. This rusgulla recipe dates back to Superbowl 2014. Superbowl?? You ask…what’s the connection here? Well the connection is that our hosts for the Superbowl party that year decided it was going to be a potluck style gathering where everybody brings a dish to share.

Rusgullas_Easy Gluten-free Indian Dessert

If I remember correctly I made some pistachio bundt cake…which was pretty awesome..until…another sweet friend, who was new in our town, brought rusgulla to the party. My pistachio cake totally lost out in the dessert game…just kidding. But yeah the rusgullas were pretty spectacular and every.single.person at the party was going on and on about how great the rusgullas were. And Dr. A made sure that I ask her for her recipe and try recreating the goodness. So I asked our sweet new friend if she would share her recipe with me and she happily agreed. So here it is: Mamta’s Rusgulla recipe!!

A Regular in Our House

After I tried making these..there has been no going back. So simple, so easy and so refreshing. Believe me – before we tried these homemade rusgullas – Dr. A and Ms. little A. would always eat them out of a can that we bought at the local Indian grocery stores… super sweet, super heavy and nothing like this homemade version. I have to admit though, that once these two opened a can, they would inhale all the 10-12 rusgullas that were in that nasty can..lol. We have never bought a can of rusgullas since spring of 2014.

Nutrition

MILK people..that’s the starting point of this recipe..do I need to say more? Well there’s rose water with its cooling and refreshing properties. And its a dessert so is not anyways supposed to be super-healthy..:P

 

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Full fat milk – 8 cups/ almost half gallon/ 2 liter

Vinegar – 4 teaspoon

Rose water – 3 teaspoons divided

Sugar – 4 cups
Water – 8 -10 cups 
Method:
In a big, heavy bottomed pan, add the milk and set it on a medium heat. Let it come to a boil and turn off the heat. Add vinegar – start with 2 teaspoon and mix. Keep adding vinegar till the milk curdles and you are left with milk solids separated from a translucent, almost yellowish liquid. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes so that the the curds develop further. These curds or solids will form our chaina.  Line a strainer with several layers of cheese cloth. Drain the curdled milk/chaina into the strainer lined with cheese cloth and run it under cold water. Turn the water off, and collect the corners of the cheese cloth, bring them together, twist them and squeeze out as much water as you can from the chaina.
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Press it and shape into a disc and put some weight on it to further dry it out. You may put a heavy pan full of water on top of it and set it at a place where it can drain. I normally put my marble rolling surface that I use to make flat breads on top of it. It is pretty heavy. I put it close to the sink so that it can directly drain into the sink without making a mess on my kitchen counter. Let it stay in that position for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
 
Kneading
Now if you have a stand mixer ( I love my Kitchen Aid), fit it with the dough hook and knead your chaina with a teaspoon of rosewater till its smooth.
 
If you are kneading with hands, lay it on a flat surface and knead and rub it with your palm for about 10-15 minutes till smooth. Don’t forget the rose water.
 
Meanwhile add sugar and remaining rose water to the water and set it to boil in a large pan (see note below). While you wait for the sugar syrup to boil, make small balls of chaina – I would say a little bigger than bingo balls..lol. You should get about 40 rusgulla balls. Make sure the balls are smooth with no cracks on the surface. If the balls are not smooth your rusgullas will break while boiling…:(
Rusgullas_Easy Gluten-free Indian Dessert
After the sugar syrup comes to a boil, add in chaina balls and cook it covered on medium flame for about 18-20 minutes till the balls puff up and float on the top.

Once done switch it off and let it cool down to room temperature. Take the rusgullas out in a bowl and cover with syrup and chill in the refrigerator. You will have lot of syrup leftover. I normally just discard the leftover syrup. Serve chilled!!!
 
This recipe does seem time consuming. But once you have tried making rusgullas once or twice, you will be all set and it is going to become a regular in your kitchen.
 
Note: I normally boil the rusgullas in 2 pots. Keep 4-5 cups water in each pan with 2 cups sugar and set to boil. Add half the chaina balls in each pan and cook covered for 15-20 minutes. I find this way, the rusgullas have enough space in each pan and they don’t stick to each other.
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Love – Vaishali.

 

20 Comments

  1. Lydia Smith

    March 26, 2019 at 10:16 am

    That’s so nice and i feel like having a taste of it too.

  2. Monidipa Dutta

    March 26, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I’m a bengali and rasgullas r truly out food. My recipe is a slight different from this.

  3. Ashli Ferguson

    March 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds very interesting!! and tasty!!

  4. Yonnah M at yonnahsays.com

    March 26, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    This seems like such a creative recipe. I have never heard of it. Would love to try it someday.

  5. Andrew

    March 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, I was looking for the recipe! Thanks for sharing

  6. Ara Patria

    March 27, 2019 at 1:56 am

    OMG! It looks delectable. I want to try it too in the future.

  7. blair villanueva

    March 27, 2019 at 3:40 am

    This is very creative and less cost! It is nice that it can serve chilled. Sharing this to my Momma.

  8. Urbanwows

    March 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Rasgullas are one of the Favourite sweeets of mine. Mouth watering..

  9. Hackytips

    March 27, 2019 at 8:38 am

    I once tried Rasagulla. It was tasty but looked cracky 🙁 I followed a similar recipe. Not sure what went wrong. Yours look yum!

  10. Dan @ Style High Guy

    March 27, 2019 at 8:48 am

    These sound so weird yet so tasty – definitely wanna give these bad boys a go!

  11. Hoang Vi Fessenden

    March 27, 2019 at 9:54 am

    I’ve never heard of these before!

  12. lore

    March 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    This reminds me of “Rasmali”, not sure if I spelled it right but look just like this one and i love it! Lol,,

    1. Vaishali

      March 28, 2019 at 9:44 am

      You are right, Lore. Rasmalai is basically rusgulla dunked in a milk and cream syrup instead of sugar syrup.

  13. Chantelle Hadden

    March 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I’ve never heard of these but I’d love to try them. Thanks!

  14. Aliya

    March 29, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I’ve never had this before but it sounds very yummy. Thanks for sharing

  15. Everything on a plate

    March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Gosh you are making us crave for ragullas and gulab jamuns

  16. Nina N

    March 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    It looks so fascinating and satisfying to look at. I don’t know why. lol. I definitely want to try this!

  17. Glorious Heights

    March 29, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Oh I love Rasgullahs.. thanks for sharing the recipe

  18. Samar

    March 31, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Well Well Well…
    I am from kolkata, Rosogolla is true love.

  19. Akriti

    April 1, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Ooh rasgullas! I love them. I’ve never made them at home though. Didn’t know they were so simple to make.

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