Rating: 4.53 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Ras Malai is cheese dumplings in cream sauce. This is a popular Indian dessert and takes a long time to prepare the traditional way. I came up with some shortcuts and ended up with this recipe which tastes exactly the same as traditional Ras Malai.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
85 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 dumplings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Blend the ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup sugar together in a bowl with a hand mixer; divide the mixture between 12 muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Arrange the cheese balls onto a dessert platter.

  • While the cheese bakes, pour the half and half into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat; simmer 10 minutes. Stir 1 cup sugar, the cardamom, rose water, and saffron into the half and half and simmer another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Drizzle the cooled mixture over the cheese balls. Sprinkle the almonds and pistachios over the cheese balls to serve.

Nutrition Facts

216 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 25.6g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 33.4mg; sodium 71.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
This recipe is AWESOME. I have lived in Dubai for two years where there is plenty of authentic Indian food so I can testify that this Ras Malai is indeed very authentic and of great flavour. I used part skim ricotta cheese but it has not affected the result. This dessert is truly outstanding. One tip is to take the cheese balls out when they are warm since mine broke a little bit after they are cold. Read More
(28)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/05/2011
I was so excited about making this due to the rave reviews. However it was really disappointing. None of my guests liked it. I have to say that the sauce was delicious! And you could for sure get away with making half the sauce recipe unless you plan on drinking it. The cheese dumplings/cakes just weren't that good...kind of dry. Perhaps overcooked them. On goes my search for a good and easy dessert that incorporates rose water:( Read More
(4)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
This recipe is AWESOME. I have lived in Dubai for two years where there is plenty of authentic Indian food so I can testify that this Ras Malai is indeed very authentic and of great flavour. I used part skim ricotta cheese but it has not affected the result. This dessert is truly outstanding. One tip is to take the cheese balls out when they are warm since mine broke a little bit after they are cold. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2009
This is a great alternative to the traditional way of making ras malai I actually find this much yummier:) I use a 9x9 baking pan and cut the cheese into squares after baking and cooling. I find that this makes the cheese less likely to look brown-ish when in the syrup. For the syrup I use 2 cans of evaporated milk and some whole milk. Just possible suggestions! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I absolutely love this dessert when I go out for Indian food and was so happy to find a recipe I could make at home. Unfortunately I didn't have the saffron or cardamom on me as it was a spontaneous decision to make it. The cardamom would have really made it better but they were still delicious! I made mine with rose water (it says optional but I say mandatory!) and with Stevia instead of sugar (1 tsp Stevia = 1 cup sugar). Yum!! Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
great dish. i found the milk sauce to be a bit too sugary; 3/4 c sugar is more than enough to flavor the sauce. otherwise this recipe is perfect and really does taste like authentic ras malai. thanks so much for a great recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2011
Everyone before me has basically said it all. I just want to thank you for such a simplistic but completely perfect recipe! This is way better than any traditional method seeing the result is authentic perfection in the less the time AND work! Your awesome. Followed it to the T. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2012
This was just beautiful. The texture aroma taste and presentation were stunning. I added an organic rose petal to each serving. Probably a bit too elegant for my simple dinner of "Kofta Kebabs" and "Naan" but I really didn't care! Read More
(5)
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Rating: 3 stars
11/04/2011
I was so excited about making this due to the rave reviews. However it was really disappointing. None of my guests liked it. I have to say that the sauce was delicious! And you could for sure get away with making half the sauce recipe unless you plan on drinking it. The cheese dumplings/cakes just weren't that good...kind of dry. Perhaps overcooked them. On goes my search for a good and easy dessert that incorporates rose water:( Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2010
Made these for my Indian themed luncheon & got rave reviews!! Delicious & very easy to make! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
Love it! Ras Malai has always been one of my favorite desserts and I was happy to find out that it's so easy to make! I followed the recipe exactly (except I left out the saffron) and it came out wonderfully. Definitely add the rosewater. Read More
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