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Ras malai, also known as Rossomalai (rōśomālāi), is a Bengali and Punjabi dessert. It has been described as "a rich cheesecake without a crust".[1] It is considered to be a variation of the rasgulla in which syrup is replaced with thick milk.[2]

Ras malai
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Alternative namesRossomalai, Roshmolai
Associated national cuisineBangladesh, India, Pakistan
Main ingredientschhana, malai, sugar
VariationsComilla's roshomalai


Origin and etymologyEdit

Ras malai is believed to have originated in Bengal. The K.C. Das Grandsons confectioners claim that it was invented by K.C. Das, but this claim is said to be "impossible to verify".[3]

The name ras-malāi is the Hindi cognate which comes from two Bengali words: rōś, meaning "juice", and molai, meaning "cream". The latter is said to have entered the Bengali language through the Persian word "balai", meaning cream of milk.


Ras malai consists of flattened balls of chhana soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavoured with cardamom. Milk is boiled and a bit of vinegar or lime juice is added to split it. The whey is discarded and the milk solids are drained, cooled and kneaded into a dough. The dough is divided into small balls and the balls are cooked in hot water with a bit of rose water added. The balls are then cooked in milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing.[4][better source needed].


Different types of rasmalai can be found in different areas. In Dhaka and Rangpur, the rasmalais are similar in shape to the rasgullas.[2]

The Angoori Ras Malai is a modern variation of Rasmalai.[5] In this dessert, the paneer or whey is made into small round balls the size of grapes (that is why the name Angoori).[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Catherine Soanes, Angus Stevenson (2003). Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 1459. ISBN 0198613474.
  2. ^ a b Mahmud Nasir Jahangiri (2012). "Sweetmeats". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ Michael Krondl (2011). Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert. Chicago Review Press. pp. 71–72. ISBN 978-1-55652-954-2.
  4. ^ " on Ras Malai". Retrieved 6 November 2006.
  5. ^ Neelam Batra. 1,000 Indian Recipes. Wiley Publishing Inc.,New York. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-7645-1972-7. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  6. ^ Gurdip Kohli Punj. "Soft Angoori Rasmalai". Retrieved 29 August 2018.

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