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Chum Chum Recipe

Chum Chum

Ingredients Required

To craft Chum Chum, gather the following ingredients:

For the Chum Chum Dough:

  • Milk
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • All-purpose flour (maida)

For the Sugar Syrup:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • A few drops of rose water or cardamom powder for flavor

For Garnishing:

  • Sliced pistachios
  • Silver leaf (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Let's delve into the process of making Chum Chum:

Preparing the Chum Chum Dough:

  1. Making Chenna (Paneer)

    • In a large pot, heat milk until it comes to a boil.
    • Add lemon juice or vinegar to curdle the milk, stirring gently.
    • When the milk curdles completely, strain it through a muslin cloth to separate the whey from the chenna (paneer).
  2. Kneading the Dough

    • Transfer the chenna to a clean surface and knead it until it becomes smooth and soft.
  3. Forming Chum Chum

    • Divide the dough into small portions and shape them into cylindrical or oval Chum Chum pieces. They should be about 2-3 inches in length.

Cooking Chum Chum:

  1. Boiling Chum Chum
    • In a large pan, bring water to a boil and gently add the Chum Chum pieces.
    • Let them boil for about 10-12 minutes. This process is called blanching and helps in firming up the Chum Chum.

Preparing Sugar Syrup:

  1. Creating Sugar Syrup

    • In another pan, combine sugar and water.
    • Heat it until it reaches a thick, sticky consistency.
  2. Soaking Chum Chum

    • Gently dip the boiled Chum Chum pieces into the hot sugar syrup.
    • Allow them to soak for about an hour to absorb the sweet syrup.

Garnishing Chum Chum:

  1. Adding Flavor and Garnish
    • Add a few drops of rose water or a sprinkle of cardamom powder to the Chum Chum.
    • Garnish with sliced pistachios and, if desired, silver leaf for a touch of elegance.

Tips for Perfect Chum Chum

  • Knead the chenna thoroughly to achieve a smooth, lump-free dough.
  • Ensure the sugar syrup is sufficiently thick to coat the Chum Chum evenly.
  • You can add saffron strands for a delightful color and flavor.

Flavor Variations

While classic Chum Chum is flavored with rose water or cardamom, you can experiment with variations by adding flavors like kesar (saffron) or pistachio.

Serving and Storage

Serve Chum Chum fresh or store them in the refrigerator. They can be enjoyed for several days when stored in an airtight container.

The Sweet Conclusion

Chum Chum, with its exquisite simplicity and delightful flavor, is a testament to the culinary richness of Bengali cuisine. Whether you're making it for a special occasion or just to savor a piece of West Bengal's heritage, Chum Chum is a sweet delight that's sure to please.

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