Chanar Sondesh or Sandesh or Chanar Chhap Sandesh
I come and go, isn’t it. Life has not been easy. Well, it is not meant to be easy. But there are times when one needs to let it be-let life shape itself. Sooner or later it settles down and gives us the space we need- to see it from a different light. I went with the flow for years and suddenly, yes suddenly I realised all I needed is to take a step back . I did! And I here I am.
Better shaped mentally and physically. I have been better but I will get there. I took a pay cut by reducing a day of work. Which is a lot especially when I really need the money. But what I needed more was time with my daughter: to drop her to school and pick her. To wonder with her, to be irritated by her like a mother can only be, to grow with her. Needed time to watch TV without guilt, to cook and click photo and not to just cook for orders! But cook for myself! To clean and to water my plants. I needed time to do nothing! Nothing at all!
So Friday it is! Friday is my day from now!
Cooking is my happy space. So once I have done with things that I like more than cooking, I will try to be more regular in my cooking and blogging. So I am starting with something easy. I have done this one sometime before but it is my blog and I am allowed to cook the same recipe twice. Especially when puja is knocking on the door. What is Bengali life without it’s misti, right? So here is the recipe for ‘Chanar Sondesh’ a low sweet sondesh that can be made with sugar or Jaggery or without any sweet at all.
I have used my beautiful collection ‘sanjh’ or ‘chhanp’ to make the Sondesh/Sandesh. I have collected them over the time from various places. Some were from Noakhali made by grandmother at home. Those are the cemented one. They were passed on to me as heirloom. Some are wooden from Burnpur gifted by R’s brother in law. I happen to just mention that I wanted some and he made a run to the market in one hot summer afternoon to get me these beauties. Some are from Streets of Dhaka by my father. Those are made of plastic and are commonly used for making Pitha. And I have some that are gifted by my extremely talented food blogger friend Sayantoni of ‘ A Homemaker’s Diary’. Who would say I met her for the first time!!! She treated me to lovely tea and breakfast, took me all around Gariahaat to buy props for blog and gifted me with most precious stone made Chhanp. Sayantoni is kind and humane and wonderful. She is all so beautiful and an amazing cook. Please do check her blog http://www.ahomemakersdiary.com/ for amazing recipes