Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2021, Special Channar Payesh Recipe for Celebration

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Bengali sweets are unique in terms of their flavours and ingredients. Especially, sweets made with Channa (cottage cheese) are always loved by everyone. You will find a range of channa sweets in Bengal, which are all very unique in taste and appearance. With Janmashtami round the corner, here is a special recipe, “Channar Payesh”, a pudding made with cottage cheese. This recipe will taste best if you use homemade channa. Store-bought channa will not give the same taste as homemade channa have a more moist and soft texture.


  • Channa (paneer)- 200g
  • Milk- 1 and 1/2 litre
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Ghee- 3 tbsp.
  • Cardamom (Elachi) powder- 2 tsp.


  1. Take the channa (paneer) on a large plate and cut them into small cubes. (Mash the channa and make small balls with hand). Then keep them aside.
  2. Now take a pan and put it on flame. When the pan heats slightly, add three tablespoons of ghee and heat slightly on low flame.
  3. After the ghee heats, slowly place the channa cubes/balls on the pan and sauté it for about 5 to 6 minutes. 
  4. When the channa becomes slightly brown on all the sides, please take off the pan and put it aside.
  5. Now, take a large bowl and place it on the flame on a low flame.
  6. Pour the milk into the bowl and allow it to boil on medium flame.
  7. Keep stirring the milk while it boils to stop it from overflowing or burning.
  8. When the milk thickens up and becomes half in quantity, add the sugar and stir it for a while until the sugar melts. Make sure you turn the flame low before adding the sugar.
  9. Next, gradually add the sautéed channa cubes and stir the milk slowly for 5 to 6 minutes.
  10. Lastly, add the cardamom powder and stir it again for 2 minutes.
  11. After that, take it off the flame, and it is ready to serve.

*You can garnish it with chopped nuts, dry fruits, or raisins.