Punjabi Grocery Deli Restaurant – Lower East Side NY
114 E 1st Street
New york, New York, NY 10009
I was first discovered Punjabi Grocery through my friend Olivier many years ago when I first moved to NY. (We were drunk in the lower east side and wanted some cheap food and it totally hit the spot.) Like LaHore, Punjabi Grocery caters to the taxi driver populace. Cabbies come for the food and coffe but also other items that you’d expect from a cab driver which explains the expansive collection of Indian/Pakistani music tapes and fresh rolls of printer ribbon for the taxi receipt machine located behind the counter. I guess this place gets pretty busy cause there’s also an armada of 4 microwaves on top of the counter standing ready to heat up a quick meal for a hungry customer.
A couple weeks ago I went back to this place to try out the Ras Malai. Ras Malai is an sweet Indian dessert that taste a little like yogurt a little like cheese. It was delicious and got me searching on the internet for a recipe. Here you go… Enjoy!
Ras Malai (Indian Fresh Cheese Dessert)
Courtesy of Chef Mohan Parmar, Shivnanda, Philadelphia, PA
Makes 6-8 servings
1 gallon whole milk
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tsp. flour
8 cups water
2 cups sugar
6 pods of green cardamom
1/2 tsp. rose water
To make cheese dough, bring milk to boil in a large saucepan. Add vinegar. Pour curdled milk through a cloth strainer (to separate curds from the whey.) Sprinkle flour over cheese curds and fold in with spoon or to form dough. Form small balls of dough (approx. 1/2 ounce each.) Flatten the balls into patties.
Combine water, sugar and cardamom in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add flattened dough balls to syrup and cover. Cook over low flame for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate for 1 hour. Add rose water and serve cold. (This is a famous dessert of the Bengalese of Calcutta.)