Kolkata’s Famous Sweet: Chom Chom

Kolkata's Famous Sweet: Chom Chom

Kolkata is known for its festivals like Durga Pooja and its scrumptious food. It is especially popular for its sweets. The most famous sweets of Kolkata are Sandesh and Chom chom.

It was originated in Porabari, Bangladesh. It is made with curdled milk, sugar, cardamom and saffron. This sweet delight is available in colours like, pink, white, yellow, and brown. You can buy this dish from the local sweet shops of Kolkata or else you can also make it fresh at home. Yes, you can make it at home with this chom chom recipe.

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Per piece of chom chom contains 255 kcal

  • Carbohydrates  153g
  • Protein  22g
  • Fat 81g
Prepare time: 40 min
Cook: 1 hr
Ready in: 1 hr 40 min


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  • 5 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp Semolina
  • Pinch of baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups of water

Method For Making Chom Chom At Home

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  1. Take a heavy bottom pan, add a generous amount of milk and let it boil. Turn off the flame.
  2. Now, take a bowl and add water and vinegar. Mix well.
  3.  Then pour the prepared mixture into the milk. Stir well until curdled.
  4. Now set a cheesecloth on a strainer and pour the curdled milk onto the cloth.
  5. After that, wash it under running water and press it gently to remove excess water.
  6. Now transfer chenna into a bowl. Then add semolina, baking powder and knead for 5-6 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Take a small portion from the dough and make an oval-shaped ball from it.
  8.  Repeat this process and make oval-shaped balls from the remaining dough.
  9. Take a pan, add water, sugar and let it boil.
  10. After the first boil, add chom chom and cardamom. Boil it again for 20 minutes on high flame.
  11. After 20 minutes, add 1 cup of water and repeat this process for 3 hours and cook it on medium flame.
  12. When it gets golden brown in colour, turn off the flame and let it cool.
  13. Store chom chom with sugar syrup in a refrigerator.

The chom chom is ready to serve. Serve it cold and enjoy this Bengali delight.