Milk, full cream - 1lt
Eggs - 5
Sugar - 1 cup
Channa/Paneer, crumbled - 300gm
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Cardamom, crushed into powder - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon, crushed into powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 Cup for Caramel Sauce
Step1 Heat 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 tsp of water in a pan to melt it. Pour the caramelized sugar into a flat round mold and let it cool.
Step2 Mix the Eggs, Sugar in a bowl and blend it till the sugar dissolves.
Step3 Add the milk, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder and vanilla essence to the mixture and blend it further till the mixture is smooth
Step4 Add half the crumbled channa/ paneer into the mixture and stir it in softly so that the paneer crumbles don't turn into fine pieces.
Step5 Pour the mixture onto the glass bowl containing the caramelized sugar.
Step6 Pour the remaining half of the crumbled chenna/ paneer on top of the mixture so that the chenna layer can form a base once the pudding is turned upside down
Step7 Steam it either by baking or using a pressure cooker for about 30 minutes. OR for Baking , preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C. Place the mold with the mixture in a large, deep baking pan. Pour hot water into the baking pan till it is about 1" below the rim of the mold Bake it for 45 minutes. (Test whether the pudding is done by inserting a toothpick in the center of the pudding. If it comes out clean it means that the pudding is done)
Step8 To serve,place a plate over the mold and turn the pudding gently onto the plate. The caramel side should be up.
Step9 Serve the sandesh pudding chilled with the caramel sauce poured out generously !