• ½ Liter (1 pt) Milk
  • 2 tsp. Flour (maida)
  • ¼ tsp Lemon Juice
  • 240 ml (1 cup) Sugar
  • 240 ml (1 cup) Water
  • 4-5 drops Rosewater Essence


  1. Heat milk in a pan and bring it to boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Add lemon juice. Stir slowly and gently until white curd forms on the surface and separates from whey. On straining this milk, the curd that is obtained is called "chaana".
  3. Wash chaana well under cold running water to remove the lemon juice and other soluble products and twist the cloth that was used for straining to extract water.
  4. Knead chaana to make smooth dough. Add flour and knead again.
  5. Make small balls of equal size (6-7) of the dough and keep aside. 

Next make sugar syrup.
  1. Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to boil.
  2. Add chaana balls to the syrup and cook for 15 minutes with lid partially covered.
  3. Chaana dumplings will puff up.
  4. On cooling, add rose water essence.

Additional Tips
  • The chaana must have no water.
  • The kneading must be done really well. The dough must be really soft. You can use a food processor to knead the dough.
  • The balls must be really smooth without any cracks.