I have experimented with Bengali Sweets a lot and this is one of my innovations!I made a plain Chum Chum and painted it on top with edible food colours making it an edible example of Modern Art.I used liquid food colours and a plain silicon brush to paint over the colours resulting in very pretty and delicious Chum Chum!
Preparation Time : 1 hour
Chilling Time : 12 hours
Setting time : 2 hours
Makes : 15 pieces
300 gms homemade chenna (see recipe here ←)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp Rose essence (optional)
1 tsp Kewra essence (optional) you can use Cardamom or saffron as per your taste
Edible food colours – I used green,strawberry pink,saffron yellow and orange jalebi colour
Silver varakh to decorate (optional)
Knead the chenna for 20 – 25 minutes till smooth and satiny.Take lime sized portions and roll them into oblong shapes.Press to give them the characteristic Chum Chum shape.
Boil the water and sugar in a pressure cooker and when it comes to a vigorous boil add the prepared Chum Chum.Close lid and allow to come to 1 whistle.Lower the heat to the lowest point and cook for 5 minutes.
Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.Open the lid and transfer the Chum Chum with the syrup into a glass bowl.Refrigerate overnight.
Next morning take all colours on a plate.Remove the Chum Chum from the syrup and drain.Arrange evenly on a plate.Dip the brush in the syrup and then into the colour.Paint the Chum Chum randomly with the colours to create a beautiful multicoloured top.
Leave the Chum Chum in the refrigerator for the colours to set.It will take 1 1/2 – 2 hours.Remove and cover with silver varakh.Serve.