Baked Paneer/Cottage cheese Rings in honey and dates syrup – Mild sweet

Panner Rings final


These paneer rings are made from indian cottage cheese (Panner).  Usually panner is made using whole milk but here I used low fat milk and baked these rings in oven and then soaked in dates syrup. This is definitely a treat for those who looking for healthy and natural sugar sweet.

Fried sweets and sugar are such a fetching one and once a while having sweets and fried snacks are a treat. However when there is a craving for sweet and can’t go with sugar and fried one this will be a great way to enjoy without any guilt.

Yields: 12-14 rings
Preparation time: 10 minutes (Excluding panner making)
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 18 – 20 minutes


For paneer rings:

  • Semi-skimmed milk- 4 Pints (~2 liters)
  • Lemon juice-from 1lemon
  • Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
  • Baking powder-1/2tsp
  • Icing sugar – 2-3 tbsp (Optional add as per sweetness)
  • Maida/all purpose flour-1-2tbsp
  • Oil- for toasting

Dates syrup:

  • Dates molasses- ¼ cup
  • Honey – 1/3 cup (Increase/Decrease as per sweet desired)
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder- ½ tsp
  • Saffron strands


  • Chopped nuts


For paneer:

  • Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan and add the lemon juice. Keep stirring, until the milk starts to curdle and let the whey water become clear.
  • Let it stand for 4-5 minutes. Line a sieve/colander with a muslin or cotton cloth. Pour the curdled milk into it.
  • Wash the strained paneer under running water to remove the strains of lemon juice.
  • Wrap and place a heavy dish on it until all the water has been drained out (~30 minutes).
  • Store in an air tight container wrapping it in muslin cloth or cling film for later use.

For Rings:

  • Panner can be used immediately by combining with maida, cardamom powder, icing sugar, baking powder and knead to make a smooth dough.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 150deg C. place a cooling rack on the baking tray and line the rack with the baking sheet and set aside (I used rack as it helps in even cooking)
  • Take small portion of the dough and roll into rope and round it to circle and arrange on the lined rack.
  • Repeat with the remaining paneer dough and then bake for 18- 20 minutes at 150deg C. flipping after 10-12 minutes.

For the syrup:

  • Combine dates molasses and water in a sauce pan and bring it to boil and let it simmer for 4-6minutes or until thickens.
  • Stir in Cardamom powder and saffron starnds.
  • Turn off the flame; Then add honey as desired

For servings:

  • Once the paneer rings are baked add it to the dates and honey syrup
  • Soak in syrup for about an hour
  • Transfer into the serving dish and garnish with nuts


  • You can use store bough Panner as well
  • If the dates syrup is more concentrated, feel free to add extra water
  • Panner doesn’t suck much of syrup and hence the sweet will be mild.
  • Icing sugar can be added more to panner dough to enhance the sweetness

Enjoy this low sugar mild sweet for Deepavali/Diwali


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on October 22, 2014, in Indian, Sweets and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.


  2. These sound so delicious chitra. I want to be your neighbor, I would drop by to sample your delicious food.


  3. Miam, miam! I love these! I eat lunch a couple times a month a local Indian restaurant that serves these in ball form soaking in a light syrup. I usually put two of them in a bowl then I top it with rice pudding, and a sweet chutney they have. I’m sure they’re not regularly eaten this way, but I likeit and find it, OH so good! #1 Grandson loves them too. I’ve never tried to make them.

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    • Ya those are Rasgullas. .. these are similar kind usually Rasgullas are steam cooked but here I just baked it.. thanx a zillion bunch for such an amazing and encouraging words…am truely blessed and it boosts me up to explore more and more… thanx again…good day… 🙂 🙂

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  4. Chitra,
    Every dish you share with us is a joy..i want to go and live in your house!

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  5. Happy Diwali Chitra…….now you are in a mood of making sweets 🙂 ……they look tempting dear 🙂


  6. These look scrumptious!


  7. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  8. Yum, these look so delicious Chitra! Happy Diwali to you and your family 🙂


  9. Diwali time and yumm innovative sweets


  10. Happy Diwali to you and your family Chitra 🙂 Wow these are so tempting…How do you cook so innovative all the time 🙂 You are a great inspiration 🙂 ❤

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