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Chum Chum

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Chum Chum

  • Sweet
  • Veg
  • 50 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy


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Nothing looks more appetizing or inviting than a platter of chum chum. Chum chum is a much-loved Bengali dessert served during festivals like Diwali. This dish comes in a variety of colors ranging from light pink and yellow to white. It is typically shaped like an oval and covered with coconut shavings or powder. These treats are bite-sized and easy to prepare. So you don’t have to wait for Diwali. Simply make some today!

Health Benefits

While sugary treats are not healthy when consumed in excess, you can certainly have a piece or two of chum chum for a quick energy boost.

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How to make Chum Chum

  1. Prepare and drain paneer.
  2. Place the drained paneer on a dry, clean surface.
  3. Knead for 3 to 4 minutes until a you get a smooth dough.

Note: If the paneer is too crumbly, add a teaspoon of water.

  1. Divide the paneer dough into 8 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth oval-shaped ball.


  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a wide saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and stir to dissolve completely.

Note: Use a large pan as the paneer balls will double in volume while cooking in the syrup.

  1. Add the paneer balls to the syrup and bring it back to a boil.
    1. Turn down the heat to medium and cover the pot.
    2. Cook for 10 minutes.
    1. Turn the chum chums over and cook for another 15 minutes.
  2. Check to see if the chum chums appear firm but sponge-like with little holes on the surface.
  3. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 more minutes.
  4. Remove the chum chums from the syrup.
  5. Serve chilled and enjoy! 


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