Canned Rasgullas - Just dessert?
“I am starting to think that maybe memories are like this dessert. I eat it, and it becomes a part.of me, whether I remember it later or not.” ~ Erica Bauermeister, The School of Essential Ingredients
Rasgulla, also spelled as rasogolla, is a popular Indian traditional sweet prepared generally from milk and is a good source of milk proteins. It comes across as one of the lighter sweets, which is perhaps the reason many of us tend to consume two, three, four, or more rasgullas in one go. However, let us not forget the sugar part of it – after all, it is boiled and served in sugar syrup. What else matters when it comes to rasgullas, one may wonder. This is the subject of the following report on seven brands of canned rasgullas. Apart from the regular packing and marking checks, this report will tell us things about rasgulla-to-sugar-syrup ratio as well as lead and tin contents.
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Milk is first boiled and curdled, usually by adding an adequate quantity of whey. It is then filtered by pouring it into a mull bag. The curd is collected and cooled by immersing the mull bag in cold water. When sufficiently cooled, the bag is taken out and the excess fluid gently squeezed. The sweet curd called chhena is then kneaded to a creamy consistency and made into small balls, rasgullas, which are immediately boiled in previously clarified sugar syrup for about 10 minutes. The rasgullas, along with hot sugar syrup, are filled in sterilised cans. The filled cans are immediately sealed and cooled.
Keeping in view the considerable amount of interstate trade and the export market of rasgullas, quality control is an essential aspect.
Side by Side comparison
- Lead content was found within the prescribed limit in all the brands.
- It was not detected at all in Bikano, Haldiram’s, Nanaji, Patanjli, and Kaleva.
- The lead content in KP Das and Bangla was 0.82 and 0.36, respectively.
- Tin content was not detected in any of the brands.
Tin is used principally in the production of coatings used in the food industry. Food, particularly canned food, therefore represents the major route of human exposure to tin. The main adverse effect on humans of excessive levels of tin in canned beverages or canned foods is acute gastric irritation. Excessive intake of tin can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, and headache.
For General Qualities
The material shall be packed in sterilised cans or any other suitable container with as little air as possible. The container should preclude contamination with metals or other impurities.
- All the brands were in tin containers.
- Name of material, trademark, or brand name, if any
- Name and address of manufacturer
- Batch or code number
- Net weight
- Date of manufacture
- Nutritional claim
- FSSAI license number
- The words ‘Best before’ (date to be given by manufacturer)
- A statement to the effect that the material should be kept in a cool place
- Customer-care details
- Logo indicating ‘vegetarian’ status
- All brands except Bangla had correct labelling. Bangla’s markings did not have manufacturing date and MRP.