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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

Rasogolla
Rasgulla
Rasgulla
Nanaji Rasgulla
Rasgulla
Kaleva Rasgulla
Buy Now Rasogolla
Bikano ₹ 200
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Rasgulla
Haldiram ₹ 200
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Rasgulla
KP Das ₹ 200
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Nanaji Rasgulla
Nanaji ₹ 90
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Rasgulla
Patanjali ₹ 180
Refreshed 2 years ago
Buy Now Kaleva Rasgulla
Kaleva ₹ 205
Refreshed 2 years ago
Highlights
MRP (Rs)
Rasogolla : 200
Rasgulla : 200
Rasgulla : 200
Nanaji Rasgulla : 90
Rasgulla : 180
Bangla Rasgulla : -
Kaleva Rasgulla : 205
Unit Price of 100 Grams (Rs)
Rasogolla : 20
Rasgulla : 20
Rasgulla : 20
Nanaji Rasgulla : 18
Rasgulla : 18
Bangla Rasgulla : -
Kaleva Rasgulla : 20.05
Weight (kg)
Rasogolla : 1 kg
Rasgulla : 1 kg
Rasgulla : 1 kg
Nanaji Rasgulla : 0.5 kg
Rasgulla : 1 kg
Bangla Rasgulla : 0.5 kg
Kaleva Rasgulla : 1 kg
Best Before (Months)
Rasogolla : 12
Rasgulla : 5
Rasgulla : 6
Nanaji Rasgulla : 6
Rasgulla : 6
Bangla Rasgulla : 6
Kaleva Rasgulla : 6
Marketed/Manufactured by
Rasogolla : Bikanervala Foods Pvt. Ltd, Delhi
Rasgulla : Haldiram’s Snacks Pvt. Ltd, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Rasgulla : KP Das & Co., Mumbai
Nanaji Rasgulla : Nanaji Namkeen Udyog Pvt. Ltd, Delhi
Rasgulla : Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Bangla Rasgulla : Bangla Sweet House, Delhi
Kaleva Rasgulla : Kaleva, Delhi
Paremeters Tested
Weight of rasgulla
Rasogolla : 437.3 Gm
Rasgulla : 545.5 Gm
Rasgulla : 543.3 Gm
Nanaji Rasgulla : 314.4 Gm
Rasgulla : 523.9 Gm
Bangla Rasgulla : 295.8 Gm
Kaleva Rasgulla : 488 Gm
Declared Weight of Rasgullas
Rasogolla : 400 Gm
Rasgulla : 400 Gm
Rasgulla : 400 Gm
Nanaji Rasgulla : 200 Gm
Rasgulla : 400 Gm
Bangla Rasgulla : -
Kaleva Rasgulla : 500 Gm
Rasogolla : It was not detected at all in Bikano
Rasgulla : It was not detected
Rasgulla : The lead content found in KP Das is 0.82
Nanaji Rasgulla : It was not detected
Rasgulla : Lead content was found within the prescribed limit
Bangla Rasgulla : The lead content in Bangla was 0.36
Kaleva Rasgulla : It was not detected
As per FSS Regulations, in canned rasgulla the lead should not be more than 2.5 mg/kg by weight.
  • 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.
Rasogolla : Tin content was not detected
Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
Nanaji Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
Bangla Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
Kaleva Rasgulla : Tin content was not detected
As per FSS Regulations, in canned rasgulla the maximum permissible level of tin is 250 mg/kg by weight.
  • 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
Rasogolla : Packed in tin container
Rasgulla : Packed in tin container
Rasgulla : Packed in tin container
Nanaji Rasgulla : Packed in tin container
Rasgulla : Packed in tin container
Bangla Rasgulla : Packed in tin container
Kaleva Rasgulla : Packed in tin container

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.
Rasogolla : Correct labelling as required
Rasgulla : Correct labelling as required
Rasgulla : Correct labelling as required
Nanaji Rasgulla : Correct labelling as required
Rasgulla : Correct labelling as required
Bangla Rasgulla : All brands except Bangla had correct labelling.Bangla’s markings did not have manufacturing date and MRP.
Kaleva Rasgulla : Correct labelling as required
The importance of marking cannot be overemphasised, as it gives information about the characteristics of the product and/or claims of the manufacturer, all of which help consumers in choosing the product. The following particulars are mandatory for marking/labelling on each pack of rasgulla:
  • 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
  • MRP
  • 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.
Customer-Care Details
Customer Care No.
Rasogolla : 1147006709
Rasgulla : 1202400286
Rasgulla : 9999944938
Nanaji Rasgulla : 112784666
Rasgulla : 1334240008
Bangla Rasgulla : 1123344371
Kaleva Rasgulla : 1123744513
Observation
Rasogolla : Working
Rasgulla : Working
Rasgulla : Working
Nanaji Rasgulla : Working
Rasgulla : Working
Bangla Rasgulla : Working
Kaleva Rasgulla : Working
Email ID
Rasogolla : customercare@bikano.com
Rasgulla : sales@haldirams.com
Rasgulla : Not provided
Nanaji Rasgulla : nanajinamkeen@gmail.com
Rasgulla : feedback@patanjaliayurved.org
Bangla Rasgulla : banglasweethouse@yahoo.com
Kaleva Rasgulla : info@kalevaindia.com