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Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Desserts, Top Ten Recipes: Must See | 29 comments

Cham cham the Authentic Bangladeshi Dessert

Cham cham or Chum Chum is a traditional Bengali sweet which comes in various colours. It is normally coated with mawa. Cham cham is for those who really really love sweet ( specially for my dad who has the sweetest tooth I ever seen).



. 2 litres milk

. 3 tablespoons white vinegar/ lemon juice

. 1 tablespoon sugar

.1 tablespoon semolina

.1 tablespoon plain flour

.1 tablespoon self raising flour

.1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

. 4 cups sugar for syrup

. 4 tablespoon sugar of caramel

. 2 tablespoon dry mawa

Also needs


. Deep large pan (28’’) with lid

How to make:


Check out my chhana recipe.

Cham cham:

1. Now need to squeeze the cheese to extract the water. Make sure the cheese has no excess water otherwise Cham cham will break into pieces.

2. The cheese needs to be kneaded 2 minutes. Then add sugar, semolina, plain flour, self raising flour and cardamom powder. Knead the cheese until your palm feels a little greasy. You can use food processor for kneading then it will be a lot easier.

3. Now divide the dough into 20 equal parts and make them into oval shaped ball.

4. Heat the pan with 7 cups water and add the sugar on medium high. Bring it to boil and add the balls to the syrup. Cover the pan with the lid.

5. Need to boil the ball 80 minutes but need add ½ cup of water in every 10 minutes.

6. Make caramel of sugar and add with syrup.

7. Cook 10 minutes more and turn off the heat. Add 1 cup of hot water in syrup and let it cool down.

8. Take out Cham cham from syrup and roll in mawa. Cham cham is ready to serve.

Rownak loves to cook bangladeshi food and share her bengali recipes on her cooking blog. Rownak is determined to introduce all the authentic bangladeshi cuisine to the world and let everyone realise what they were missing out! She is based on sunny Queensland (Gold Coast) in Australia. Rownak writes for a number of bangladeshi cooking blog.

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  1. hello
    ur dish looks delicious and i want to try ur chum chum. just 1 question….how did ur chum chum turn brown without frying??

  2. thanks for you question.For caramel it turns out brownish…. i use more caramel…if you use less caramel colour will be lighter….

  3. HI will the Caramel make the mishti brown?? why u did not use baking powder?? did the mishti became double without that??

    • baking powder in self raising flour will be double..caramel makes it brown…if you dont want to use caramel cook 2 hrs and 20 minutes..then it will be slightly brownish. thanks

  4. I was trying to make chumchum, but my chumchum didn’t trun double size when I was boiling them. I boil about 90minutes, it did trun brown, but very hard as syrup didn’t get in. where did I make the mistake?

    • there is chance that your Chhana is too dry or self raising flour is not working. Please make sure ingredients are fresh and right amount.

  5. If I double recipe how long I have to keepit in stove. is it 80 mins or more…thanks

    • Time and process will be same. but i hope enough large sauce pan for that. Thanks.

  6. I will make it but one question when I need to add the caramel?

  7. Hi Rownak,ami janta cai j caramel ta pudding bananor caramel er moto eki hoba?atar bapara aktu bujhiya bolla valo hoy.r thik kon somoyta mista caramel dibo.kotokhon rakhbo.why don’t you upload video of your recipe?that will be great help for us.I want to try it.

    • Love to make video but need helper for that. Hope to do it in near future. here in this recipe I add caramel after 80 minutes then cook 1o more minutes. but literally you add caramel in any time. same like pudding bananor caramel. Hope its clear now.

  8. Rownok apu, Self Raising Flower bolte ki bujhai? eta ki shudhu Moida naki onno kisu?

    • self raising holo moida r baking powder misano. please check your nearest grocery shop. thanks.

  9. Hi.I made was perfect but the colour isn’t can I make caramel perfect that gives me nice colour?

    • Please let me know which colour comes out in your one?

      • the colour was too light.I want brown colour.please let me know how can I make caramel.

  10. Hi Rownak, thanks for your chamcham recipe. I have been looking for this for so long.Could you please tell how to make the dry Mawa at home. I tried with cream but it turned out to be sticky not dry. Is the grocery store’s Mawa good to use in Chamcham?

  11. Rownak,

    Thanks for your blog. Great and easy to follow recipes. They’re a life saver when you’re abroad. Looking forward to trying them all…!

    Please keep it up.

    All the best,


  12. Apu, thanks a lot for this recipe. I was looking for this recipe for long time. today I made cham cham following your recipe. It was absolutely fine. everything was OK ( colour and size). But about sweetness it was not as sweet as those we buy from shops. and the syrup inside the cham cham was not sticky enough. It was really thin syrup (watery).. should I cook longer than 90 minutes? if so for how long?

    thanks once again apu 🙂

    • you can cook it about 2 hours and 15 minutes suppose to be too sweet. I hope that you haven’t used too much water. are you using measuring cup or not? you can check my lengcha recipe where i showed other way to make chamcham. Thanks

  13. I have one more question apu. What can I do with the leftover syrup?

    • with Cham Cham leftover syrup(this one will be caramelized )not much option. Only can make jilapi or badam bahar..badam bahar will be dark , you will not get white texture. Thanks

  14. Thanks apu for your reply. I am using measuring cup and spoons. I think I want sweeter :p so I have to cook atleast 30 more mins. I will check your other recipe 🙂

  15. Hi,Rownak.How r u?I made chamcham yesterday.It was perfect teste and colour.Many many thanks for this recipe.My daughter and Hubby like this.

  16. Hi Rownak, I was wondering if I can use a smaller size pot. What is the minimum size so that all the sweets will be okay in there?

    • Hi! You have nt mentioned smaller means”how small”. I will say to try with 1 litre milk. You can make smaller and bigger size chamcham as per your wish but remember it will be double in size when you are boiling it, so give enough space for that. hope it will help. Thanks.

  17. cham cham came out perfect. thanks a lot

  18. apu caramel ta ki kre banabo? Nd self raisin flour ta ki ami bashae banate parbo ? Moeda nd baking powdr die


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