The rasgulla is a very popular dessert from South Asia that owes it's origins to India's coastal state of Orissa in the east. During the chariot festival that is held in the holy city of Puri in Orissa, the rasgulla has been used as an offering to the female Hindu deity, Lakshmi for over 300 years. In the nineteenth century, the recipe was discovered and popularized by enterprising confectioners in Kolkata, whence it spread all across India.
The rasgulla is considered to be South Asia's first "wet" cheese based desserts, and a precursor to many Oriya and Bengali delicacies, such as Chhenagaja, Chhenapoda, Kheersagar, Rasmalai.
A quick recipe for another Oriya dessert, the Kheersagar is to replace the water in Step 7 with unsweetened evaporated milk. Alternately, use a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and regular milk in equal proportions in place of sugar and water.