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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Kalakand - Indian Milk cake / Quick Kalakand Recipe - Diwali special / Festive Cooking


Kalakand is a popular Indian sweet made out of solidified sweetened milk and cottage Cheese. Traditionally kalakand is made in a huge pan by boiling large amounts of milk , stirring continuously till it is thickened with sugar and dry fruits , which is quite cumbersome and time consuming.


 But this creamy delicacy can be easily made at home with few ingredients and comparatively short time. Crumbled fresh Paneer (Cottage Cheese) is mixed with Milk powder , Sugar and unsweetened condensed milk and cooked on a low to medium flame until thickened which takes just 12-15 minutes or so. It is further flavored with Cardamom powder and topped with lots of dry fruits .

                                

 This Diwali try out this super easy recipe and enjoy the melt in mouth creamy delicacy with your loved ones. I have made this with home made crumbled paneer. You may use store bought , but fresh Paneer will give better results. If you are using sweetened Condensed milk, you may reduce the sugar or completely omit it as per your taste.


Ingredients: Makes 9 medium size kalakand pieces.
  • 1 Cup Fresh crumbled Cottage Cheese / Paneer (200 gram)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk Powder (100 gram)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar (50 gram)
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened Condensed Milk (50 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp of Cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron 
  • 2-3 tbsp of Pistachios and Almonds for garnishing


  Method:
  1. Combine the crumbled Paneer, Condensed milk , Sugar and Milk Powder in a non stick pan and keep on gas stove with low to medium flame.

  2. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 12-15 minutes or until the mixture thickens and leaves sides of the pan while stirring continuously , scrapping the sides of the pan.



 4.  When the mixture looks dry enough with only little moisture content , put off the flame. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Immediately transfer the mixture to a greased deep thali (i have used cake pan ) and spread it evenly. 

  

   5.  Garnish it with Saffron strands, Almond and Pistachio slivers and pat it lightly so that they stick well to the kalakand. Cut it into desired shapes on cooling . 



  6. This kalakand remains fresh for 1 week on refrigeration. 



  For more sweet Diwali recipes , check my posts on Suji and Coconut Ladoos , Rasgulla Dates and Nuts LadooKhoya Gulab jamun , Nariyal BurfiAlmond and Chocolate Ladoo , Apple Rabadi , Anarsa


29 comments :

  1. Very helpful post poonam.This indian delicacy is definately one to be tried.

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    1. Thanks for the positive feedback . Happy Cooking !!

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  2. Superb recipe Poonam. You really are going to complete our festival celebration with sweetNess

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  3. Superb recipe Poonam. You really are going to complete our festival celebration with sweetNess

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    1. Thanks a lot Sangeeta Jain for your kind words . Wish you a very sweet festivity !!

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  4. This is one of my favourite sweets. I love your presentation n of course your stepwise pics.

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  5. Wow! Looks super yummmy!! Lovely clicks & perfect for Diwali!!

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  6. Kalakand looks so yummy and I feel like grabbing the whole plate. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. I am glad you liked it Pavani. Do give it a try

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  7. What a delightful sweet for Diwali, easy and fuss free recipe that can be made in less time.

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    1. Absolutely Jagruti ..kalakand is apt for any festive occasion .

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  8. Yum yum... an all time favorite of mine. These look so tempting... Who can say no to these.Love this instant version☺

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  9. Your kalakand version seems really easy... I will try it out...It looks delicious and yes, this is a festive special a must try treat :)

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    1. Yes Priya it is very easy Nd quick compared to the traditional method. Do share your feedback with us once you try it

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  10. Kalakand with milk powder has come perfect dear, this is one the best Indian sweet to make on Diwali. So quick and easy to make.

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  11. Wow. I love this sweet, but never tried on my own. I guess its time for me now. You explained so well and it looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for the share Poonam!

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    1. Do try it out Malini..i am sure you would love it.

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  12. That looks delicious, love the delectable toppings, it makes the dish all the more tempting !! With Festivities around the corner such quick desserts are more welcome !!

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  13. A tasty sweet which can be prepared in just a few minutes. Lovely share for the festival.

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  14. Oh! My why do you all post sweets with milk! I get so so tempted! My mouth is salivating already! Yum

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