Kalakand Recipes Diwali Sweets Recipes

Diwali Sweets Recipes
Diwali Sweets Recipes

kalakand recipe

ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)

400 grams sweetened condensed milk, 1 tin or can
250 to 300 grams paneer or 2 cups tightly packed grated or crumbled paneer
¾ tsp cardamom powder or 6 to 7 green cardamoms, crushed in a mortar-pestle to a fine powder
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
1 tsp rose water (optional)
10 to 12 pistachios
10 to 12 cashews or almonds
7 to 8 strands of saffron (optional)

how to make the recipe:

1. grate 250 to 300 grams paneer. you can also crumble the paneer. if the paneer is refrigerated, then i suggest to grate it. if using freshly made paneer or chenna, then you can crumble it. crumble finely. there should be no chunks in the crumble. you should be able to get about 2 cups of tightly packed grated or crumbled paneer.

2. take 1 tin/can (400 grams) of sweetened condensed milk in a thick bottomed pan or kadai. i used amul mithai mate.

3. add the grated or crumbled paneer to the condensed milk.

4. mix very well.

5. i did add some sugar as i felt the sweetness was less for us. i added 1 tbsp sugar. you can check the taste and add sugar accordingly.

sugar for kalakand recipe

6. keep the flame on low or sim and cook this mixture of condensed milk and grated paneer.

cooking kalakand mixture

7. meanwhile grease a pan or a thali with some ghee or oil.

thali for kalakand recipe

8. stir the mixture often so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

stir kalakand mixture

9. the kalakand mixture will start thickening as it simmers and begins to cook.

stir kalakand mixture

10. when the mixture gets thickened well, switch off the flame. it took me 15 minutes on a low flame. depending on the quality of your pan, pan thickness and size, flame intensity it may take 12 to 16 minutes. the mixture just need to get thickened well like you see in the below pic. the mixture should not look dry and some moisture should be there.

kalakand mixture

11. remove the pan from the flame. add ¾ tsp cardamom powder. stir very well.

cardamom powder for kalakand recipe

12. now pour the kalakand mixture in the prepared pan/plate/thali.

kalakand mixture in thali

13. shake the pan so that the mixture spreads evenly. you can also level with a spoon or spatula. crush coarsely pistachios, saffron and cashews or almonds in a mortar-pestle. you can also slice the dry fruits.

kalakand mixture for making kalakand recipe

14. sprinkle coarsely crushed dry fruits or thinly sliced dry fruits all over the kalakand.

dry fruits for kalakand recipe

15. gently press the dry fruits with a spoon. cover and allow the kalakand to become warm or cool completely at room temperature. cover with a foil or lid and then keep in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.

making kalakand recipe

16. the kalakand after keeping in the fridge.

making kalakand recipe

17. slice kalakand with a knife. in case if you cannot slice the kalakand, then don’t worry. you can just serve it with a spoon like a halwa. it still tastes delicious.

kalakand recipe, kalakand

serve kalakand as a sweet or as a dessert.

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