Kalakand – Happy Diwali!

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Kalakand – Happy Diwali!

I was thinking… should I post a Diwali recipe or not? These days I’m surrounded with Diwali celebrations, both virtually and in reality.  So, even though it’s a festival that we dont celebrate at home, there is no harm in starting something new, right? There wasnt any doubt about what to make, it has to be a sweet. Because, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Diwali is the red coloured printed “Mithai  (sweets) Box”. There is one more reason… it was Jose’s b’day yesterday and he loves this kinda sweets. So this year we celebrated his b’day with this wonderful sweet instead of a cake.

Now which sweet to make… that took some time because I didn’t want to make any complicated and time consuming one. I wanted a simple no fuss recipe and that’s how I ended up with this one.

I tasted this the first time, when My friend Simi made this for us. I remember she saying that it’s a very simple and quick sweet to make. I called her asking for the recipe, but since it’s Diwali time, I got a double dhamaka offer. Yep, she agreed to come to my place and make it with me, thank you Simi! :) We had a great time making this. It’s always nice to have somebody in the kitchen to keep you company, especially when you are making something like this… don’t you think so?

If you are yet to decide whether to join the celebrations or not, don’t hurry, you’ve time. Yep, this is something, you can make as a last minute thing :)

We, Jose and myself, Wish You a Happy and Safe Diwali!!

Check out the step by step pictures…

Soak kesar in 1 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins. Mash paneer coarsely…

Add condensed milk and milk powder to crumbled paneer. Heat the mixture in a thick bottom pan. Cook on low – medium heat with constant stirring till the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan…

Remove from the fire and spread onto a greased plate/tray. Level it with the back of a spoon or a spatula…

Sprinkle cardamom powder and saffron soaked in hot water & top with pista slivers. Refrigerate for a minimum of 45 mins to set. Cut into squares. Keep refrigerated…

 

For more Diwali / Indian sweet recipes, click here.

Recipe adapted from here.

Kalakand
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Recipe type: Indian Sweet, Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Condensed Milk – 1 tin (400g)
  • Paneer – 500 gms
  • Full fat milk powder – 2 heaped tbsp
  • Caradamom (Elaichi) – 4, powdered
  • Kesar (saffron) – a few strands
  • Blanched pistachio – 7-8, sliced
  • Ghee – ½ – 1 tbsp, for greasing
Instructions
  1. Soak Kesar/saffron in 1 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins.
  2. Mash paneer coarsely and mix in condensed milk and milk powder. Heat the mixture in a thick bottom pan. Cook on low – medium heat with constant stirring till the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan. Remove from the fire and spread onto a greased plate/tray. Make sure you dont spread it too thin. Level it with the back of a spoon or an icing spatula.
  3. Sprinkle cardamom powder (discard the skin and powder the seeds only) and saffron soaked in hot water & top with pista slivers. Refrigerate for a minimum of 45 mins to set. Cut into squares. Keep refrigerated.
Notes
If you are using frozen paneer, soak it in hot water for 20-25 mins, to soften it, so that you can mash it easily. To remove the skin of pistachio, soak it in hot water for 5-10 mins. It’s ideal to use a rectangular or square tray/tin for this. I used my swiss roll/jam roll tin. The thickness of the sweet depends on the type of plate/tray you use. You can serve it straight from the fridge. However keeping at room temp for 15-20 mins before serving, will make it more softer. You can store it in the fridge for 5-6 days in an airtight container.

 

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  • sheilanaik@gmail.com

    Happy Diwali Maria! Have tried this recipe and it is excellent!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks for the wishes and also for the comment :) Hope you had a wonderful Diwali!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Divya

    Hi Maria.. I tried this recipe for Diwali and it came out really gud.. This is one site from which I can blindly try any recipe. When I thought of making a sweet for Diwali Kalakand, was the first thing that came into my mind.. And it was a great coincidence that You posted the same for diwali.. Thank you so much.. Luv this site.
    Divya

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Divya,

      Thanks a lot for such a wonderful compliment. I’m really honoured to know that you trust the recipes posted here so much.

      Glad that you got the recipe on time :) Hope you had a wonderful Diwali!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/divya.kudua Divya Kudua

    Hope you had a wonderful Diwali Maria,and belated Birthday wishes to Jose!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Yes Divya and Jose says thank you for the wishes :)

  • Deepthi Ranjith

    hey i made this last sat..and it was really good (except the shape cos of my round low plate)..esp the sweetness was just right…my husband n friends loved it..thank you!!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome Deepthi! Glad to know that this one came out well for you. It’s my husband’s fav sweet too :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Deepthi

    Tried this also on this weekend…. came out yummy….. you made my sunday :) my son also liked this so much…. Thanks a lot maria chechi for making my cooking fun…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Deepthi dear. Great to know that your son also enjoyed this :)

      Btw, pls call me Maria ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Deepthi dear. Great to know that your son also enjoyed this :)

      Btw, pls call me Maria ;)

      Cheers
      Maria