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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Easy and Quick Kalakand | Microwave Recipe | 5 Rakhi Special Indian Sweets

It is again the time of year when we celebrate 'Rakhi' or 'Raksha Bandhan'. It is the Indian festival to celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. I had written about it last year when I had shared these decadent chocolate truffles.


This year I decided to go for Indian sweets for this special occasion. So, in this post I will present you with 5 recipes to choose from for your dear brother. Of course the first one is this rich milk based sweet - Kalakand. It is prepared by condensing milk which requires great patience as it needs constant stirring and slow prolonged cooking. Such tedious process is often a deterrent to making this sweet at home. But when I saw this microwave version on Suma's blog , I tried it instantly and since have made it many times. It is so quick and easy that you will not think twice to try it.

This recipe needs just 2 main ingredients: freshly made paneer or cottage cheese and condensed milk. Suma had used ricotta cheese but homemade paneer works like a charm too. I have tried it with both cheese and didn't  find any difference.

Recipe Source: Veggie Platter

For homemade paneer: (yields 1 cup of fresh paneer)
1.25 litre whole milk
3-4 tbsp lemon juice

Process:
1. Bring the milk to boil. When it boiling add the lemon juice. The milk will curdle instantly. Take it off gas immediately. 
2. Separate the whey from the cheese using a strainer. Squeeze out excess water of the cheese. No need to squeeze out every drop of whey, what we need is just a soft cheese. This should yield about a cup of paneer.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh paneer
1 condensed milk tin (400 gm). It measures around 1 cup in volume.
4 cardamom pods pounded
Chopped pistachios for garnish

Process:

1. In a large microwave save bowl mix the fresh paneer and condensed milk such that the mixture is uniform.
2. Microwave it for 10-12 minutes stirring every 1 minute. By the end of this process all the liquid will have evaporated. If it is not so at the end of 12 minutes, continue it for a couple of more minutes.
3. Line a tin with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly. Sprinkle the cardamom powder over it and garnish it with chopped pistachios. 
4. Let it cool down to room temperature and then slice it in desired shape. At this point the kalakand slices may not hold its shape. It is always a good idea to refrigerate it over night or a couple of hours to get firm slices. Enjoy a slice cold.


Wondering what else you could make,why not try any of these:


Basundi/Rabri

Bread Ras Malai

Malai Kulfi

Let me know what special you are making for Rakhi.

Linking it to Jagruti's event - Rakhi - a thread of love.

Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!

10 comments:

  1. I'm def going to try this! awesome recipe...

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  2. Hi Jyoti
    Kalakand looks awesome..yes in M/W is very easy..I love this sweet, can finish one tray very easily in one go :-D I know being very greedy..:-D
    Have a lovely Rakhi. I have made Dudhi Halwa and my baby made Mango Biscotti for her little Brother.
    Thank you for the linking it to my event.

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  3. Yum yum ...those pics make me drool

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  4. I love kalakand and this looks like a very easy to make recipe. I'd definitely give it a try.

    By the way all those sweets look really good...I could so enjoy that kulfi now :-)

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  5. Hey Jyoti

    I made these kalakands and they were a real delight. I made a chocolate version of it though :-) Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

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  6. wow... Jyoti kalakand looks so delicious and beautiful... i bookmarked it...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  7. how yumm is that!!!!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

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  8. I have never heard anything like this before. It’s completely novel.
    Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.milk is my favorite and I have one sitting in my kitchen.
    Good to see the
    I would like to say that this blog really convinced me, you give me best information!
    Thanks, very good post.
    Well said.
    Wonderful blog & good post.

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  9. Indian Sweets in Delhi | Indian Sweets in Delhi/NCR
    You want to buy fresh sweets and Indian sweets so please come to kanwarjis Sweets. Kanwarjis is a best sweets shop in Delhi/NCR, Indian Sweets in Delhi.

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