Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rose-Coloured Kalakand Hearts

Kalakand is a much-loved sweet in Indian homes. It is milk-based treat that graces festivals, marriages, and many more celebratory events.

Kalakand has a melt-in-the mouth feel. It is grainy in texture often due to the multiple milk based ingredients that make it up. The best Kalakand is that which is gently sweetened and allows the combination of both flavour and texture to explode simultaneously in a single bite. Though almonds, cashews, and indeed even walnuts can be added to Kalakand, I find that this indulgent sweet holds its flavour best when paired with pistachio nuts! Needless to say, this sweet is for everyone who loves milk, adores fudge, and has the desire to give in to toothsome delights every so often. And with Valentine's Day round the corner, what better treat for your sweet than these dainty Rose-Coloured Kalakand Hearts!

340 gms (12oz) khoya/mava
1 cup full-fat milk
3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp pistachio nuts, chopped coarsely
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

  1. Coarsely grate the khoya.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the milk until it begins to boil. Add the grated khoya to the milk. Reduce heat, and blend well, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the khoya melts completely, add the ricotta cheese one tablespoon at a time and mix well.
  4. Cook this mixture on medium-high heat until it begins to thicken. Now add the cardamom powder, pistachios, and the condensed milk, stirring constantly.
  5. When the mixture starts to dry out and it will begin to leave the sides of the pan. Lower heat and cook till the mix dries out completely and begins to take the shape of a lump. You will notice the mixture change colour and acquire a faint rose shade.
  6. Grease a cookie sheet or square cake pan with ghee. Remove the Kalakand on to the sheet, pat down to achieve desired thickness, and let it cool.
  7. Using a sharp knife or cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes.
A heart for your Valentine
I am sending this recipe over to Zorra's Valentine's Day: A heart for Your Valentine and to Pooja at Theme of the Week - Valentine's Day. Enjoy the Kalakand with the entire family and friends. Mine can testify - there's no better way to say: I love You!!

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  1. This one is for me! Looks so delicious!

    Thank you for your participation.

  2. that really looks lovely , sweet dish for sweet heart :) .
    thanks for s haring and participating A J .

  3. Wow...this looks delicious!!!Thanks for sharing.

  4. good looking blog here! noticed the link to "click" on your sidebar is not going to the right URL. the URL for the event is



  5. Thanks Jai! Have updated the url accordingly.


  6. Hi, The kalakand looks so yummy. love it. Always have it when i visit India


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