Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coconut Kalakand

Kalakand, (Hindi: क़लाक़न्द) is a popular Indian sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese. It is one of the most commonly available sweets in the shops during festivals in India.

Serve:  15 (medium square pieces)

Preparation time:  1 hour (plus cooling)


Milk:                                       2 liter
Coconut powder:                    1/2 cup
Lemon juice:                           1 tablespoon
Sugar:                                     1/2 cup
Pistachio:                                15 pieces crushed roughly
Ghee:                                      1/2 teaspoon
Silver varq (optional)

1) Boil 1 liter of the milk in a large, thick-bottomed pan. Add the lemon juice to it. Once the chenna (cottage cheese) separates from the milk sieve the mixture with clean cheesecloth and strain the excess water. Wash it under fresh running water.
2) Boil another liter of milk till it reduces to half. Keep on stirring the milk with a spoon at short intervals so it doesn't stick at the bottom of the pan.
3) Now add chenna to the milk and stir it continuously. Cook the mixture till it gets thick and looks like mawa/ khoya. Add sugar and coconut powder to it and stir the mixture. Cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfi.
4) Grease an aluminium tray with ghee. Pour the mixture into the tray and level the surface. Leave to set for a few hours in a cool, dry place or a refrigerator. When completely set, decorate with silver varq and cut into squares or diamonds. Sprinkle the sliced pistachios on top.


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