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Kalakand is a popular Indian sweet made of paneer/cottage cheese and condensed/evaporated milk.

Milk - 8 cups (about 2 litres)
Lemon juice - about 2 tbsp
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods
Saffron/Kesar - few strands
Almonds/Badam - 2
Sugar - 3 tsp
Ghee/Clarified Butter

1. Boil half the milk (4 cups) in a thick bottom vessel.  Add lemon juice as it comes to boil.  Turn off the heat and let it rest for about 15 minutes.  Once the curdling starts, milk solids/paneer and a clear liquid/whey will be formed.
2. Use a strainer/sieve to separate paneer and whey.  Discard the clear liquid/whey or it can be used for kneading chapati dough.
3. Crush the cardamom seeds in a mortar pestle to a fine powder.  Dice the almonds into thin slices.
4. Add the remaining (4 cups) milk.  Boil till milk reduces to half its quantity.  Now add paneer and boil till the mixture thickens, stirring continuously.  When moisture is lost, add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron.  Continue cooking till mixture forms a lump and Kalakand is ready.  You can also add about 1 tbsp nuts (coarse powder) along with sugar.
Indian Kalakand
5. Grease a plate/tray with few drops of ghee.  Spread the Kalakand evenly on the plate and garnish with sliced almonds.  Refrigerate for about an hour and cut into squares.


  1. Good mal similar word is there kalkandam that is sugar rock candy . The sweet looks delicious .

  2. yummy ... never tried this .. .thanks for the recipe ... a must try

  3. I've never tried this but it looks delicious!

  4. yummy looking sweet. will surey satisfy my sweet tooth. a must try.

  5. i love this sweet dish a lot,whenever i go to india i make sure to have this one...thanks for the recipe uma

  6. It looks like milk fav. superb

  7. One of the desserts that tops my fav list ;-)It's been a while since I made this...looks tempting Uma :-)

  8. Wooow!!! kalakand looks superb Uma,, i like sweets lot next to motichoor laddu i like this milk sweet paal kova,,simply superb dear very nice n rich sweet for all time.thanks for sharing dear,,take care n keep on smiling,,Hv a great weekend,,

  9. My favourite milk sweet, its has been a long i prepared them, ur clicks pulling me to make out soon..

  10. Love this sweet..haven't made it quite a long time now..made barfi recently..

  11. Thanks Premalatha, Sarah, PranisKitchen, Preeti, Michele, Kshipra, Madhura, Sushma, Krishnaveni, Gulmohar, Sathya, Priya, Jagruti for your lovely words.
    Thanks Pranita and Sathya for its other names Kalakandham and Paal Kova. Malayalam and Tamil names. And Pranita, thanks for the site info too.
    Sushma, I started making it after coming to US.. kinda forced to.. i love it so much.

  12. Loved the recipe and would want to make now :):)

  13. As always, you are encouraging Ms.Chitchat. Thanks for being there.

  14. Hey Uma, thanks a lot for the Kalakand...I guess among all I am the lucky one who got to taste this awesome dessert,I must say,this sweet was perfect in all the way... we both loved it a lot....I have book marked ur Folks do try this at home...

  15. am glad you both liked Kalakand Ramya.
    Thanks for the feedback.


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