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Microwave Ricotta Cheese Kalakand

microwave kalakand
Kalakand is an Indian milk fudge which needs no introduction. Condensed milk adds a nice creaminess to any mithai and also reduces its cooking time.  If you are looking for a hassle free and shortcut version of Kalakand, this microwave recipe is perfect.

Ingredients:
Ricotta Cheese - 15 oz (425 gm)
Sweetened Condensed Milk - 14 oz (396 gm) 
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 2 pods (seeds only)
Saffron/Kesar - few strands
Butter or Ghee (Clarified Butter) - about 1 tsp
Pistachios - 5

How to prepare Kalakand in a microwave:
  • Crush the cardamom seeds and saffron strands in a mortar pestle to a fine powder.  Finely chop pistachios or any nuts of your choice.
  • Grease a big microwave safe bowl with few drops of ghee.  Add condensed milk and ricotta cheese.  Stir with a spoon so that ricotta cheese lumps are dissolved.
  • Ricotta cheese works great as a substitute for fresh paneer/Indian cottage cheese.
Indian Kalakand
  • Microwave this milk and cheese mix for about 10 minutes. After every 2 minutes, stir with a spoon.  Microwave again for 8 - 9 minutes.  Keep checking and stir after every 1 minute to avoid burning.  I microwaved this Kalakand mix for 19 minutes.  This time may vary depending on the microwave.
  • Add cardamom and saffron.  Microwave it for a couple minutes more or less until it turns granular and moisture is lost.
  • Grease a plate with few drops of ghee or butter.  Spread the hot mix evenly and garnish with chopped nuts.  While the mix is still hot, make cuts with a knife to form squares.  Let it cool before cutting the square pieces. Keep it refrigerated.  Serve Kalakand in cup cake liners.

13 comments:

  1. Super irresistible kalakand, love this shortcut methoda anytime.

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  2. kalakand looks perfect uma. :)

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  3. looks perfect :)
    I tried your recipe at home "EGG CURRY" it was awesome!!
    thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hey Harman, it is always gratifying to know that my recipes are loved.
      I appreciate your feedback :)

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  4. i tried this for eid.. n it was a hit.. but it wasn't white as my saffron showed it's colour!! but still everyone loved it. thanks.. - Syeda

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    1. Hi Syeda,
      Glad to know that you tried and loved Kalakand. I appreciate your feedback.

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  5. Hi Uma I made it just now (1st Time) for Ganapati...and Its too goodd...amazing...only diff I initially did it in microwave...but it oozed out..so I made on gas...its turned out fantastic...

    I have also tried ur vaal papdi...v just loved it...

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    1. Hi ManasMom, am happy that you loved both kalakand and val papdi. To avoid this oozing thing, I use a big bowl and stop the microwave after every 1 minute.
      I appreciate you taking the time to write to me. Thanks :)

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  6. Hi Uma, Can i use carnation milk powder instead of condensed milk

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    1. Hello Sonya! I haven't tried milk powder. My guess is Kalakand might get a little dry with milk powder as compared to condensed milk.

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  7. easy recipie ... i made it and came out well!!

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