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Kalakand recipe with step by step photos – this is a two ingredient quick and tasty kalakand (Indian milk cake) recipe in 15 minutes.

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Kalakand is a rich milk cake. one of the popular Indian sweets. The traditional way of making kalakand sweet is a long one and takes some time. Milk is curdled a bit with the use of alum or curd and simmered on a low flame till it thickens considerably. There are other methods too of making kalakand.

This kalkand is a jhatpat (quick) recipe. Only two ingredients are required sweetened condensed milk and paneer or chenna. Stir for 15 minutes. Allow to set the kalakand for a couple of hours and you have the kalakand ready. Paneer can be made a night before and refrigerated. Thats what I did.

From the taste and texture you won’t come to know that the kalakand is made from condensed milk. The recipe gives a moist and granular textured kalakand.

I wanted to add kalakand recipe from a long time. During Diwali I had a small batch of kalakand but did not add the recipe. Some days back I made kalakand sweet again. This time I took pics so that I can add in the blog too.

In the kalakand, you can add dry fruits as well flavorings of your choice. I usually add cardamom powder and rose water. You can even add saffron or for a fusion kind, even vanilla extract will be good. The recipe yields about ½ kg kalakand.

How to make kalakand sweet or milk cake

1. Grate 250 to 300 grams paneer. You can also crumble the paneer. If the paneer is refrigerated, then I suggest to grate it. If using freshly made paneer or chenna, then you can crumble it. Crumble finely. There should be no chunks in the crumble. You should be able to get about 2 cups of tightly packed grated or crumbled paneer.

paneer for making kalakand recipe

2. Take 1 tin/can (400 grams) of sweetened condensed milk in a thick bottomed pan or kadai. I used amul miThai mate.

condensed milk for making kalakand recipe

3. Add the grated or crumbled paneer to the condensed milk.

paneer for kalakand recipe

4. Mix very well.

making kalakand recipe

5. I did add some sugar as I felt the sweetness was less for us. I added 1 tbsp sugar. You can check the taste and add sugar accordingly.

making kalakand recipe

6. Keep the flame on low or sim and cook this mixture of condensed milk and grated paneer.

cooking kalakand recipe

7. Meanwhile grease a pan or a thali with some ghee or oil.

making kalakand recipe

8. Stir the mixture often so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

making kalakand recipe

9. The kalakand mixture will start thickening as it simmers and begins to cook.

making kalakand recipe

10. When the mixture gets thickened well, switch off the flame. It took me 15 minutes on a low flame. Depending on the quality of your pan, pan thickness and size, flame intensity it may take 12 to 16 minutes. The mixture just need to get thickened well like you see in the below pic. The mixture should not look dry and some moisture should be there.

preparing kalakand recipe

11. Remove the pan from the flame. Add ¾ tsp cardamom powder. Stir very well.

cardamom powder for making kalakand recipe

Setting kalakand

12. Now pour the kalakand mixture in the prepared pan/plate/thali.

kalakand mixture in thali

13. Shake the pan so that the mixture spreads evenly. You can also level with a spoon or spatula. crush coarsely pistachios, saffron and cashews or almonds in a mortar-pestle. You can also slice the dry fruits.

kalakand mixture for making kalakand recipe

14. Sprinkle coarsely crushed dry fruits or thinly sliced dry fruits all over the kalakand.

dry fruits for making kalakand recipe

15. Gently press the dry fruits with a spoon. Cover and allow the kalakand to become warm or cool completely at room temperature. Cover with a foil or lid and then keep in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.

making kalakand recipe

16. The kalakand after keeping in the fridge.

making kalakand recipe

17. Slice kalakand with a knife. in case if you cannot slice the kalakand, then don’t worry. You can just serve it with a spoon like a halwa. It still tastes delicious.

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Serve kalakand as a sweet or as a dessert.

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kalakand recipe

4.87 from 23 votes
Indian milk cake recipe - moist, granular two ingredient kalakand recipe in 15 minutes. Made with paneer and sweetened condensed milk.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Sweets

Servings 16 pieces or total 500 grams
Units

Ingredients

  • 400 grams sweetened condensed milk or 1 tin or can
  • 250 to 300 grams paneer or 2 cups tightly packed grated or crumbled paneer
  • ¾ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder) or 6 to 7 green cardamoms - crushed in a mortar-pestle to a fine powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (optional)
  • 10 to 12 pistachios (pista)
  • 10 to 12 cashews or almonds (kaju or badam)
  • 7 to 8 strands of saffron (kesar) - optional

Instructions

preparation for kalakand recipe

  • Grease a pan or a thali with some ghee or oil.
  • Crush coarsely pistachios, saffron and cashews or almonds in a mortar-pestle. You can also slice the dry fruits.
  • Grate 250 to 300 grams paneer. You can also crumble the paneer. If the paneer is refrigerated, then I suggest to grate it. If freshly made, then you can crumble it. Crumble finely. There should be no chunks in the crumble.

making kalakand sweet

  • Take 1 tin/can (400 grams) of sweetened condensed milk in a thick bottomed pan or kadai. I used amul mithai mate.
  • Add the grated or crumbled paneer to the condensed milk. Mix very well.
  • I did add some sugar as I felt the sweet taste was less for us. I added 1 tbsp sugar. You can check the taste and add accordingly.
  • Keep the flame on low or sim and cook this mixture of condensed milk and grated paneer.
  • Stir the mixture often so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • The kalakand mixture will start thickening as it simmers and begins to cook.
  • When the mixture gets thickened well and looks like one mass, switch off the flame. 
  • It took me 15 minutes on a low flame. Depending on the quality of your pan, pan thickness and size, flame intensity it may take 12 to 16 minutes. The kalakand mixture should have some moisture and should look dry.
  • Remove the pan from the flame. Add 3/4 tsp cardamom powder. Stir very well.

setting kalakand

  • Now pour the kalakand mixture in the prepared pan (plate or thali).
  • Shake the pan gently so that the mixture spreads evenly. You can also level with a spoon or spatula.
  • Sprinkle coarsely crushed dry fruits all over the kalakand.
  • Gently press the dry fruits with a spoon. Cover and allow the kalakand to become warm or cool completely at room temperature. Then keep in the fridge for a couple of hours for it to set.
  • After it sets, slice the kalakand and serve. In case if you cannot slice the kalakand, then don't worry. You can just serve it with a spoon like a halwa. It still tastes delicious.
  • Serve kalakand as a sweet or as a dessert.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 105mgSugar: 14gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 0.1mg

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95 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the super easy recipe. I loved cooking it. It’s so simple to make. I had prepared it for several occasions and every one loves the richness of kalakand melting in mouth.

  2. Hi Dassana,
    How much milk to use to make the required paneer at home? Should it be whole milk?

    Thanks,
    Chehak

    1. Hi Chehak, yes you will need whole milk – about 2 litres of milk to get the paneer quantity in the recipe. The paneer made will be slightly more, so measure and add it.

    1. sonia, looks like kalakand got cooked too much. just sprinkle or brush some hot milk from top and the kalakand will soften.

  3. Hi Dassana,
    First of all thanks to your step by step photo and explanation in every pic helps me a lot as i am not comfortable with video ones. The best thing about your recipe is your way of explaining. It helps a novice like me to understand what mistakes i can do and what are the tips to improve upon.
    The kalakand came out very good and it did not crumble down. I am so happy 🙂
    Happy diwali to you and your family and thanks for sharing the recipes!!!5 stars

    1. Welcome Manisha. Thanks for your appreciation and kind words. Glad to know that you liked the kalakand recipe as well as its presentation. Wishing Happy Diwali to you and your family.

      1. Hi..very eager to try this recipe for the upcoming Gowri Ganesha festival. Wanted to know how long it will stay fresh if refrigerated? Also, I would be using store bought paneer. Would 100 gms be enough for one tin of Nestle milkmaid?

        1. It will stay good for a week in the refrigerator. You will need more paneer. 100 grams won’t be enough.

  4. thank you so much for this wonderful recipe, Dassana. any suggestions on how do i make a mango-flavoured kalakand? that’s my favourite.

    1. thanks anu. for mango flavored kalakand add some thick mango pulp after you add paneer. if the mango pulp is sweet, you can skip sugar. you can add about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of thick mango pulp.

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