Kalakand


During this Diwali festival I made Kalakand. This recipe is very quick and easy.Kalakand can be made in many flavors and ways. Using cottage cheese Homemade paneer to make this. it’s a traditional indian sweet dessert prepared from condensed milk and Paneer ,flavored with cardamom powder. 

traditionally it is prepared by evaporating and solidifying the milk. later this thick milk is curdled, to which sugar is added and then cut into desired shapes.

I am sharing this recipe is a quick and instant version prepared by soft and moist paneer with condensed milk. hence the evaporation and curdling process which takes significant time is totally skipped. moreover no extra sugar is required as condensed milk contains sufficient amount of sweetness.

do check my other indian sweets Recipes,kheer and if you love saffron flavor then check recipes kesar Kalakand

kesar burfi

kesar peda

MilkPowder Burfi

Ingredients

2 cup or 500gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 tbsp milk powder

1-2 drops of screw pine Essence (optional)

Almonds Slivered -6-8

Blanched and Silvered pistachios 8-10

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

1 tsp clarified butter/ghee to greased

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Method

Heat a nonstick pan and add crumbled paneer always use fresh homemade paneer as they will be more moist and fresh.further add condensed milk and milk powder.mix well making sure the condensed milk and paneer are mixed well.

mix and mash continuously till the mixture thickens.keep the flame on medium and keep stirring.cook on medium flame till the condensed milk melts completely and the mixture starts to thicken.

add cardamom powder and saffron water mix well,keep stirring till the mixture starts to separate the pan and forms a like a dough,add screw pine essence and turn off flame transfer the mixture to the greased plate or square box or any dish ,level it up and set to a block making an inch thick.

add finely chopped pistachios and almonds or any nuts of your choice.press gently with the back of spoon so that the nuts stick to kalakand.

cool completely for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes if you are in hurry,however, cooling naturally will make kalakand more moist and tasty so leave on kitchen counter.

cut the kalakand into square pieces or your choice either rectangle or diamond Shape.

finally serve or store instant kalakand for a week by refrigerating.

Notes

either use grated homemade paneer or crumble with hand.

use any dry fruits for garnishing of your own choice.

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MilkPowder Burfi


It’s a simple and easy burfi recipe or milk powder fudge recipe prepared with just 4 ingredients including milk powder, milk, ghee and sugar. It’s an ideal indian sweet recipe perfect for every indian festivals which can be prepared without much hassle and no complicated steps to follow.i prepared this to offer goddess Durga as Bhog on this pious occasion of Navratri.

Original recipe of famous blogger hebbarskitchen which i adapted and Tweaked so here i am sharing my version of Burfi which i flavored with Saffron and Screw pine essence (kwera water)

do check my other sweets recipes collection , kesar Kalakand ,coconut almond ladoo ,dulche de leche coconut ladoo and many more Sweet Recipes from my blog with this post of milk powder burfi recipe. 

Ingredients

¼ cup ghee / clarified butter

¾ cup milk

2½ cup milk powder

½ cup sugar

10-12 Strands of Saffron thread (optional)

1/2 tsp of Screw pine essence

For toppings

2 tbsp almonds, chopped

2 tbsp pistachios, chopped

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Method

Heat a non stick pan ,firstly, add in ghee and milk.keeping the flame on low,add milk powder and sugar or add more sugar if required or you like more sweetness.

mix well making sure everything is combined well.stir continuously keeping the flame on low and no lumps formed.also stir till the sugar dissolves.

now keep stirring keeping the flame on low till milk thickens and add saffron thread .furthermore, the milk forms dough after stirring for 10 minutes.do not over cook, as the burfi turns chewy.

now the dough separates from the pan.add in screw pine essence and combine well.Turn off Flame.

transfer the prepared dough into greased plate lined with baking paper.set well forming a block.now top with few chopped almonds and pistachios and press slightly.

allow to set for 2 hours, or till it sets completely.now unmould and cut into pieces square or diamond or rectangle of your choice finally, serve milk powder burfi or store in airtight container.

Notes:-

firstly, prepare the burfi on low – medium flame, else the milk powder burns.top the burfi with dry fruits of our choice like Cashew Nuts to make it more attractive or you can skip it.

If you like plain burfi then don’t add saffron just add 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder,instead of screw pine essence you can add rose essence or don’t add any essence ,you can Skip it .

additionally, add more sugar to make burfi more sweet if you like.

burfi stays good for 2 weeks when refrigerated

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kesar Kalakand


Beginning of this Navratri festival I made Kesar Kalakand. This recipe is very quick and easy.Kalakand can be made in many flavors and ways. Using cottage cheese Homemade paneer to make this. it’s a traditional indian sweet dessert prepared from condensed milk and Paneer ,flavored with Saffron and cardamom powder. 

traditionally it is prepared by evaporating and solidifying the milk. later this thick milk is curdled, to which sugar is added and then cut into desired shapes.

I am sharing this recipe is a quick and instant version prepared by soft and moist paneer with condensed milk. hence the evaporation and curdling process which takes significant time is totally skipped. moreover no extra sugar is required as condensed milk contains sufficient amount of sweetness.

My daughter love Saffron flavor ,so i prepared this one for her and my family loved all type of Sweets.

do check my other indian sweets Recipes,kheer and if you love saffron flavor then check other recipes.

kesar burfi

kesar peda

kesar badam halwa

rava kesari

milk rava kesari

Ingredients

2 cup or 500gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 tbsp milk powder

1 tablespoon Kesar/saffron

2 tablespoon warm water

Pinch yellow color(optional)

1-2 drops of screw pine Essence (optional)

Almonds Slivered -6-8

Blanched and Silvered pistachios 8-10

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

1 tsp clarified butter/ghee to greased

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Method

Soak saffron in warm water and leave aside for 10 minutes. Wait till water changes it colour to yellow-orange.

Heat a nonstick pan and add crumbled paneer always use fresh homemade paneer as they will be more moist and fresh.further add condensed milk and milk powder.mix well making sure the condensed milk and paneer are mixed well.

mix and mash continuously till the mixture thickens.keep the flame on medium and keep stirring.cook on medium flame till the condensed milk melts completely and the mixture starts to thicken.

add cardamom powder and saffron water mix well,keep stirring till the mixture starts to separate the pan and forms a like a dough,add screw pine essence and turn off flame transfer the mixture to the greased plate or square box or any dish ,level it up and set to a block making an inch thick.

add finely chopped pistachios and almonds or any nuts of your choice.press gently with the back of spoon so that the nuts stick to kalakand.

cool completely for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes if you are in hurry,however, cooling naturally will make kalakand more moist and tasty so leave on kitchen counter.

cut the kalakand into square pieces or your choice either rectangle or diamond Shape.

finally serve or store instant kalakand for a week by refrigerating.

Notes

either use grated homemade paneer or crumble with hand.

if you want to make original kalakand then skip adding saffron water for white kalakand.

I haven’t used food colour ,if you like bright yellow which you see at sweets shop ,then one can add food color , however this is totally optional.

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Stuffed Gulab Jamun


Gulab Jamun is among India’s most popular desserts during a festival or major celebrations .It gets its name from two words: Gulab which means rose (for the rose flavored syrup) and Jamun which is a kind of deep purple colored  berry.traditionally it is prepared using milk solids, known as khoya  it’s  kneaded into a dough, and then shaped into small balls and deep-fried at a low temperature .The balls are then soaked in a light sugary syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water, or saffron.

I am sharing my version recipe  of gulab jamun using milk powder stuffed with raisins

Ingredients For sugar syrup

2 cup sugar

4 cup water

1 tsp rose water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

saffron strands(soaked)optional

For jamuns

1 cup unsweetened milk powder

1-2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

Raisins (for stuffing)20

1/3 cup whole milk

oil for frying

Method

Place sugar,water and cardamom powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and watch for the sugar to dissolve. Once it’s dissolved, add saffron & boil for another minute. Turn off heat & add rose water then keep syrup aside.

In a mixing bowl, add milk powder , baking soda, all-purpose flour & mix well.Then add ghee and.milk a little at a time and mix till it forms a dough. You may not need all of the milk.When a soft, sticky dough forms, stop adding milk. Cover and let the dough stand for about 20 minutes.

After resting, the dough will be less sticky, airy and a little firmer. If it’s too loose, sprinkle a little flour. If it’s too dry, add a little milk.Knead the dough a few times more till it becomes soft .Dip your fingers in oil or ghee, divide the dough ,stuffed with raisins and roll them into balls no cracks. Dip your fingers in oil /ghee or butter to avoid sticking.

Heat enough oil to deep fry in a saucepan pan on medium-low heat. Drop a small pinch of the dough in the oil to test the temperature. The dough should sink to the bottom and then slowly rise to the top. If it sits in the bottom of the oil without bubbling, the oil is not hot enough. If the dough rises and browns too quickly, the oil is too hot.

Add  balls a few at a time and fry in oil on medium-low heat. Stir and turn the balls frequently so they brown evenly.When brown, remove from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on several layers of paper towels.Repeat with all the dough. Let fried ball.Add the ball to the sugar syrup. Stir gently so fried balls are well coated in syrup.Cover and let the gulab jamuns soak in the syrup for at least an hour before serving.

Tips :-
1) soft dough & balls without cracks,make small size ball.once soaked in syrup it became double in size.

2) while frying don’t keep on turning  balls ,once u drop in pan/kadai.let it come up on own.then do it very slowly once -twice

3)Sugar syrup neither very thick nor thin

4)If Gulab jamun doesn’t soak syrup,heat it for 2-3 min ,once u see it’s boiling a bit ,turn off heat & leave .

Kesar Burfi


Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (Barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.