Chocolate Kalakand

October 23, 2022mayurisjikoni

Event: Sunday Funday

Theme: Diwali Party On 23rd Oct

Recipe: Chocolate Kalakand

Chocolate Kalakand takes the ordinary traditional kalakand to a new level. With the addition of grated chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder, this kalakand is much loved by kids and chocolate lovers. To hasten the process of making this time consuming sweet dish or Indian mithai, I have used ready made paneer, milk powder and sweetened condensed milk.

Is Kalakand Same As Barfi?

No it not. While barfi or burfi sets well on cooling, kalakand as such does not set well. It remains soft. Also one cannot store kalakand at room temperature for days as it contains fresh paneer. It must be stored in the fridge in a container. Chilled kalakand tastes delicious. It is also known as Indian Milk Cake. The overall texture of kalakand is soft but crumbly much like a cake.

Traditionally, full fat milk was boiled with alum till it was reduced to a solid mass. However, this took hours to prepare and was hard work. But, these days kalakand is made with paneer, reducing the cooking time considerably.

How To Make Paneer

In India, it is easy to get fresh full fat soft paneer. I tend to use ready made paneer when in India. Paneer sold in Kenya and Canada tends to be a bit hard. Therefore, I make the paneer at home. It is very easy to make paneer at home.

  • Heat about 1 to 1½  litres of full fat milk till it  comes to a boil.
  • Add 2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to it while stirring the milk.
  • The milk will begin to curdle. When you see that the milk solid has come together into lumps, switch off the heat.
  • Take a cheesecloth or muslin cloth. Drape it over a big sieve or colander. Place this under a big bowl to gather the whey.
  • Pour  the curdle mixture into the prepared cheesecloth.
  • Gather up the ends of the cloth and drain out the whey.
  • Dip this cloth ‘moneybag’ in normal tap water to remove the sourness of the lemon juice or vinegar. Alternately open up the cloth with it still in the sieve or colander and wash the paneer under running water.
  • Keep a heavy block of wood or stone to allow the water to drain out.
  • For kalakand we need the paneer to be soft so don’t make it hard.
  • If you want to use the paneer for a curry, you need to shape the curdled milk into a square or a disc. Place something heavy over it till it becomes hard. Cut into pieces and use.

 

The Group Sunday Funday And Theme

Oct 24th 2022 is Diwali. I requested members of Sunday Funday to prepare something from the Indian Cuisine to celebrate Diwali. No hard and fast rules as to what one can prepare, can be anything from starter to dessert. Only thing was not to prepare anything with beef as it is a religious festival. Hindus do not consume beef as the cow is considered like our Mother, as we get milk from her. And also Lord Krishna loved cows.

I had first published this recipe on 12/07/2013.  Updated on 23/10/2022 with new photos, a video and also the addition of milk powder to hasten the whole process of making chocolate kalakand.

 

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Ingredients Required For Chocolate Kalakand

  • Paneer – soft paneer made from full fat milk. Buy ready made or make it at home.
  • Milk Powder – preferably full fat milk powder and not skimmed.
  • Full Fat Milk – I used 6% fat milk.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – can use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk or less. I have used ¾ of the can.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – don’t add too much as the kalakand will taste bitter.
  • Milk or Dark Chocolate – I prefer to grate the chocolate as it melts faster in the hot kalakand mixture. Overcooking the mixture with cocoa powder and chocolate can result in a bitter kalakand.
  • Nuts – chopped or slivered. Use any nuts of your choice. I have used chopped almonds.
  • Cardamom Powder – add a bit as chocolate and cardamom taste good. If you don’t like the taste of cardamom, add cinnamon or vanilla extract.

 

 

Watch How To Prepare Chocolate Kalakand

CHOCOLATE KALAKAND

mayurisjikoni
Chocolate Kalakand takes the ordinary traditional kalakand to a new level. With the addition of grated chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder, this kalakand is much loved by kids and chocolate lovers.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
CHILLING TIME 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert, festival recipe, Indian Sweet
Cuisine Indian
Servings 24 PIECES

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g paneer grated, soft
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 50 g milk or dark chocolate grated
  • 2-3 tbsp nuts chopped
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

Instructions
 

  • Mix grated paneer, milk, milk powder and condensed milk in a wide pan.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat till it becomes hot.
  • Lower the heat and keep stirring the mixture so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • As the mixture gets hot it will appear more liquid.
  • Keep stirring till it becomes thick.
  • This will take about 10-15 minutes.
  • Eventually the mixture will become thick and come away from the pan.
  • Insert a small spoon in the middle of the thick mixture. If it does fall down, the kalakand is ready.
  • Add cocoa powder, cardamom powder and grated chocolate.
  • Mix till the chocolate melts.
  • Grease a tray with some ghee or butter.
  • Transfer the hot kalakand mixture to the tray.
  • Spread it out evenly with a spatula or spoon.
  • Allow the chocolate kalakand to cool at room temperature.
  • Cut into square pieces. You will get 24 -30 pieces depending on the size you cut.
  • Chill the kalakand in the tray for at least 2 hours.
  • Carefully remove from the tray and enjoy.
  • Store in a container in the fridge. It stays fresh and soft for a week.

Notes

  • Make sure there is no water in the paneer. Otherwise it will take longer to cook the kalakand mixture.
  • Keep stirring the mixture as milk products tend to burn easily.
  • Add condensed milk according to how sweet you want the kalakand.
  • Kalakand does not set firm like a barfi. It will be soft and slightly chewy.
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12 Comments

  • Kitchen Queen

    July 13, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Yummy twist to the regular kalakand. Visit me too.

  • Gujarati Zaika

    July 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    wow love this kalakand…

  • Christabel

    February 28, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Thanks Mayuri! Just made this! Made this with low fat milk. It came out fine!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you so much Christabel for trying out the recipe.

  • Wendy Klik

    October 23, 2022 at 7:45 am

    I especially appreciate the recipe for the paneer. Thanks Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2022 at 2:57 am

      Thank you so much Wendy and it is easy to make.

  • Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    October 23, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Hope you are having a wonderful family trip!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2022 at 2:56 am

      Thank you so much Karen, spending Diwali with family after so many years was really good.

  • Renu

    October 25, 2022 at 5:40 am

    5 stars
    Love kalakand, such a melt-in-mouth dessert. Adding chocolate will appeal to kids as well as would be great for the upcoming festive.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 26, 2022 at 2:56 am

      Thank you so much Renu, it sure was a wonderful treat for Diwali. My family loved it.

  • Sneha Datar

    October 28, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Yummy Kalakand, a perfect Diwali treat!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 29, 2022 at 4:56 am

      Thank you so much.

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