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.
Some Ideas For A Diwali Party
CHANA CHAAT | CHICKPEA CHAAT
Chana Chaat | Chickpea Chaat is a lip smacking, tasty, snack with flavours that are sweet, salty and tangy all present in one dish. It is popular as street food, especially in North India.
Baked Lentil Kebabs with flavours from the Middle East and the Indian Sub Continent are soft, delectable and easy to make. In brief, these kebabs make a wonderful starter and are easy to make. Also nutritious and best part is that they are gluten free and vegan. Serve them with any chutney or dip of your choice.
CASHEW CURRY | KAJU MALUWA | SRI LANKAN KAJU CURRY
Cashew Curry | Kaju Maluwa is a mild, vegan coconut based Sri Lankan curry where generous amount of cashew nuts are used to prepare this dish. Usually prepared for special occasions, it is served with plain rice.
Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry is creamy, slightly spicy and tangy curry that goes well with any Indian Flatbread like roti, paratha, naan or rice. An easy curry to prepare, it is a different way to enjoy okra or bhindi from the usual dry preparation.
Sabut Moong Dal is a nutritious, healthy, creamy and delicious that is usually enjoyed with some plain rice, roti or paratha. Easy to prepare, its the best way to include this new superfood in yoru daily diet.
Mushroom Masala/ Mushroom curry is an Indian style curry made with mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, spice mixture, herbs and a bit of cream or coconut milk. The flavorful, tasty and creamy curry is enjoyed with naan, paratha, roti or rice.
Aloo Paratha also known as bateta ni rotli is an Indian Flatbread stuffed with spicy mashed potato. It is usually enjoyed piping hot with some yogurt and pickle and sometimes topped with butter as breakfast.
Spinach Rice is a healthy, tasty and easy rice recipe. An excellent way to get the family to enjoy spinach. Add vegetables of your choice and make it into a meal with some plain yogurt, papad and pickle or salad on the side. I actually use up leftover rice to make this Indian style Spinach Rice.
Tawa pulao is a flavourful, delicious and easy to make rice dish. I purposely make more of the Pav Bhaji, bhaji so that I can make this tawa pulao. Served with some yogurt, yogurt drink and papad along with chopped onions, it makes a perfect lazy day meal.
Magas or Chickpea Flour Fudge is a delectable, Gujarati sweet that is usually prepared during festivals and weddings. Homemade Magas is so much better as you can add spices and nuts according to your choice.
Gur Na Ladwa /Churma Laddoo is a common sweet made during Diwali by most Patel homes. Made from wheat flour, ghee, milk with spices and nuts added to the mixture. These delectable, melt in the mouth laddoos are made either with jaggery or sugar.