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Kalakand, Traditional Milk Dessert

Kalakand is a very traditional and delicious dessert, made with whole milk, variation of burfi, and is soft and grainy in texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 8 cups or 2 quart milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (for making paneer)
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds for garnishing


Making Paneer

  • Mix lemon juice in 1/4 cup of hot water and put aside.
    Boil the 4 cups of milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, making sure not to burn milk. As the milk comes to  boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat.
    Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth.
    Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. This process takes out the sourness from the lemon.
    To take out the excess water, squeeze the wrapped paneer. Do not knead the paneer.

Making Kalakand

  • Boil remaining 4 cup of the milk in a heavy bottom frying pan on medium high heat until the milk reduces to about two cups. Make sure to frequently stir the milk as the milk burns easily in bottom of the pan.
  • Add the paneer in the milk and keep stirring till the mixture thickness and form a soft dough consistency.
  • Add the sugar and continue to cook and stirring until the mixture become soft lump and start leaving the pan from sides.
  • Pour it over greased plate keeping about half inch thick. Let it cool for about one hour. Cut the kalakand in squares.


Tips: Make sure to wet the pan inside and put few spoons of water in pot before putting milk reduces burning the milk bottom of the pan.
If kalakand is too soft put the plate in microwave oven (plate should be microwave safe) for 2 to 3 minutes. Making sure kalakand don't become dry.
you may also enjoy Chum chum, Besan ki Berfi