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Coconut Kalakand ~ Easy Diwali Sweets

>>  Thursday, October 17, 2013

We are starting our third week of Blogging marathon and I wanted to make something simple and easy for all the festivals we have during this time. My list for Deepavali has become so long that I gave up trying to organise them any more.

And when I think of festival sweets and savouries, all of them end up being very lengthy and complicated. So the theme for this year has been to make simple dishes that can get done as quickly as we can. And the most important factor being that, they should be people to eat that. I can no longer afford to indulge as the saying goes "A Minute on your lips, forever on hips"!

So the items had to be something that is not so much of calorie, something that can vanish quickly and of course not take so much time. 

Coconut Kalakand fits the bill exactly. This recipe is from one files, from The Hindu back edition. When I was checking out to do the CCChallenge, I came across and decided it would be easy to make.
The entire cooking didn't take more than half hour, provided you have grated coconut on hand. Rest of the items were easy to add and stir everything in a quick sweet.

When I was going through my baking trays and pans, my kids saw these moulds and wanted me to make cakes for them again in them. Instead I went ahead and used it for this sweet. Seeing these when it was getting set, they assumed it was a cake. I was sad seeing them being disappointed and wanted to bake something right away. Then I decided to perk them up, I must do some chocolate dish. Well it was done and it was soon their favorite. While hubby dear liked this a lot.














Coconut Kalakand

Ingredients needed

Milk - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Milk powder - 1/2 cup
Paneer, paste - /14 cup
Fresh Cream - 200 gms
Dessicated Coconut / Fresh coconut - 1 & 1/2 cup
Saffron, melted in lit milk - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder a pinch
Almonds, pistas for garnish

How to make the coconut kalakand

Pulse the paneer to make a paste, keep it aside.

In a non stick pan or thick bottom pan, take the milk, sugar and heat it till the sugar melts.

The add the milk powder, paneer paste, mix well and cook for couple of mins.

Then add the coconut and mix evenly. Finally add the fresh cream. Cook this for few mins until everything is mixed well. Continue cooking till it leaves the sides.

Add the melted saffron and cardamom powder. Cook for few mins.

Pour this in a greased tray and spread evenly. Finally sprinkle the finely chopped almonds and pistas.

Cut into pieces when cool. Keep in fridge till serving time.


Notes:

When you set it in fridge it gets its firm texture.

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15 comments :

The Pumpkin Farm October 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM  

lol Valli, min on your lips...i agree and some day really wish to scrape off all the sweet indulgence ;) , lovely recipe, i think i accidentally made kalakand once while trying something else, this is after reading your sbs recipe, that i have realized

Manjula Bharath October 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM  

lovely recipe :) I like the butterfly shaped kalakand :) soo delicious adding grated coconut is something new and sounds interesting :)

nandoos Kitchen October 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM  

Yummy. Love kalakand.

Priya Suresh October 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM  

Coconut kalakand that something exotic and my kind of sweet, am in love with that butterfly shaped kalakand.

Harini-Jaya R October 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM  

Good one..Sounds very easy and tasty as well.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan October 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM  

coconut kalakand sounds interesting and so much simpler. The shapes have come out really well.

Wer SAHM October 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM  

coconut in kalkhand makes truely delicious....

Nivedhanams Sowmya October 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM  

wow so tempting and delicious kalakand!!!

Sowmya

Padma Rekha October 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM  

Valli recipe sounds easy must taste wonderful..

Chef Mireille October 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM  

love the butterfly shape and it must taste awesome!

Pavani N October 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM  

That coconut burfi looks amazing. Love your cute molds.. Makes the sweet look so appealing.

Saraswathi Tharagaram October 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

Another sweet recipe which takes back to my childhood days, diligently made by mum for festivals. Adding Coconut is new to me..Will try next time dear..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan October 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM  

So delicious! Love putting them in the molds :) And the coconut would give such a nice crunch and flavor to it...

veena krishnakumar October 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM  

yumm yumm. Kalakhand looks so delicious!!

Padmajha PJ October 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM  

Oh yea, I so agree with that saying Srivalli! And love the heart shaped Kalakand :)

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