I have sweet childhood memories of feasting on ‘Alwar ka Kalakand’ brought back by my maternal uncle , who was posted there back then. The milk cake from Alwar comes in a block which is blonde at the top and gets darker towards the bottom. I always loved the bottom layer the best!
Milk cake or Kalakand is simple desi ‘mithai’ which is primarily a two ingredient wonder, the third being patience .Surprisingly, I had never made it till I saw a post on Chef at Large by my friend Souvik Mukherjee. The perfect dark squares left me craving for a piece! An hour and half of stirring and some adjustments to Souvik’s fantastic basic recipe and I had these delicious fudge like ‘Gulab Kalakand’ . Thanks buddy! Had it not been for me, I would have never tried my hand at this wonder.
Here is how I made it
Full Cream milk- 2 litres
Vinegar- 2 tsp (Souvik suggests adding ½ a tsp of alum/fitkari. I didn’t have any and vinegar worked fine)
Sugar- 90 gms (I like the sugar low, you may increase. The original recipe suggests 150 gms)
Gulkand- 2 Tbsp (Optional) (Any fruit pulp may be added to get flavoured kalakand)
Honey – 2 Tbsp
Desi Ghee/clarified butter- 2 Tbsp
In a heavy bottomed pan/kadhai bring the milk to boil and reduce to half. Keep stirring to avoid burning.
Add the vinegar and sugar, and continue to thicken.
When it comes together add the honey and ghee and cook till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Add the gulkand.
Transfer to a ghee-greased thaali/large plate and leave to set for a few hours.
Garnish with pistachios or cashews.
Cut into squares and serve.
20 thoughts on “Kalakand or Milk Cake”
Fantastic recipe, Garima! Just like you now I’m tempted to try making Milk Cake! 🙂 – Anugya
Thanks dear. I really couldn’t stop myself after I saw the pictures! 😀
That looks wonderful… got to/have to make me some
He he Anks. I’m sure you’ll like this one 🙂
Wow! G..swadisht dekhne aur khaane mein! Love the colour, pics n the shine of ghee! Truly yumminess in every morsel ❤ 🙂
Thanks sweetheart ♡
Ekdum desi mithai waala swaad hai 😀
Yummmicilious Will sure try dis beauty ♡
Thanks Mel 🙂
Thanks Mansi ♡
Thanks dear 🙂
Heyy, going to try this recipe tonight itself….loooks so tasty.
Thanks a ton Dipti 🙂
Ma’am ..this looks just neat perfect! This shud be trending.
Thanks a ton Archit 🙂
Ager milk main vineget dalte hai to…paneer ben jayega ..
Haan ban jaayega 🙂