Fasting Sweets

Kesar Kalakand

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Kesar kalakand is a popular north Indian dessert. Its rich taste and texture make it a perfect dessert for special celebrations, family functions and festivals. It is also a perfect homemade dessert for fasting/vrat.

The recipe is very easy and simple. It is made by combining reduced full-cream milk, crumbled paneer, milk powder and sugar. It is mildly flavoured with saffron and cardamom powder and garnished with nuts.

Ingredients for 14-16 pieces:

  • Full-cream milk                            – ½ litre
  • Full-cream milk to make paneer  –½ litre (see link)
  • Milk powder                                 – 4 tbsp
  • Sugar                                            – 3 tbsp
  • Saffron (kesar)                             – 10 -12 threads
  • Almond                                        – 3-4
  • Pistachios                                     – 3-4
  • Cardamom powder                      – ¼ tsp
  • Desi ghee to grease the plate
Ingredients for Kesar Kalakand


  • Grease a plate with desi ghee.
  • Finely slice almond and pistachios.
  • Soak kesar in 1 tbsp warm milk and crush it.
  • Make paneer from half litre milk.
  • Crumble or grate the paneer.

Method –

  • Heat milk in a heavy bottom kadhai on medium flame till it reduces to 1/3 . Keep stirring milk in between to prevent burning.
  • Now add crumbled paneer and milk powder. Mix thoroughly.
  • Cook on a medium flame until the mixture thickens. Keep stirring.
  • Now add sugar, crushed kesar and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Cook till the mixture combines together and starts to leave the sides of the kadhai.
  • At this stage the mixture should look moist. It should not be very dry.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Transfer the mixture to the greased plate and spread it evenly. Keep the thickness to ½ “.

    Transfer the mixture on a greased plate
  • Sprinkle sliced nuts on the kalakand and lightly press with a spatula.
  • Let kesar kalakand cool completely. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours for it to set.
  • After the kalakand sets, make cut marks and remove each piece gently to prevent it from breaking.
  • Kesar kalakand is ready to serve.
Kesar Kalakand


  • Kesar kalakand does not have a shelf life so store in the refrigerator and finish it within a week.



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