Mango Kalakand 

Mango kalakand.

Kalakand with the flavour of mango. A sweet flavoured juicy fruit.  Mango not only loved for its taste it also has immense health benefits .

 

Mangoes are well known as the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

 

Kalakand is very popular, traditional and delicious sweet made out of solidified milk, paneer/cottage cheese and sugar. Just like barfi but soft and grainy in texture.

 

This week we are celebrating 50th anniversary of #Foodiemonday #bloghop. So my bloggers friends decided to make some traditional sweet this time.

My contribution is this super easy and delicious mango kalakand.

You need only few ingredients to make it.


 

Recipe 


Paneer/cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

 

Khoya or reduced milk – 1/2 cup

 

Mango – 1

 

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

 

Sugar – 1/3 cup or to taste

 

Pistachios for garnishing

 
Ghee or clarified butter to grease the plate

 
Method 


Peel and remove the seed of the mango. Chop and grind to a smooth paste.

 

 

Heat a pan and add the mango paste. When it starts to boil add the sugar. Stir continuously.

 

 

When the mango sugar mixture becomes thick add the fresh crumbled paneer/cottage cheese and reduced milk or khoya. Stir and cook until the mixture thickened and leaves the sides. Texture should be grainy.

 

 

Taste and adjust the sugar if require. Add cardamom powder. I love the aroma of cardamom with mango. So I have used 1 teaspoon. You can use 1/2 teaspoon, taste and add more if require.

 

 

Mix well and switch off the flame.

Grease a plate with little ghee or clarified butter. Pour the mixture over it. Spread and level the mixture with a spoon or your palm.

Garnish with chopped pistachios. Let it cool down.

Cut in square and serve.

Mango Sandesh

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Aam Sondesh or mango sandesh
I have already posted some sandesh recipes. Sandesh or Sondesh is a famous sweet of Bengal, made of Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. Its can be made with different flavours.
This time I have made it everyone’s favourite fruit mango.

“The king of the fruits,” mango fruit is one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it number one among new functional foods, often labeled as “super fruits.”

Very easy to make. Only few ingredients with mango makes a delicious sweet.
You need only cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp, sugar and little cardamom powder.

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Recipe

Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese  – 1 cup crumbled

Reduced milk or khoya  – 1/2 cup
Sugar  – 1/3 cup

Mango – 1, pureed

Cardamom powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

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Method

Combine cottage cheese or paneer, reduced milk, sugar and mango pulp.

I have used homemade khoya or reduced milk. To make reduced milk or khoya cook the milk on low flame. Stir continuously and scrape the sides. Cook till the milk becomes thick and almost dry.

Now grind the Cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp and sugar mixture.
Make a smooth paste.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Pour the mixture in it. Cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously.

Cook until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. And leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

When it still little warm knead with your finger tips. Knead nicely to make it more smooth.

Now make small balls and give them shape in moulds.
If you don’t have sandesh mould make round balls with your palm then flatten it. Make them round or square. Make the shape of your choice.

Serve fresh or store in refrigerator for later use. You can store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Enjoy…….

Bhapa/Steamed Sandesh

 

 

 

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Its my son’s birthday today. He is in his college hostel so waiting for his holiday to celebrate the day. May God bless him with all the happiness and success.

On this special day presenting a delicious sweet dish. No, not  cake. Its a all time favourite traditional sweet dish of Bengal.

Mouthwatering but very easy to make. Bhapa sandesh or steamed sandesh. Its orange flavoured bhapa sandesh.

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Recipe

Paneer/cottage cheese or chhena of 2 liters milk

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Orange juice – 5 teaspoon

Orange zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Orange segment and 1 teaspoon sugar for sprinkle

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Method

In a bowl mix paneer and sugar nicely till soft and smooth. If you like you can add little more sugar. Taste after mixing before adding more.

You can grind or blend it too. Add orange juice and orange zest mix properly. Knead it nicely until soft and smooth.

Take a steel container and grease it with ghee/clarified butter. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar and pieces of orange segment.

Add the paneer mixture and cover with lid. If you don’t have with lid container take a steel bowl and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

In a pressure cooker add 1 cup water and place the container in it. Cover the cooker lid but don’t put the weight over the vent pipe. Cook it for 20 minutes on medium flame.

Take the container out, turn it on a plate. Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate it for an hour.

Slice and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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