Friday, October 21, 2011

Mango Kalakhand

In India, this is the time when an array of holidays line up the calendar marking the festival season. Celebrations are aplenty and festivals in India are always marked with good food and lots of sweets. I thought, it would be an apt time to share a simple sweet recipe.

I first learnt making Kalakhand from Taste of Pearl City. She showed me her recipe and motivated me to try it. My very first try was a hit. Since then, I've made them quite often, experimenting every time with different flavors. When I made this Mango Kalakhand, I was too excited at the bright orange color, that I thought, this really deserves being photographed. Now that I have these photos uploaded, I thought I could share the recipe too.

Serves: makes about 12 pieces
Preparation time: 18 mins

Ricotta cheese - 1 cup
Sweetened Condensed Milk - 1 cup
Mango puree - 1/2 cup
Saffron- a few strands soaked in warm milk
Cardamom powder - a tiny pinch
Ghee or butter to grease the bowl


Take a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Grease with a little ghee. Add all the ingredients in the bowl and mix them well. Microwave it in high for 5 minutes. Take the bowl out, give a stir and microwave again for 5 minutes. Repeat taking the bowl out and stirring and microwave again, but now in 2 mins intervals. Continue until the mixture is no more a liquid and has attained a steady consistency. Take care not to burn.
Now, take the bowl out and spread the mixture in a square tray and let it cool. Cut and enjoy!!

  • It took in my microwave a total of 18 mins until done. That is, after the first two cycles of 5 mins microwaving, I did three times 2 mins microwaving and two times 1 min microwaving. Just make your best judgement according to your microwave.
  • You can use mango puree from fresh mango pulp. Canned puree (Alfonso) works good as well.
This is sure to delight mango and sweet lovers alike. You can experiment with other flavors too. Chocolate flavor is our favorite too, where you might add a little of cocoa instead of mango puree.

This goes as an entry to Tickling Palates' Diwali Special - Sweets and Savories and Anu's Healthy Kitchen's Diwali - Festival of Lights and Kirthi's Kitchen's Serve It - Festival Potluck, co-hosted by Denny of Oh Taste and See.

Wish you all a Happy Diwali!!!


  1. Very simple ingredients with outstanding result.Look yummy too;)

  2. Thats a super variation for the delicious sweet...Lovely color too...

  3. Kalakand looks heavenly. How I wish I was there to taste it :)!

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Mango kalakand looks really tempting....nice pic

  5. this is in my to do list for long i have the confidence to give it a go..
    Tasty Appetite

  6. Very Nice click A. It is very tempting considering the small list of ingredients.

  7. Mango kalakand is such a brilliant idea! Looks so tempting :)

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  9. very easy recipe and looks Yummy too..
    Wish I had seen this post earlier..I would have tried for Diwali....

  10. That looks DELICIOUS -Mango enhances taste and is rightly called the King of fruits - good to see you back Aysha and hope to see you around - hugs, priya

  11. oh boy! cheese and condense milk and mango...this is heaven and beyond! thnx for sharing and so simple too!

  12. I often make kalakand with ricotta cheese and condensed milk but adding mango is such a delicious idea! I love the cook of this kalakand. Beautiful clicks!

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