Kalakand is an Indian dessert made from paneer and milk however, it can also be made using ricotta cheese and condensed milk.
I prefer freshly prepared paneer as it gives it a grainy texture which I love. Once the paneer is ready, making Kalakand is a very simple process involving just a couple of steps and very little time.
Making paneer in Instant Pot
For making kalakand, fresh home made paneer is required. I have used full fat milk to make the paneer.
Please refer to my blog for more details on how to make paneer in instant pot. Once paneer is made, crumble it with your fingers, this will prevent from forming lumps while cooking the kalakand.
Paneer which has been stored in refrigerator for few days may not work that well and can result in chewy kalakand.
Making Kalakand in Instant Pot
Kalakand can be made from paneer either in the instant pot or on cook top. Saute mode is used to heat the milk and then crumbled paneer is added to it.
Mixed it well as you dont want any big chunks of paneer. Once it is mixed well, add evaporated milk and sugar. Stir it for a few seconds intermittently until all the liquids evaporate.
Set it in a tray and allow to cool for few hours before serving.
Kalakand can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days and about a week in the refrigerator.
It is best to serve kalakand when it has been set and can be cut into pieces. 1 to 2 pieces is a good serving size.
Moment of reckoning
I got a thumbs up from my hubby who although not a foody but is a strong critic. But the real satisfaction was when our guests shared their thoughts. They could feel the freshness in taste and the fact that it was not overly sweet was highly liked.
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Kalakand from Paneer in Instant Pot
To make Paneer
- ½ gallon Milk (Full fat or whole milk)
- 4 tablespoon Vinegar
To make Paneer - Refer my blog to make paneer in instant pot
- Pour milk in the Instant Pot container and select "Yogt" mode until it shows "Boil". Close the lid and set the release vent in sealing position.
- Once the milk is boiled, open the lid and add vinegar and give it a good stir.
- Milk solids and whey will separate. Strain the milk solids using the strainer
- Rinse the paneer under cold water until all sourness is gone.
- Remove all excess water and leave some weight on the paneer for about 2 hours
- Paneer is now ready to make kalakand.
To make Kalakand
- Select "Saute" mode and pour the milk in the instant pot container.
- Once the milk starts heating up, add the crumbled paneer.
- Mix it well and let it boil for about 2 minutes.
- Add the evaporated milk and sugar and mix it well. Let it continue to cook.
- Mix it intermittently and let it cook until the liquids evaporate. The mixture should not be dry.
- Add the chopped pistachios, saffron, cardamom powder and give it a good mix. Continue cooking until all liquids evaporate.
- Set it in a tray making a layer about a cm in height. Let it cool down and then cut into pieces.
- Use freshly made paneer for soft kalakand. Paneer which has been refrigerated for long can result in chewy kalakand.
- Refer to my blog for more details on how to make paneer in instant pot.
- Kalakand can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days. It can be refrigerated for a week.