September 28, 2011

Navaratri Special - Kalakand

Recipe By Naiya Sheth: The Navratri festival is celebrated across the country to honour Goddess Durga. In Gujarat, the Navratri is one of the main festivals, West Bengal, Eastern India and some parts of North India celebrates Durga Puja during these days.Actually Navratri kicks start the festival season in India, which ends after diwali.

The word Navratra means:

N-Nav chetna A-Akhand jyoti V-Vighna nashak R-Ratjageshwari A-Anand dayi T-Trikal darshi R-Rakshan karti A-Anand mayi MaaNav Durga bless u.
The idea behind Navaratri is the time for cleansing our own evil characteristics like hatred, jealousy, ignorance, anger, greed, violence, etc inside and outside of us. It is important to understand that each of the negative human qualities exists in the form of demons, externally in the invisible sphere. So for the special festival of navratri here it's a home made recipe for Kalakand.

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 10 minutes

Ingredients to make Kalakand:

400 gram condensed milk
2 1/2 table spoon milk powde
500 gram paneer
1/4 tea spoon cardamom powder
1 pinch saffron

For garnishing: 

Chopped almonds
Chopped Pistachio

Method to make Kalakand:

  • Mash paneer coarsely and mix in milk powder and condensed milk.
  • Heat the mixture in a non stick pan at medium flame. Stir continually.
  • When mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan. Remove from flame.
  • Spread into a greased plate.
  • Sprinkle cardamom powder, almonds,pistachio and saffron over it.
  • Let Kalakand cool and than cut in required size and shape.

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