This Triple chocolate kalakand recipe takes an ordinary kalakand recipe to a new level altogether . Three layers of deliciousness that comes together in minutes . The secret of this quick and easy kalakand recipe is using ricotta cheese , condensed milk and a microwave . Adding layers of chocolate just makes it better or I should say the best!
Kalakand also known as a milk cake is a traditional Indian sweet loved by everyone. Triple chocolate Kalakand is my modern and more decadent take on the classic recipe.
India is a diverse nation and its diversity is reflected in variety of foods every state has to offer. Every Indian state is known for its own set of traditional sweets . But Kalakand is one of the few sweets which is relished by one and all.
If you are not well versed with Kalakand let me brief you here a bit-
What is Kalakand ?
Its made with 3 simple and main ingredients – milk, paneer and sugar and infused with cardamom and topped with nuts for extra richness. Traditional way of making kalakand is quiet time consuming – its done by continuously stiring and cooking the ingredients until reduced considerably, then setting it up in a pan for few hours and served chilled.
What am I doing different
I am making microwave version of kalakand saving you from stirring the mixture frequently.
Variation in ingredients to accelerate the process
Its an instant and easier version – but the taste is still intact
Addition of Chocolate makes it all the more irresistible
How does triple chocolate kalakand taste
It has grainy and moist texture
The top layer is more fudgy and chocolaty. I bet you can’t eat just one.
Kalakand makes me nostalgic. I have grown up eating this yummy sweet. We never need a reason or a occasion to have kalakand . Whenever cravings struck my Dad used to get it for us from the sweet shop.
One of the disadvantages of being away from home country is that we badly miss the yummy desi food including desserts. So I keep on trying things at home to satisfy our cravings.
I am making instant version of Kalakand for few years now . This is the first time I have added chocolate to it . It was an experiment with a sweet success. I am very happy with the results. Needless to say didn’t last more than 2 days. I am so glad to share this decadent triple chocolate kalakand recipe with you.
I shared this instant version with my mom and she totally fell in love with it.
It can be made in microwave and on the stove top too.
Please refer to the notes for substitutions and alternate method.
This time I am using microwave method.
Quick and easy
Soft and moist
Rich and chocolaty
Given below is step by step instructions on how to make kalakand in a microwave
Squeeze as much water as you can by placing ricotta in a muslin / cheese cloth – this will expedite the process. Add condensed milk and milk powder to the ricotta cheese.
Mix everything well until smooth and lumpfree.
Microwave in a big microwave safe glass bowl with microwave safe lid ( you can use any microwave safe plate too to cover the bowl. Cover the lid loosely , do not cover it tight.
Pictures below show you how ricotta starts getting reduced after microwaving in intervals .Stir the kalakand mixture in between – like every 3 minutes.
The picture below shows the reduced consistency – microwave till you don’t see any liquid and the kalakand comes together – but not very dry , consistency of thick spreadable paste.
Now divide it into 3 equal parts . To the first part – Add melted milk chocolate and cardamom powder.
Second part – Add cocoa powder and melted semi sweet chocolate . To the third part – Add only semi sweet chocolate / dark chocolate and vanilla essence .Mix well until combined.
Lightly grease a pan or a plate – scoop in first layer . Pat it down and level gently .
Layer it with the cocoa batter.
Level and smooth it well.
If you are using a plate to set it , cover with cling wrap and let it set for 15-20 mins in the fridge.
Take the kalakand out of the fridge and spread the last layer .
Garnish as desired. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Slice it up . Serve chilled.
Triple Chocolate Kalakand Recipe –
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triple chocolate kalakand
- 3 ½ cups full Ricotta Cheese/ fresh grated paneer 750 gms approx
- ¼ cup milk powder
- 1 can 14 oz Condensed Milk
- Pinch of salt optional
For white layer
- ¼ cup grated white chocolate
- 2 pinches Cardamom Powder
For middle layer
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoon fine sugar / icing sugar
- 2 tablespoon semi sweet grated chocolate
For the top fudgy layer
- ½ cup semi – sweet chocolate
- 1 teaspoon melted butter
- Drop of vanilla essence
- ¼ cup Chopped/ sliced assorted nuts I have used almonds, pistachios and raisins
- Squeeze out as much water as you can from ricotta by placing it in a cheesecloth. This will expedite the process. If you don't have cheesecloth/muslin skip this step, just microwave longer.
- Put ricotta into a big microwave safe bowl preferably glass bowl as it will be getting hot during the process.
- Add condensed milk, milk powder to Ricotta/paneer, pinch of salt and mix well until its lump free and smooth .Yes the texture will be grainy .
- Microwave on high uncovered for 5 minutes. Take it out carefully with the help of kitchen cloth/ mittens . Give it a nice stir and make sure you scrape the edges too.
- Now microwave again for 3 minutes , loosely covered .
- Take it out, give it a stir, loosen the edges too
- Microwave for another 3 minutes , take it out and stir well
- Follow this procedure 2-3 times more until there isn't any liquid remaining and the ricotta has come together well like a thick paste.
- Take it out of the microwave and immediately divide it into 3 parts in three separate bowls.
- The idea is to work quickly before the kalakand cools down so that the chocolate melts well or you can melt chocolate before adding to the bowls.
- Add chocolate to all the three bowls respectively at the same time i.e white chocolate for white layer, ½ cup chocolate for the fudgy layer , and 1 tablespoon chocolate for middle cocoa layer.
Start with the fudgy layer.
- Add the ½ cup semi sweet chocolate, melted butter and vanilla essence to one bowl . Mix well until chocolate has melted.
For White layer
- Add white chocolate and cardamom in one bowl .
For middle layer
- Add the cocoa paste, semi sweet chocolate , sugar if needed in the third bowl and mix well until the chocolate is melted.
- If you think chocolate isn't melting.. just pop the respective bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds.
- Taste test mixture of all three layers carefully.
- Now grease the desired pan or a plate
- Let the mixture cool down a bit say 5 mins if its too hot to handle.
- Scoop and spread the first layer, press it down gently
- then top it with cocoa layer
- cover it with cling wrap - refrigerate it for 5 minutes.
- Take it out , now top it with the third layer.
- Garnish with sliced nuts and press them down gently .
- Cover it with cling wrap or lid .
- Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Every microwave is different so the cooking time may vary.
You can skip the white chocolate part if you don’t have it .
Skip milk powder if you don’t have it .
Please handle the bowl with care – as it will get really hot during the process of microwaving -use kitchen cloth or mittens
If chocolate doesn't melt , re heat the bowl in microwave at 10 seconds interval.
If you don't have a microwave you can make it in heavy bottom non stick pan on a stove top too over low -medium flame , stirring continuously until the mixture comes together and leaves the sides of the pan.
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Hi! For how many days it last?
Please inform about the storage and shelf life
Hello Vaishali, this will stay good in the fridge for a week.
Made it with homemade fresh chenna. Turned out great. Thanks.
glad to hear that Dipti
Hi Khushboo! Have been meaning to try this recipe for a while as it looks mouth watering 🙂 So I tried it with paneer and although it tasted awesome I made a few observations which I wanted to ratify with you: a) the mix is quite grainy and although after the first 5 minutes uncovered I repeated the 3 minute covered step 4 times, the mix dried up but doesn’t come together into a pasty form, even after adding the chocolate. Anything one can do to make it bind better? (b) it doesn’t set in the fridge even after 1.5 hours. I guess because it was a loose mix. So I pressed it down quite well and then set it in the freezer for a couple of hours. This helped a lot as then when I took it out I was able to cut it and lift out pieces but they crumble quite easily. Would be nice if they held together better. The taste however was awesome and everybody loved it. Do give your advice on these two points. Thanks so much!
Oh what a bummer Arti , thank you for your thoughts. Did you grate paneer with a fine grater. I have tried this recipe using homemade paneer which blended well giving good results. What kind of paneer did you use?
Hi Khushboo , made this for Raksha Bandhan. Everyone appreciated a lot. Tasted much better than stores. Thank you. You made my day.
Welcome Kashish, happy to know everyone enjoyed it .
Instead of using microwave can we use lpg burner for makeing thick paste
Yes of course Sunita, you can make in a heavy bottom pan or a non -stick pan .
Loved this receipe .i am going to try. Just wanted to see if you are making any Rasmali with Cottage cheese. If so plz share receipe.
You are amazing. Thanks
Thanks Maddy . I do make Ras Malai from scratch , on my wish list to post soon
Fabulous .Cant thank you enough . I am your fan Love all your recipes.
Thats so kind of you. Thanks
Hey Khusboo! You are an amazing cok.. I just love all your recipe’s. And I really like the way in which ,u explain all ur recipe’s.. I have a small question.. How much is one cup.. I mean I have a cup of 200 ml. Is that ok?
Thanks Anjali . 1 cup liquid is approx 236 ml and dry is approx 250 ml . I will be doing my future posts with cups and weight measures too.
It tasted divine .. I was lucky to have tasted this from the creators creation!!
thanks sona dear .. we need to meet up soon and I have more goodies lined up for you
Fantafabulous recipe as always. Your photos are so good that I feel intimidated to try as I am always afraid of not being able to meet the end results. Well that said, I will try this one for sure 🙂
I have one question (Sorry to ask on a wrong post) –
How do we turn on both the heating elements on while baking breads? My oven turns on lower heating element while baking and upper one when on broil. Thanks a lot for the help!
Keep rocking as always!
thanks.. and dont be scared . My purpose of simplifying and sharing is that you can produce the same results as mine. please try it.
do you have a microwave and convection 2 in 1 oven?
Thanks a lot for the quick reply Khushboo. I live in Chicago, and thus the cooking range is pretty much like available most apartments in US. My apartment has cooking range from GE. I generally get my bakes right in this oven, but I do not get the browning that I expect on my breads or tandoori dishes, and thus was wondering if its related to turning both the heating elements on.
Thank you once again for all your help, and I truly appreciate it 🙂
i reside in states as well .. for baking anything its always middle rack and baking mode .. dont think much and if you are concerned about browning your rotis , pizza on the top then towards the end of baking switch to broil high and place the tray on top most rack for 1-2 minutes .. keep a watch after 1 minute.. baking temps differs for cakes, breads so I cant generalise the baking temp … high temp leads to browning.. I will be doing a lot of baking posts in coming months
Thank You for the detailed explanation 🙂
.. and I will be looking forward to your caking month.
great. glad i could help
Hii! Looking forward to make this inn raksha banndha…… hopes it cones out well ;!;! Excellent work…
thanks divya .. it will .. its a very forgiving recipe .. add or reduce the sweetness acoocoding to prefrence .. it will still taste good because it has chocolates 🙂 and dont forget to click and send it to me
Lip smacking recipe Khushboo. Can’t wait to try it. Love all your recipes. Congrats on your blog 🙂
thank you so much manasi ..do try and send me your feedback and pictures
Very well explained. Looks delicious.