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Monday, May 2, 2011

Baked Ricotta Cheese and Coconut Khalakhand



Khalakhand or Qalaqand , is one of the most celebrated delicacies in the Indian subcontinent. My recipe here uses low fat Ricotta cheese in addition with shred coconut ,the milk powder adds firmer texture ,sweetened with condensed milk and hint of aromatic cardamom ,this recipe is incredibly simple and easy when compared to the elaborate traditional method.
My sister shared this idea of baked ricotta to make khalakhad ,i tweaked her recipe a little by adding shred coconut. And one can always reduce the sweetness or replace with a healthier sweetener(I mention both in the recipe). And if ricotta cheese is not available ,you could definitely replace with equal quantity of Paneer(Indian Cottage cheese).

Ingredients
4 oz. low fat ricotta cheese
4 oz. unsweetened fine shred coconut (I use the frozen)
4 oz. low fat milk powder
2 oz. sweetened condensed milk or 3/4 cup Agave nectar.
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder


Method
In a large mixing bowl,bring together all of the ingredients ,mix until well combined. Transfer in an 8x8 baking tray ,lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven at 350F ,until firm about 25-30 minutes . For a darker brown khalakhand ,let bake another 15-20 minutes at 325F. Let cool (garnish with fine chopped pistachios/almonds or speck of saffron),then slice in squares. Can be refrigerated for about 2-3 weeks.

17 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A divine speciality! I would mind eating a slice for dessert...

Cheers,

Rosa

harini-jaya said...

great idea..can't stop indulging in this sinful delicacy :)

Dolly said...

Love this recipe..Sure looks easy and the results are just just AWESOME!!! Have bookmarked this Kalakhand recipe and shall be trying this soon.

Kurinji said...

Mouthwatering khalakhand....Kurinjikathambam, Event : HRH-Healthy Summer

Salsa Verde said...

Looks very yummy and delicious!!
Cheers,
Lia.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Kalakand looks simply heavenly!

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Nitha said...

delicious kalakhand...

Nithya said...

Looks super delicious :) I wouldn't mind eating it all at one go :)

Mona said...

Yasmeen, your recipe is so simple and yet looks immensely delicious.

Jennifurla said...

This sounds really good, never had it before.

Priya said...

Kalakand looks simply irresistible and divine..

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks yummy.....

SproutsOfSpring said...

Looks delicious. It's one of my favorite desserts. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

szmom said...

Hi Yasmeen,
The khalakhand recipe looks FANTASTIC.
Just one question - is the measure 1 cup or 4oz , because
1 cup = 8oz. Then how much condensed milk will we use
1/2 cup(4oz)or 1/4 cup(2 oz. I would really appreciate it if you could clarify soon - as I plan to try this recipe out soon. Thank you so much in advance.

Curry Leaf said...

Divine and Delicious.:P :P :P

Yasmeen said...

Szmom, use 4 ounces of cheese and 2 ounces of condensed milk.

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