Tracing Popularity Of Kalakand, Milk-Based Sweet From Rajasthan

Kalakand is like a star-sweet dish you serve your guests to instantly get their approval of being the best host. Made of soft milk cake, it is among a few traditional sweets that can be made healthy keeping your diet preferences in mind. Not many know, but the roots of kalakand can be traced back to a sweet shop in Rajasthan.

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Its texture and taste make it a hit among people, especially in India. It can be consumed by diabetic patients as well if you make it with a minimum amount of sugar or sugary substitutes. Here is a dive into the history of this Indian delight that everyone loves to relish, especially during festivals.

History Of Kalakand

The credit for inventing kalakand goes to Baba Thakur Das and Sons, a sweet shop in Alwar, Rajasthan. They came with the recipe in the 1940s, and since then, it has taken over the world of traditional Indian sweets. Though Rajasthan is a dry state, dairy products are found in abundance across cities. Apart from the state, it is also available in various sweet shops in India.

Boasting a creamy texture, kalakand can be a low-sweet dish that just melts in your mouth. If you happen to get your hands on a freshly prepared batch of kalakand, you will fall for the granular and moist texture of the sweet dish. Its rich taste helped it gain popularity across India. It can be made with just a few ingredients, including low-fat paneer, cardamom powder, low-fat condensed milk, and rose water, and still leave you in gastronomical heaven. 

Varieties Of Kalakand

Depending on preferences, kalakand is available in many varieties in Indian sweet shops. A few popular variations that you must try are,

Chocolate Kalakand

This variation of kalakand is made by adding cocoa powder and grated chocolate to the mixture. If you like chocolate in everything, this variation will be preferably your favourite.

Nut Kalakand

A protein-rich and nutritional version of kalakand is nut kalakand, which can contain pistachios, almonds, and cashews. Pistachio flavour is the most preferred variation.

Butterscotch Kalakand

You must have heard of butterscotch ice cream, but butterscotch kalakand is a delight you cannot miss out on. Its crunchy flavour and caramelise variation are also quite popular.

Rose And Saffron Kalakand

If you want to try a rich delicacy, you must taste saffron and rose kalakand. Indulge in this sweet dish, and you will forget about other dishes.

Fruit-Based Kalakand

If you want to eat a healthy sweet dish, relish fruit-based kalakand. You can make it with bananas, mangoes, strawberries, or other seasonal fruits. 

Carrot Kalakand

Made with grated carrot and cardamom powder, carrot kalakand is a delightful variant. It would taste like gajar ka halwa cut into rectangular pieces.