I have fond memories of enjoying Kalakand from the famous 'Pullareddy Sweets' as a child. Even today we get packets of sweets from the same place. However I have never reproduced the same in my kitchen. So a few days back when I saw the lone Ricotta cheese box begging for some attention, I decided Kalakand it would be. 

But then I wanted to reduce the sugar that went in it and on the same lines as Apple Rabdi, I decided to substitute part of sugar with apple. I should say the experiment went rather well. There was no trace of any apple in there. I actually put in more than 1/4 cup of sugar and it ended up a tad sweeter than I wanted it to be and hence I have reduced it in the recipe below. 

This forms part of the BM#8 for Day 3 under the theme 'Cooking under 5 ingredients'. Also check for the other marathoners here.

Apple Kalakand

Ingredients - 

*1. Ricotta Cheese 10 oz (approx 250 to 300 gms)
**2. Apple peeled, cored and chopped 1 medium size
3. Milk 2 cups
4. Sugar 1/4 cup  (adjust according to taste)
5. Nuts for garnish (I used Pista)

* Can use fresh home made paneer instead of ricotta cheese.
**I could have used more apples and further reduced the sugar added.

Apple Kalakand

Method Of Preparation - 

Blend the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of milk until there are no lumps and keep aside.

Blend the apple and the remaining milk to make a smooth mixture.

To reduce the time I partially boiled them in the microwave and then transferred them on to the non stick pan. But this is totally optional.

In a heavy bottomed pan, preferably a non stick pan, pour the above ricotta cheese and apple mixtures and sugar. Let them simmer while constantly stirring. 

Just about when the mixture comes together, if needed add more sugar.

When the mixture comes together as a single mass, remove from fire.

Apple Kalakand

Transfer on to a parchment paper lined plate or a greased plate and smoothen the mixture to about half an inch thickness.

Let it cool down for a few minutes before cutting them to required size. 

Sprinkle coarsely chopped nuts and gently press them on the prepared kalakand and serve them chilled!

Sending to Radhika's Diwali Special ~ Sweets & Savories.

Preparation Time 40 min 
Makes 15 pieces approx
Posted by Harini on Thursday, August 25, 2011


  1. Wow.. that is a lovely sweet easy to make as well.. definitely gonna try this out :) Thanks for sharing..
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  2. Mouthwatering Apple Kalakand. Excellent preparation.

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  3. he he looks so yummilicious let me grab it right away.

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. they have come out really good and beautiful looking!...combining flavors with apple is a very nice idea!

  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Droolworthy apple kalakand, beautifully done..

  8. soujanya Says:
  9. Vowwww!!! kalakand looks fab...Loved apple flavour..

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. omg! beautiful recipe with apples love it!

  12. Suma Gandlur Says:
  13. That looks lovely. I will try this with homemade paneer. How much time did it take for you?

  14. Shri Says:
  15. Wow! It looks very yummy!

  16. Shri Says:
  17. Wow! It looks very yummy!

  18. Shanavi Says:
  19. I've some apples, sure am gonna try this Harini..Thanx for sharing

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. wow, they have come out so beautifully, love that grainy texture :)

  22. Pavani Says:
  23. Interesting addition of apple in kalakand. Looks delicious..

  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Looks so yummy!!!Feel like having a piece just now.

  26. divya Says:
  27. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. lovely pictures too :)

  28. Radhika Says:
  29. Love the idea of using apples in kalakand. This is one of the easiest sweets that could be made any time.

  30. Vardhini Says:
  31. Yummy and delicious .. I have made it with just ricotta cheese .. adding apples is new.

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  32. Aarthi Says:
  33. wow...love it...

  34. wow to good will def try this for some ocassion..

  35. wow pretty easy and simple dish..can we substitue ricotta cheese with something else?

  36. Unknown Says:
  37. I'm not a big fan of apples.. This recipe tempts me to give a try with them..

  38. Rajani Says:
  39. That looks really good.

  40. Sushma Says:
  41. thats a yummy sweet to make.

  42. jayasree Says:
  43. Looks perfect. Loved the addition of apple to it.

  44. Srivalli Says:
  45. Harini, that's one totally stunning and tempting picture..very different from the usual one for sure..:)

  46. Prathima Rao Says:
  47. yUMMYY!!!! These look adorable & mouthwatering!!
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  48. Kalyani Says:
  49. Absolutely Stunning !! I think you are on an Apple roll now ;) , esp after Apple Bajjis recently !! Happy to learn I can substitute Ricotta cheese with Panner!
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  50. Umm..soo tempting! A totally new fudge idea!

  51. Usha Says:
  52. Apple kalakand sounds interesting

  53. Wowww.. very new to me.. looks simply awesome and tempting.. you have a wonderful space with delicious recipes.. thanks for the innovative recipe.. Truly delicious :)
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