So I was having an incredibly difficult time naming these. I legitimately did not know what this concoction that I had made was! Kalakand, a traditional milk cake which is divine in it’s grainy texture and mild sweetness, is generally cut into squares and is commonly available at all Mithai shops around me. Never have I seen a Kalakand Laddoo. I have, however, seen a Malai Ladoo which is also made in a similar way to Kalakand, however Malai Ladoos are meant to be smooth and creamy, whereas this Kalakand Ladoo is textured and grainy, much like a traditional Kalakand is. I was left with calling it Paneer Ladoo, but again I was haunted by the fact that these Ladoos are literally Kalakands in ball format. After much deliberation (consulting my husband) I decided to name these Kalakand/Paneer Ladoos. My creativity is at an all time high.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make and takes up virtually no effort and time. I can usually whip up a small batch of these within minutes if I work fast. If you’re feeling extra lazy, you could quite simply skip shaping them into Ladoos and press the hot mixture into a greased square tin and cut into squares once they cool, like regular kalakands. I’ll probably do that next time actually.
For some extra ‘wow’, I divided my Ladoo mixture into portions and coloured one portion green, one portion orange and one portion yellow. I later made a handful of Ladoos for a friend and coloured them pink. You could really work with this and add different flavourings to each colour, eg pistachio flavour to the green ladoos, orange zest to the orange ladoos, add rose extract to the pink ladoos etc. This sounds fun! I would have worked with these ideas, but adding food colouring was a very sudden and impulsive decision I made when I opened my spice cabinet to get out the kewara water and found a few pots of food colouring in my way. Worked out for the good, alhamdulillah.
The Kalakand Ladoos went down extremely well with my family and some even asked the recipe. Who would ever guess these are literally a 3 ingredient wonder!
Enjoy, with love x