Gulabi Kalakand {Rose Water Flavored Ricotta Dessert}

Gulabi Kalakand :  Rose Water flavored ricotta sweet is a light and soft Indian dessert that’s extremely easy to make at home.

Gulabi Kalakand can be made & kept in the fridge for a week.

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Gulabi Kalakand – Rose Water Flavored Ricotta Dessert

What can be better than a super quick, moist and yet delicious dessert on a cold damp winter day ?

I guess some hot cuppa tea/coffee to go along with it 🙂

‘Kalakand’ is a popular Indian Sweet and is made using milk, sugar and nuts. It can be called a soft fudge too.

The traditional recipe calls for full-fat milk that’s slowly boiled to a thick consistency (almost half the quantity of the initial size).

Then sugar and fragrant water is mixed (rose, kewda, etc) to give it a light taste.

Then the reduced milk fudge is set in a large tray and chopped nuts are sprinkled on top for the final presentation.

Super easy to make and extremely delicious in every bite.

As I’ve been missing my Indian sweets a lot here, I decided to make these ‘Gulabi Kalakand’ at home.

However, I didnt wanted to go through the whole process of slow boiling the milk for ages on the stovetop (seriously it takes hours and you keep stirring in between).

So, I decided to use Ricotta (my favorite substitute of milk/paneer ingredients in sweets).

And what’s, even more, easier, it is made in the microwave!!! That means no more stirring the mix for hours on stove.

And once the Kalakand is ready, trust me people will feel you have slogged for hours to make it 🙂

Gulabi Kalakand also makes an excellent treat or dessert recipe for any Indian Festivals like Holi, Diwali, etc.

The trick to this sweet is to keep the taste as simple as possible, retaining moisture and the rose flavor makes it mouth watering……Enjoy


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Gulabi Kalakand – Rose Water Flavored Ricotta Dessert

Gulabi Kalakand – Rose Water Flavored Ricotta Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Low Fat Ricotta Cheese (15oz box) – You can also use homemade ricotta/paneer
  • Low Fat Condense Milk (14oz can)
  • 1Tbsp Ghee / Saltless Butter
  • 5 Tbsp Milk – Room Temperature
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Nuts – I’m using pecans or just omit this step
  • 1 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 Tsp Rose Water
  • 3-4 Fresh Chopped Rose Petals or Gulkand – Gulkand is a special sweet rose preparation available in any Indian grocery store.
  • 12 Small-Medium Paper Muffin Cups


NOTE: Please make sure the ricotta cheese and condense milk is in room temperature as it helps in easily mix the two together.

  1. In a microwavable bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, condense milk (2 tbsp less) and ghee.
  2. Now microwave uncovered on high for 5 mins. (Please keep an eye on the dish as it should not burn as all microwaves are different)
  3. Whisk again (the mixture would become little grainy and creamy) and microwave covered for 3 mins.
  4. Now, whisk again and microwave covered for 2 mins. (Keep an eye to avoid burning the dish). Repeat this step for total 4 mins.
  5. By now the mixture would be lot grainier and slightly dark creamy in color.
  6. Add cardamom powder, milk, chopped rose petals and give the mixture a final whisk.
  7. Shape and smooth the mixture evenly into the rectangle dish and sprinkle chopped nuts.
  8. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  9. Cut into desired sizes, put them in paper muffin cups and serve cold.


Serving Suggestion: Serve slightly cold

Nutrition Information

Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 1937 Total Fat 119g Carbohydrates 145g Protein 73g


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