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).
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
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.