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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Celebrating Children's Day Event

Hi All,

We are in the process of moving. The internet connection at new place won't be active until next 10 to 12 days. For the same reason, I would like to extend the date for 10 days to 10-Dec-2008. I am posting this from my hubby's Phone, so won't be to reply invidually, but I received recipes from Chandni, Athisaya Divya, Purva, Priya, Cham, Jayshree, and Shibani. Please do send your entries to I would really appreciate your participation for this event.


Original Post

After successful celebration of Diwali, Onam, Navratri, Krishna and Ganesh Chaturthi and Rakhi.

Dear friends Purva and Priti have given me the opportunity to host Festive Food Event for this Children's day.

Children are the most innocent, sweet, cute, curious beings. They are the joy of life. Most would agree that the day they became parents was the happiest day of their life. Children don’t know caste, creed, color, or religion. They love you for who you are and don’t expect anything in return, other than a candy once in a while.

Children’s day is celebrated for their love. Most countries in the world celebrate children’s day but on different days. Our beloved country, India, celebrates it on November 14th every year. This is also birthday of Chacha Nehru. Children’s day in India is born out of his love for kids.

Enough of history and philosophy lesson, lets get to business. Lets all the food bloggers celebrate this wonderful day with recipes that children love. Lets be creative and have some fantastic recipes. You can put your favorite recipe as kid or your kids favorite dish.

Take it away girls. Let’s have some simple but wonderful recipes that blogging mothers, current and future, can make for their kids, easy to make delicious.


Both email and link back to this post are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding.

1. Cook anything that kids love and post it on your blog from now till December 3rd More recipes the better!!!!

2. Add a link back to this event. Please include the logo!!!!

3. Please send me an e-mail to with the following info.

Subject : Children’s Day Recipe Event

1.Dish Name

2.Your post URL

3.Your Blog URL

4. A picture of the dish

5. Non bloggers can e-mail me the recipe and the picture and I will include it in the round up.

6. If you feel you want to participate but don’t have time for a new creation, I can accept previous entry but please create a new post and link it to this event.

7. If you want to submit multiple entries, please link all the old posts in one new post, link the post with logo and event announcement.

Looking forward to all your enthusiastic participation!!!!

Disclaimer: Images in the logo are courtesy of Though, I merged them to make the logo.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Khoya Kalakand

The Kalakand is a Bengali sweet dish. This is also very famous in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is semi-homemade for two reasons. First, I use store-bought khoya. Second, I use powdered-sugar, which has corn-flour which serves as a thickening agent to milk so I don't have to boil it for hours. It serves the purpose well since it saves time and energy without affecting taste one bit. It comes out soft and sweet and it crumbles first and then melts in your mouth.


  • 2 cups Khoya, crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 5 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Almonds, chopped


1. Pour water in the pan. When it starts to boil, add milk.

2. Boil the milk once and turn down the heat and let milk simmer. Stir continuously.

3. After 10 minutes add powdered sugar.

4. Let it come to boil once with high on heat.

5. Add granulated sugar, nutmeg, and cardamom powder.

6. Let it simmer for 5 more minutes.

7. Add crumbled khoya and mix it up well with milk and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes only.

8. Grease deep dish or plate with ghee.

9. Pour Kalakand mixture and let it cool completely. Sprinkle chopped almond on top.

10. After that refrigerate it for 20 minutes.

11. Cut it into square pieces and serve.