Belagavi Kunda is a famous sweet of Belagavi, the erstwhile Belgaum. The sweet has an interesting story behind its discovery. Jakku Marwadi Mithaiwala came from Rajasthan and set up a sweet shop at Shahpur area.Once, Jakku Marwadi was boiling milk in his kitchen. In a hurry, he forgot to switch the stove off and the milk continued boiling for a long time. Gradually, the milk had taken a solid form by the time Jakku Marwadi came back to switch the stove off.
When he tasted the solid form of milk, it tasted sweet. Then, he mixed some khowa into the milk and started boiling it for long hours. This time the taste was even better. A happy Marwadi gave the sweet a name — calling it Kunda. (courtesy: allaboutbelgaum.com)
It takes a couple of hours of stirring to make this dessert. But worth all the effort. When I served this to my boys, the first question they asked is where I bought it from. What better compliment then that??
- 2 ltrs Milk
- 1 cup Sugar (+ 1/2 cup or more)
- 2 teaspoons Cardamom powder
- 1 cup Curd Fresh
- 1 cup Chopped dry fruits
- Boil the milk till the quantity is reduced to 1/3rd.
- Add 1 cup sugar. If you want more sweetness,you may add more. Do keep in mind that we will be using the remaining sugar as well.
- Add the curd. You will see that milk will curdle. Continue cooking.
- Heat another pan.
- Add the remaining sugar and heat till it caramelises and becomes brown in colour.
- Immediately pour this into the milk mixture and stir well.
- Continue cooking till all the moisture is evaporated.
- Add the cardamom powder and chopped dry fruits.
- Transfer to a greased plate.
- Cut into squares.