Kesar Malai Laddoo / Paneer Laddoo

Laddoos are the most popular sweet all across India! There are hundreds and thousands of varieties of Laddoos made to celebrate any function or festival. These days there are many exotic flavors or ingredients but in Indian sweets I am partial to the traditional popular flavors of saffron and cardamom.

Today I am presenting a recipe for super addictive and immensely delicious Malai Laddoo / Paneer Laddoo which are made using cottage cheese and reduced milk. Its texture is literally melt-in-your-mouth. These are a sure hit with kids and adults alike.

These laddoos are very simple and easy to make without the use of any complicated ingredient.
It is ideal for offering during festive season or to celebrate any occasion.




10-12 Laddoos


1.  Using fresh paneer gives the best texture and taste.

2. You can also use 1 cup of crumbled ready-made paneer and 1/2 cup of heavy cream instead of making fresh paneer and reducing milk ( if you are in a rush ).

3. Instead of using saffron, you can also add rose syrup for a different flavor.

4. Add choice of nuts / dry fruits. 

5. These are just sweet Laddoos, If you want to make them sweeter, add a little more sugar.


  • 1 1/2 liter full fat milk

  • 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar (increase a little more if preferred)

  • Mix together 2 tbsp vinegar +2 tbsp water

  • 1/4 tsp Saffron crushed and soaked in 1 tbsp of warm milk. (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder (optional)


1.  Take 1 liter of milk in a heavy bottom pan, turn on the flame to medium high and bring the milk to a boil. Keep stirring in between.

2. When the milk starts boiling, turn off the flame and add vinegar-water mixture little by little till the milk curdles / separates. It would take about 30 seconds or so.

3. Use a cheesecloth to drain out the excess water ( whey ) and collect the paneer (chenna ). 

Pour a cup of cold water over the the chenna to get rid of vinegar taste.
Finally, squeeze out all the excess water and let it hang for about 10-20 min.

4. Take the remaining half liter of milk in a heavy pan and reduce it to half the quantity. It would take around 10 mins.

5. While the milk is reducing, knead the paneer we made to make it smooth. ( It should be about 1 cup of paneer ).

If you are using store bought paneer, crumble it and pulse it in a mixer to make it smooth.

6. Once the milk is reduced to almost half, add sugar and cook a little more till it becomes slightly thick.

7. Finally add the smooth paneer along with saffron and powdered cardamom, and cook again till the mixture becomes dough like.

8. When it starts to look like dough, turn off the flame. Take it out in a bowl and let it come to room temperature.

9. Grease your hands with some ghee/butter and make the laddoo. Slightly mash the mixture into your palms to make smooth laddoo.

10. Decorate as desired. Keep refrigerated, serve at room temperature.