Sweet Flavour of India: Karnataka - Mysore Pak, the sweet delicacy of South India

Mysore pak is a sweet delicacy which has its origin in Mysore, Karnataka in south India. In fact, it can actually be called the sweet representation of south India.According to legend, it was invented by the chief cook in the Mysore Palace, which was under reign of Krishnaraja IV at the time, in the early 19th century.The simple and sweet delicacy item was prepared by just using gram flour ghee and sugar. It was named paka by the cook, meaning “sugar syrup.”Over the years, Mysore pak has been relished not only by south India, but the whole of India; while also slowly and steadily gaining popularity on an international level, too.

If you have a sweet tooth, and have tasted this delectable item, then you maybe obviously knowing that Mysore Pak comes in two varieties; as the “wet” ghee-infused fudgy version and the powdery, porous blocks being the second version. The gooey sweet is bound to makes you fall in love with it the moment it melts in your mouth!

Following is the recipe for the irresistible dessert item that is Mysore Pak:

Ingredients:

Sugar (2 cup), baking soda (1 pinch), gram flour or besan (1 cup), ghee (3 cups), water (1 cup)

Method:

  • Add 1 cup of ghee in a pan and heat it over medium flame. Once the ghee is sufficiently hot, add gram flour in it and fry it for few minutes. The gram flour is to be fried properly so that its raw smell goes away.
  • Boil the sugar in another pan with water till it reaches a one string consistency. Once the sugar syrup is ready, add the fried gram flour in it and stir well till it thickens.
  • Heat the remaining ghee and gently add to the gram flour mixture. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. When the ghee starts to rise up from the sides and begins to separate, add the cooking soda.
  • Stir and pour into a greased plate. Gently spread the mixture and allow it to cool. Slice into desired shapes before it hardens fully. Store in an airtight container.

Posted by : AshwiniPEC | 2018-02-19

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