Malpua: Malapua is a pancake served as a dessert or a snack. There are several variations, using the following ingredients: maida (all purpose flour), milk. The batter is left to stand for a few hours before being spooned into a pan of hot oil to form a bubbling pancake which should be crisp around the edges. The pancakes are then immersed in thick sugar syrup.
Malapua is a popular sweet to make on the Hindu religious occasion of Holi. Malapua is served at the Jagannath Temple as Sakala Dhupa (Morning food served to the lord).
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup mawa (unsweetened khoya)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp fennel (Saunf) powder
- 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
- A pinch of salt
- Oil or Ghee, for frying
- 3 tbsp pistachios, slivered
- 3 tbsp almonds, blanched, peeled and slivered
For Sugar Syrup:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
- 4 – 6 strands of saffron
- Bring the milk to a boil, on medium heat.
- Simmer the milk till it reduces to 1 1/2 cups.
- Remove the milk from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- In a bowl, add khoya with half of the milk.
- Mix till it is smooth.
- Add in the green cardamom powder, fennel powder, sugar and salt.
- Mix well.
- Add in half of the flour.
- Mix well till there are no lumps.
- Add the remaining flour and mix well.
- Slowly add the remaining milk till it forms a smooth flowing batter.
Note: If more milk is required to make the malpua batter, do add more. Add milk as required for a flowing batter. If the batter has become too thin, you can always add a few tablespoons of flour to thicken it.
- Set aside till you make the sugar syrup.
- To prepare sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a stainless steel vessel.
- Melt the sugar and cook the sugar syrup for 10-12 minutes on low medium flame.
- Add in the green cardamom powder.
- Remove the ssugar syrup from heat.
- Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a pan on low medium flame for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour a small ladle full of batter in the center of the pan without spreading it.
- Do not try to touch the pancake till it starts to turn golden along the edges.
- It will slowly get immersed in the oil and cook on medium flame till the sides are golden brown.
- Flip it over and cook on medium flame for another 2-3 minutes or till it turns golden brown.
- Use a slotted spoon to drain the Malpua and place it in the sugar syrup immediately.
- Fully immerse the Malpua in the sugar syrup and let it sit for half a minute.
- Remove with a slotted spoon such that the sugar syrup drains off the Malpua and then place it on a serving plate.
- Spoon some rabri on top of the malpua and garnish with pistachios and almond slivers.
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