Mysore Pak recipe - A popular South Indian sweet which is a melt in mouth dessert made with ghee, gram flour and sugar. Made using unique method and few techniques to create a soft ghee mysore pa. This is a very popular sweet made during Diwali. Along with my kaju katli and besan ladoo this sweet is a family favorite.
One of my all time favorite homemade sweet is Mysore pak. I always wanted to make the melt in mouth barfi like soft Mysore pak. But I have never got a proper recipe. Finally yesterday I found a recipe in an old newspaper. The trick is to not cooking the gram flour mix too long. It has to be taken when it is still smooth. I made it and wow I was surprised with the results.
Mysore Pak a time involving sweet and of course lots of ghee involving sweet. I make them occasionally, say during festival season like Diwali. But sometime I crave for that and when i finish making it and have a small piece, the sugar and ghee content stops my craving immediately and i feel satisfied.
About Mysore pak
Mysore pak is a besan burfi which is made with gram flour, sugar, and lots of ghee. The texture of mysore pak should be very soft, fudgy and melt in mouth texture. It is also known as mysore Pak, mysore pa, ghee mysore pak, nei mysore pak and milk mysore pak.
Most of us think mysore pak can be little tricky to make but not at all. It is one of the easiest sweet you can make. The texture of the mysore pak vary each time with the measurements of the ingredient which you use and how long you are cooking them.
Mysore pak makes a delicious must make dessert for any occasions. These melt in mouth morsels of heaven is everyone's favorite including me. But making it can be a process. It is pretty complicated and needs lots of patience time. More over getting the texture right is crucial.
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Mysore Pak Ingredients
Gram Flour - use good quality gram flour (besan) for getting the texture right. Sieve gram flour so it is lump free, Toasting the gram flour in ghee gives nutty aroma.
Sugar - granulated sugar is used in making mysore pak. Cook sugar with water till it reaches one string consistency.
Ghee - use desi ghee or clarified butter for flavour and taste.
Different Methods for Making Mysore Pak
Nice Mysore Pak (Ghee Mysore Pak) - This method is made with gram flour, ghee, cooked together with sugar syrup. The mixture is cooked till soft and barfi like texture. The texture is soft and melt in mouth.
Traditional Mysore pak - is made in a little different method. Ghee is heated in a separate pan till very hot. Gram flour is mixed with sugar syrup in a separate pan. The hot ghee is ladled in and kept on mixing. The process goes like, one person keep mixing the gram flour and another person keeps adding the ghee. So it is a two man's job. At one stage it gets frothy thats when the mixture is poured in mould.
Milk Mysore pak - this is mysore pak has milk added which is soft in texture.
Koodu Mysore pak - There is another version where they add baking soda in mysore pak which creates a hole like porous texture in mysore pak. The sweet is little hard in texture too. It is called as koodu mysore pa.
How to Make Ghee Mysore Pak (Step wise Pictures)
1)The first step in making mysore pak is to prepare the mould in which you are going to set the mysore pak once it is cooked. Grease a square mould generously with ghee and set aside.
2)Heat ghee and oil in a kadai or sauce pan. Don't heat it too much, just heat till it gets warm.
3)Once the ghee and oil is heated enough. Remove ½ cup of the ghee oil mix in a separate bowl.
Take gram flour in a bowl. Pour in hot ghee mix in the gram flour and whisk till smooth and lump free.
4)Mix gram flour with ghee till lump free and smooth. The warm ghee oil mix will heat the gram flour mixture just enough to remove the raw smell from the besan.
Reserve the half cup of the ghee and oil mix in a separate bowl, we will be using it later in this recipe.
Making Sugar Syrup
5)We are going to make sugar syrup. I am using a non-stick kadai. This is the kadai we will be cooking mysore pak.
Take 1 cup of sugar in a kadai. Pour in ½ cup of water.
6)Mix sugar and water together. The sugar will melt first and starts to boil. Cook on low heat until sugar melts. once it is melted, increase the heat and cook on high heat.
7)Cook the syrup till it reaches one string consistency.
8)To check that consistency take few drops sugar syrup between your fingers and it should form a string when your press between them(check image). Or you can add few drops of sugar syrup in a bowl of cold water, the sugar syrup wont get dissolved. Or you can take the sugar syrup in a spoon and invert them, the last drop falling from the spoon forms a string like consistency.
Making Mysore Pak
9)Pour the gram flour, ghee and oil mixture in the sugar syrup.
10)Mix the gram flour mixture into the sugar syrup evenly.
11)Once the gram flour is mixed, it will start to thicken.
12)Once it starts to thicken, Add in the remaining ½ cup of ghee which we have reserved earlier.
13)Once the ghee is added, continue to stir and cook till it starts to thicken even more. Cook on medium heat and keep mixing.
14)At one point the mixture will be thick and starts to leave the sides of the pan like this. This will take around 5 minutes of cooking.
Getting Mysore pak Texture
15)At this point, Now turn off the heat. THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL. We are going to mix the mysore pak mixture for 1 minute non-stop after the heat is off.
16)Now the heat is off, we are going to continue mixing the mixture after the heat is off. This step is very important in getting the texture. You have to mix constantly. Keep mixing for 1 minute the mixture will thicken even more.
17)Now the mixture will start to leave the sides of the pan and will be thick like a barfi mixture.
18)As you can see the texture is more mass like. It is shiny, smooth but thickened more. This is the step we are looking for. You have to transfer the mixture to the greased mould immediately at this stage.
Cooling Mysore Pak & De-moulding
19)Transfer the mixture to greased mould.
20)Spread the mysore pak mixture in tray. Allow it to set in the mould for at least 1 hour before inverting.
21)Use a knife to release mysore pak from mould. Take it in a baking tray.
22)Slice into pieces and serve.
23)Look at the melt in mouth texture.
Traditional Method for Making Mysore Pak
This is my mom's recipe for making mysore pa. This is the traditional way of making this sweet. In this method we add hot ghee little at a time over the sugar gram flour mixture until the consistency of mysore pa is reached.
The process starts with roasting gram flour in ghee till aromatic. In a separate pan we heat ghee till it is super hot. Now for mysore pa, we cook sugar syrup till one string consistency. Now sprinkle roasted gram flour in the sugar syrup and mix till smooth.
Add hot ghee little at a time and keep mixing till thick and foamy. Once the consistency is reached, transfer the cooked mysore pak in greased mould and allow it to set for few hours. Slice into pieces and serve.
- 1 cup Gram Flour (Besan, Kadalai maavu)
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 ½ cup Ghee
- ½ cup Water
How to Make Mysore Pak in Traditional Way
1)Grease a mould in which we are going to set the mysore pak with ghee generously and set aside. Take ghee in a pan on one stove and keep that simmering because you need hot ghee.
2)Dry roast gram flour for 2 mins. Remove to a bowl.
3)Heat sugar in a nonstick pan, add water and heat till it melts. Bring this to a boil and cook till sugar syrup reaches one string consistency.
4)Now lower the flame and sprinkle in besan little at a time and mix well till smooth and thickened.
5)Once it thickens, start adding ladleful of hot ghee into the gram flour mixture and keep mixing till the first ladle of ghee is absorbed into the gram flour mixture.
6)Once the first ladleful of ghee is absorbed add next ladle. Keep cooking till the mysorepak is frothy.
7)Once the first ladleful of ghee is absorbed add next ladle. Keep cooking till the mysore pak is frothy.
8)Now the mysore pak mixture is frothy.
9)Pour it in the greased pan and smooth the top. Allow it to set for 5 minutes, then cut it into pieces. Now let it set for 10 to 15 minutes.
10)Once it is cooled, invert it to a plate.
11)Cut into mysore pak pieces. You can cut into any shapes as you prefer.
Milk Mysore Pak (Easy Method)
If you own a microwave, then this recipe is a treat for you. It is super easy to make and takes less than 5 mins. Recently one of my friend shared this recipe with me. I was quite surprised to see it, because i never thought that I can make this utterly delicious sweet in less than 5 mins and the most surprising element is this dish has just half the amount of ghee too and you don't have to bother with making sugar syrup.
She also told me that this tastes like Adyar Ananda Bhavan Milk Mysore pa. This made me to try it immediately and even though it didn't taste exactly like that, but it closely resembled that and just melted in my mouth. This milk mysore pak keeps its soft texture(a little hard it got) after it cools but still melts in mouth.
Ingredients for Milk Mysore pak
- ½ cup Gram Flour
- 1 cup Icing Sugar
- ½ cup Ghee
- 2 tsp Milk
How to Make Milk Mysore Pak
1)Grease a plate with ghee in which we are going to set the milk mysore pak and set aside. Sieve gram flour, so there is no lumps present. Set aside till use.
2)Now in a microwave safe bowl, take 1 tblspn of ghee and add in the sifted besan and mix well.
3)Microwave it for a min and mix this well. Remove the roasted gram flour mix to a plate.
4)Now in the same bowl, take the remaining ghee and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds till the ghee is hot and melted.
5)Now remove the melted ghee from microwave and add in icing sugar. For this recipe you need icing sugar rather than regular sugar.
6)Add in milk and give this a good mix.
7)Add in roasted gram flour and give it a good mix. Now the ghee, sugar, milk and gram flour mixture is combined really well.
8)Now place this mixture in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Once it is cooked for 1 minute, Remove and give a mix, as you can see the mix would have thickened more.
9)Put this again the microwave for 1 minute. Now the mix will be little foamy.
10)Mix it well. The mixture has to be foamy like shown in the picture. If it is still looking thin and pasty like, pop it in microwave and cook for another 30 more seconds.
11)Now the mix will be correct consistency. Pour the whole mix in a greased dish and smooth it slightly.
12)Allow it to cool down for 10 mins. Slice and serve.
About Gram Flour (Besan)
Sieving gram flour is important, it will get rid of the lumps. When making mysore pak, you have to toast the gram flour lightly to remove raw smell.
Use good quality cow's ghee for making mysore pak. It adds good flavour and aroma. You can use half ghee or half oil for making mysore pak.
Getting the sugar to one string consistency is very important. To check that consistency take few drops sugar syrup between your fingers and it should form a string when your press between them(check image). Or you can add few drops of sugar syrup in a bowl of cold water, the sugar syrup wont get dissolved. Or you can take the sugar syrup in a spoon and invert them, the last drop falling from the spoon forms a string like consistency.
No Over Cooking
Keep cooking mysore pak only the mentioned time. Once the mix gets thick, turn off the heat and stir for 1 min. The mysore pak mix has to be smooth. That gives the smooth texture.
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Mysore Pak | Mysore Pak Recipe (How to Make Soft Mysore Pa)
- Cooking pot
Ghee Mysore Pak
- 1 cup Gram Flour | Besan
- ¾ cup Oil
- ¾ cup Ghee
- 1 cup Sugar
- ½ cup Water
Traditional Method Mysore Pak
- 1 cup Gram Flour | Besan
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1½ cup Ghee
- ½ cup Water
Ghee Mysore Pak
- Take gram flour in a bowl. Heat ghee and oil lightly. Remove ½ cup of the mix into a bowl. Add remaining mixture into the gram flour and whisk till smooth.
- Take sugar and water in a nonstick pan. Heat it and let the sugar melts. Once it is melted. Bring it to a boil. Cook till one string consistency is reached.
- Now add the gram flour mix and mix well. Once it is mixed well, add the remaining ghee and mix well. Cook till the mixture gets thick and smooth. Cook on medium low heat for 5 mins till it gets thick and bubbly.
- Now turn off the heat and keep mixing for 1 min. It will get nice and thick. Now pour this in greased mould. Spread evenly.
- Now cool this for 30 mins. Un mould, slice and serve.
Traditional Method Mysore Pak
- Grease a mould with ghee and set aside. Take ghee in a pan on one stove and keep that simmering because you need hot ghee always.
- Dry roast gram flour for 2 mins. Remove this to a bowl.
- Heat sugar in a nonstick pan, add water and heat till it melts. Now cook till it reaches 1 string consistency.
- Now lower the flame and add in besan and mix well. Once it thickens, start adding ladleful of hot ghee into the besan and keep mixing. Once the first ladleful of ghee is absorbed add next ladle. Keep cooking till the mysorepak is frothy.
- Pour it in the greased pan and smooth the top. Cut into pieces.Cool it for 10 mins and then invert it to a plate. Serve.
Milk Mysore pak in Microwave
- Grease a plate with ghee and set aside. Sieve gram flour, so there is no lumps present. Set aside till use.
- Now in a microwave safe bowl, take 1 tblspn of ghee and add in the sifted besan and mix well. Microwave it for a min and mix this well. Remove this mix to a plate.
- Now in the same bowl, take the remaining ghee and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds till ghee is melted. Now remove the melted ghee from microwave and add in icing sugar, milk and gram flour. Give this a good mix.
- Now pop this in the microwave and cook for 1 min. Remove it and give a mix and put this again the microwave for 1 minute.
- Now the mix will be little foamy. If you find it not that foamy and airy, pop that in microwave for 30 more seconds. Now the mix will be correct consistency. Pour the whole mix in a grease dish and smooth it slightly.
- Allow it cool down for 10 mins. Slice and serve.
- Toast the gram flour lightly to remove raw smell.
- Don't add too much sugar. 1 cup was perfect.
- Getting the sugar consistency is very important. One string consistency.
- Keep cooking only the mentioned time. else the mysorepak will over cook.
- The mysore pak mix has to be smooth. That gives the smooth texture.
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