Tuesday, 20 April 2010


About the food:

This is a traditional Indian sweet dish, served as a dessert or as a snack.

Preparation time: 30mins
Cooking time: 30mins

Ingredients: ( serves 6)

2 cups of white flour
1/2 cup semolina
200ml evaporated milk (or condensed milk)
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp rose water
whole milk 200ml ( if needed)
1 banana, finely mashed
seeds of 6 cardamom pods
Vegetable oil for deep frying


1.De-seed the cardamom pods and finely crush the seeds in a morter and pestle. Keep it aside.

2.Put the flour in a big mixing bowl. Add the semolina and the cardamom powder to the flour.Mix the evaporated milk and make a smooth paste. Add the mashed banana and mix it well. The paste should not be too thick or too watery.A caution: do not mix all the evaporated milk to the flour, start mixing it slowly, and add as much as it takes for a smooth paste. You might use a portion of the whole milk if you need.

3.Boil 1 litre of water.Add the sugar and let it simmer to obtain a thick syrup. Add the rose water. The syrup should be 1 thread thick (i.e. the syrup should be 1 thread thick when taken between two fingers and stretched). Let it cool.

4.Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Pour 1 big serving spoonful of the mixture to the oil. The mixture would dip to the base of the pan, and then would rise up. when one side is done, fry the other side by tossing it over. The pancakes would be crispy and dark golden in colour.

5.Drain the oil from the pancakes on a kitchen tissue and transfer them to the bowl of sugar syrup. Soak the pancakes in the syrup for about 10 mins and transfer them in a serving bowl.

6. The malpowas are now ready to serve.

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