Mysore Pak … a delicious treat!

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Mysore pak or Mysore paak must be one of the most popular sweets in Karnataka,  South India. It is one of my all time favorite sweets. A solid square, very porous, melts in the mouth kind of sweets, not far grom the honey comb fudge.

My Mum taught me how to make this very moody sweet, extremely simple but you need to stay alert when the syrup has reached a one thread consistency to pour your besan (chickpea flour) paste and never stop stirring!

 

 

Popular South India sweet usually made during festivals.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20  minutes
Makes: 12 to 16 pieces
Ingredients:

  1. Besan / Chickpea  flour – 1 cup
  2. Ghee – 1 cup
  3. Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar – 1 cup
  5. Water- 1/2 cup

Instructions:

Grease a tray ( i used 5″ x 5″ cake tin)with ghee and keep aside.Sift the besan flour through a fine sieve to remove any lumps.Keep aside.

  • In a pan heat ghee and oil together until it is smoking hot.Reduce the flame to low and let it heat.
  • In another pan  add sugar and water.Mix well until combined.
  • Cook this sugar mixture over medium low flame until it reaches single thread consistency.To check this , take a drop of sugar syrup between your thumb and index finger and pull gently ,if a single thread is be formed the sugar syrup is ready.( Note: the sugar syrup will be very hot.)
  • Once the sugar syrup is ready,add the sifted besan flour in batches and mix well until combined.Cook over medium heat for about  1 minute, stirring continuously.( Note:From now on ,till the final step you will have to stir this mixture continuously.)Now increase the heat of ghee- oil mixture to medium high.
  • Add a ladle full of hot ghee-oil mixture to this.Now the besan mixture will turn frothy.Keep stirring continuously until the ghee-oil mixture is completely absorbed and  it turns smooth again.
  • Again add a ladle full of hot ghee-oil mixture and mix well until it is completely absorbed and the besan mixture turns smooth again. Similarly continue adding the hot ghee-oil mixture in batches until all of it is used up.
  • Cook this ,stirring continuously until it starts to leave the sides of the pan easily.Soon this mixture will turn frothy and porous.
  • When the mixture turns frothy and porous switch off the stove and immediately transfer this into the greased tray.Gently level the surface using a greased knife or spoon.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into desired shapes.Allow this to cool completely before removing from the tray.

    In the final step,make sure the besan mixture is frothy and porous while transferring it into the tray.If you transfer the mixture before this stage, mysore pak will turn out soft and will have a raw taste.If you over cook the mixture ,it will crumble easy and you will not be able to cut it into squares .

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