Mysore Pak Recipe

Mysore Pak

Ingredients Required

To create Mysore Pak, gather the following ingredients:

  • Besan (gram flour)
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • A pinch of cardamom powder

Step-by-Step Instructions

Let's explore the process of making Mysore Pak:

  1. Preparing the Besan Mixture

    • In a mixing bowl, combine besan and melted ghee.
    • Mix well to create a smooth, lump-free mixture.
  2. Cooking the Mixture

    • In a wide, heavy-bottomed pan, combine sugar and water.
    • Heat the mixture over medium heat to create a sugar syrup.
  3. Checking Sugar Syrup Consistency

    • Continue heating the sugar syrup until it reaches a one-string consistency. To check, take a small amount of syrup between your thumb and forefinger; it should form a single thread.
  4. Combining Besan and Sugar Syrup

    • Once the sugar syrup reaches the desired consistency, slowly add the besan mixture.
    • Stir continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. Cooking Mysore Pak

    • Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring consistently. It will thicken and absorb the ghee.
  6. Adding Cardamom Flavor

    • Add a pinch of cardamom powder for a fragrant touch.
  7. Setting in a Greased Tray

    • Grease a tray or plate with ghee and pour the cooked mixture into it.
    • Smooth the surface to your desired thickness.
  8. Cutting into Pieces

    • While it's still warm, cut the Mysore Pak into diamond or square-shaped pieces.
  9. Cooling and Serving

    • Allow the Mysore Pak to cool and set completely. It will harden as it cools.
    • Once set, it's ready to be served.

Tips for Perfect Mysore Pak

  • Use high-quality besan for the best texture and flavor.
  • Stir continuously during the cooking process to prevent sticking and lumps.
  • Adjust the amount of ghee to achieve the desired level of richness.

Flavor Variations

While classic Mysore Pak is flavored with cardamom, you can experiment with variations by adding saffron strands, pistachios, or a pinch of nutmeg for unique flavors and textures.

Serving and Storage

Serve Mysore Pak as a sweet treat after meals or during festivals. Store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain its freshness.

The Sweet Conclusion

Mysore Pak, with its royal lineage and delightful flavor, remains a cherished part of South Indian culinary traditions. Whether you're making it for a festival or to savor a piece of South India's heritage, Mysore Pak is a sweet indulgence that's sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.

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