Monday, October 31, 2005

Paal Khoa- The microwave way

Diwali is tomorrow. So I kicked off the cooking routine for the festival today without the use of the stove. Paal khoa is milk that has been thickened with sugar and cardamom to a paste-like consistency. I still cannot forget the taste of delicious Aavin paal khoa. Making it requires patience and time. You boil the milk and simmer, it stirring all the time until it is thickened. One of our friends has arranged for a party to exchange sweets and snacks. When it comes to large-scale khoa-making, IT IS a lot of effort. So I thought I had nothing to lose when it came to try it the microwave way. Instead of condensing the milk, on the stove, a can of condensed milk goes into this. In just 6 minutes, you have a delicious paal khoa. The only work that is needed is stirring the mass every 2 minutes or so.

Although this is eaten with a spoon, I made it into small pedas for the guests to eat as a finger food. This makes about 20-25 small pieces.

Microwave paal khoa or peda

3 Cups Milk powder (non-fat is ok)
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 Stick unsalted butter
pinch saffron (optional)
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
Chopped pistachios

Melt the butter in the microwave in a microwable casserole with a lid. Add milk powder, condensed milk, and saffron. Mix well. Close the lid, microwave for 2 minutes. Remove, and stir. Add ground cardamom and mix.

Keep repeating for every 2 minutes (total around 6 minutes), until the color changes from yellow to light brown. Let them cool to luke warm. Make them into balls, and shape them to pedas. Or you can serve it like a halwa. Decorate with chopped pistachios.


  1. Oooh yumm... Aavin's pal khoa was addictive! I used to love their flavoured milk too.

  2. Hi Mika.. I just want to grab one, so tempting. Hope you had wonderful time with your friends on Deewali.

    (Sorry, I couldn't comment earlier, for the past two days I was not able to open any bloger sites, including yours. (Something wrong with the internet/blogger.)

  3. hi mika,
    aavin paal khoa was a staple souvenier from madras when I was a kid. I just drooled over the stuff at Indira's site, and was thinking about how I just dont have the patience for it. Thanks for the quick recipe :)

  4. Hi Mika,

    Thank you for this. Belated Deepavali wishes. I was too busy to make anything and was feeling so bad that my kids did not have anything for Deepavali ( well, we made sure we bought new clothes). Anyways, I had guests on Tuesday and I had to make dinner after I came back from work and I made this. What a great idea. So simple too..
    Actually, my SIL mentioned something similarin in summer to me, but I did not pay attention. So I spoke to her yesterday and she just microwaves the condensed milk by itself without adding the milk powder.

  5. Hi Mika,
    Belated diwali wishes!

    Your Paal khoa is indeed quite tempting-
    never knew microwave could be so adaptive to your yummy sweet.

    I do plan to make it some day.