- Gram Flour – 75gms
- Sugar – 200gms
- Water – 110gms (or 110ml)
- Ghee – 100gms
- Vanaspati – 100gms
Take a microwave safe bowl which is easy to handle. In the bowl add ghee and mix vanaspati. Place this ghee-vanaspati mixture bowl in microwave oven and heat on high power for 10 to 15 seconds or till the mixture is hot.
Take a cake tin and smear ghee in the inner sides and bottom.
Place a pan on the gas stove on low flame. Cooking of this dish is done entirely on low flame only. Add water and sugar to the pan. Cook the sugar solution stirring till it reaches one thread consistency. When sugar solution starts boiling place the candy thermometer and cook it reaches 110oC. When the syrup reaches one thread consistency (110oC) add gram flour and mix well. Mix the gram flour till there are no lumps. Cook the mixture till it becomes somewhat thick. Meanwhile heat the ghee mixture in microwave oven on high power for 10 to 15 seconds. When the gram flour starts thickening add some ghee mixture and keep stirring till all the ghee is absorbed by the gram flour-sugar mixture. Keep stirring the mixture all the while. The gram flour while getting cooked smells raw. We need to add ghee and fry till the raw smell of gram flour vanishes and a nice aroma fills the space. Mean while heat the ghee mixture in microwave oven on high power for 10 to 15 seconds once again. When all the ghee is incorporated into the gram flour mixture, add some ghee mixture and mix again. Wait till all the ghee is absorbed. Now repeat the process of heating and adding some of the ghee mixture to the gram flour mixture. In this process the gram flour gets cooked in the sugar syrup and gets fried in the ghee mixture. At one stage the gram flour mixture will not absorb any more ghee. By this time the raw smell of the gram flour also vanishes giving a nice aroma of fried gram flour. The color of the gram flour mixture also changes slightly. Now work fast from this stage. At this stage immediately take the pan off the flame and transfer the mixture to the prepared cake tin. Spread evenly with the flat ladle and leave it aside till all the ghee is absorbed. Once all the ghee is absorbed immediately cut into desired shapes within the cake tin. Leave this marked mixture aside to cool completely.When the mixture is cool turn it into a plate and break near the cut marks to separate the pieces. When we observe a piece, we find the middle portion of the piece is slightly darker than the top and bottom portions. The heat inside the mixture is the reason for the change in color in the middle portion. The mysore pak is ready to serve.
Points to Remember:
Take good quality gram flour which is free of germs.
Vanaspati or hydrogenated oil (Oil not known many times !!) may be replaced with ghee or oil. Vanaspati does not have any flavor so it will not smell bad after some time. If we use ghee instead of vanaspati the mysore pak tastes rich. But due to the strong smell of ghee it will give a feeling of nausea and one will be restricted to eat very less. If we replace oil with vanaspati, after few days the mysore pak will taste oily. So it is better to use vanaspati and ghee combination for taste as well as less rich feeling. One can even prepare the dish entirely with vanaspati, but as we all know vanaspati is not good for health as it is hydrogenated oil and contains lot of fat.
Always use melted ghee and melted vanaspati only.
To test the thread consistency of sugar it is a good option to use candy thermometer. When the syrup reaches 110oC on the candy thermometer, the sugar syrup reaches one thread consistency.
Always heat the ghee mixture before adding to the gram flour mixture. The cooking gram flour mixture will be too hot. When we add room temperature or less hot ghee-vanaspati mixture, the temperature will come down. The temperature of the gram flour mixture should not come down after adding the ghee mixture. So to maintain the temperature it is advisable to heat the ghee mixture before every addition to the gram flour mixture. Therefore use the Microwave to warm the ghee mixture
The process which takes place in Mysore Pak preparation is, gram flour gets cooked in sugar solution and it gets fried in the ghee mixture. Cooking and frying removes the raw smell of gram flour. Frying also makes the gram flour light and fluffy. The more fluffy the gram flour becomes we find more holes in the mysore pak.
At a stage the gram flour mixture becomes fluffy and appears like soap bubbles and it slightly changes color. At this stage we can also observe that the raw smell of gram flour vanishes and the mixture is not ready to take any more ghee.Then immediately transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and spread. If we leisurely do this transferring job, the mixture becomes hard and will not get the desired shape—then we have to consume it in powder form. So work fast and do not waste time on scraping the vessel while emptying it into the cake tin.
Cutting the Mysore Pak to pieces while it is still warm is once again more important—otherwise the mixture hardens and will not break evenly afterwards.
Mysore Pak making will become a success when the middle portion of it changes color and gets red tinge. The top portion of the mysore pak gets cooled as it is in open and the bottom portion gets cooled as the surface of the cake tin is touching the ground. The middle portion of the mysore pak gets cooked further with the heat retained in between and gets a red tinge.
Do not be tempted to cook on high flame. The entire process will be finished within half an hour—so be patient and the dish will come out excellently.
those who are not having microwave oven, heat the ghee mixture on
burner. Gas flame heat is retained for a longer period due to the vessel
heat — so it will not be
necessary to heat before every addition. Think scientifically and act
not add all the ghee mixture at one go. Initially add around one-fourth
ghee mixture taken. For the next addition also add one-fourth of the
ghee. Later on add little by little. When the gram flour mixture starts
becoming foamy, add ghee mixture little by little only. For me in this
only 180gms of ghee mixture was sufficient on the whole. But to be on
take a little bit more. oil mixture was taken. Mysore
Pak making, as all think, is not difficult. It is a
dish to be prepared patiently to enjoy the great taste.
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Cherukuri Prasad said...
your presentation about mysore pak is simply excellent. liked it soooooooooooooooooooooo much.
March 25, 2011 9:19 PM
Hello Gayatri Garu,
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