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Must-try desi dessert: Malpua with Rabri

By Lopamudra Tripathy
February 05, 2015 14:40 IST
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Rediff reader Lopamudra Tripathy shares the recipe of Malpua with Rabri.

Malpua with Rabri is a very common sweet in Odisha as it is one of the 56 offering (chappan bhog) of Lord Jagannath, at Puri temple. Though Malpua alone is very delicious, serving it with rabri makes it rich in taste and look, says Lopamudra.

Here’s the recipe:

Malpua with Rabri


For Malpua

  • I cup maida (all-purpose flour)
  • Half cup milk powder (sugar less milk powder)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (not needed if milk powder has sugar)
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)
  • 1.5 cups thickened milk (boil 3 cups of full fat milk to 1 cup)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • Oil for frying

For sugar syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cardamoms

For Rabri

  • 2 liters full fat milk
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • A pinch of saffron
  • ½ tsp of cardamom powder


How to make Rabri and Malpua

  • Mix all the ingredients for malpua and make a fine paste. Its consistency should be almost like Dosa or Pancake batter.  If needed add a table spoon of warm water to make it smooth.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add a spoon full of batter to the oil. It should come up immediately. Fry the malpuas till golden. Fry 3 to 4 malpuas in a batch.
  • In the meantime make the sugar syrup by boiling water and sugar for a couple of minutes. Add the cardamom pods. Then reduce heat and keep stirring till the syrup becomes one thread thick. To check one thread thickness, put a drop of syrup on your finger tip and try to pull it with another fingertip. If it makes a thread then the syrup is done.
  • Soak the Malpuas in hot syrup for 30 minutes.
  • For Rabri, Boil 2 liters of full fat milk and keep on stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom of the vessel or burning. Keep it boiling for around 45 minutes until the milk thickens to half. Add a can of sweetened condensed milk and saffron strands to it. Mix nicely. Add the cardamom powder. Switch off the flame and let it cool a bit.

To serve the preparation, Place the malpuas on serving plates and pour warm rabri over it.

Photographs: Lopamudra Tripathy


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