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World’s Most Gladdening Dessert: Mysore Pak

World’s Most Gladdening Dessert: Mysore Pak

Mysore Pak is a sweet that originated from Mysuru, Karnataka. The sweet is a make of ghee, cardamom, gram flour, and sugar. The butter texture will melt your heart just like it melted in your mouth.

It is mostly served in celebrations and ceremonies, especially in baby showers. The word “pak” is from a Kannada word called “Paka”, meaning the sweet medley.

Chronicles of Mysore Pak:

Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore is a food lover and an explorer. He maintained a great kitchen to prepare different cuisines such as European and the prasadam (sacred offerings) in various temples in his kingdom. 

His sous chef, one Mr. Kakasura Madappa, wanted to impress his king with a new dish. He prepared a soft pak and presented it in royal thalli (plate) as a fudgy dessert. The king called the sous chef and asked him the name of this dessert. The sous chef said the first thing that flashed into his mind – “Mysore Pak”. The rest is history.

Recipe of Mysore Pak:

Mysore Pak is a sticky sweet syrup created by boiling the sugar with some amount of water. Only a few chefs mastered the original sweet syrup recipe. Some of them are still holding it as a secret.

At least let’s try the way of preparing Mysore Pak with some of the facts.

Ingredients:

  • Two cups of sugar
  • One pinch of baking soda  
  • One cup gram flour 
  • Three cups of ghee  
  • One cup of water  

Method:

  • Add one cup of ghee to a pan and heat it on medium flame. 
  • When the ghee is adequately hot, add the gram flour and heat it for a few minutes.
  • Then, heat the sugar with some water in a pan until it gets into a string consistency.
  • When the sugar syrup is ready, add the gram flour to it and saute well till it gets thick.
  • Heat the remaining ghee, add it in a regular interval of time, and stir it well.
  • Once the ghee started separating, add the baking soda.
  • Pour it into a greased plate and spread it well. Set it aside to cool.
  • Before it gets too rigid, slice it in a rectangular shape.

You can store it in a sealed container. You can store it for a month. The Mysore Pak can be cut into a rectangle or square shape. 

Meanwhile, Mysore Pak, prepared with the original recipe is still available at "Guru Sweets" stores in Devaraja Market, Mysore owned by the great-grandson of the discoverer of this dish himself - Kakasura Madappa.

Order now the heart-melting Mysore Pak from Sambar Stories.

 


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