Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Malpua / Instant Malpua / Atte Ka Malpua

Malpua is an Indian pancake which is a delicious item for dessert. Unlike other pancakes, it is deep fried and later soaked in sugar syrup. Malpuas are especially served during festival seasons like in Holi, Diwali,etc. Malpua recipe is also varries in different part of India. I have tried a recipe which is quite simpler.

One part of my childhood memories has carefully secured the taste of malpuas made by my paternal grandmother. As I have mentioned many time she was an ace cook and her recipes were so delightful and tasty. I remember the taste of bananas in her malpuas. I was a kid of 7 to 8 years so hardly I was bothered about the recipe then and more concentrated on eating good foods. I remember my paternal grandfather's house in Bolpur where my grandparents lived. The kitchen was not in the house but adjacent to the house along with dining area without a table. She was good in stitching as well and used to make mats for sitting using jute pieces with cross-stich with wool. My job was to make the sitting arrangement by laying the mats on the floor of dinning and she would make the food and serve immediately from the next door kitchen. Flour and milk added to the mashed banana along with fennel seeds and deep fried. As the ladleful of batter starts getting fried, the sweet smell of banana and fennel spreads all over increasing the appetite. After it was soaked and come to my plate then I would go to silent mode and concentrate on my sweet treat.

Though malpuas were especially made during festivals but I remember whenever there was leftover sugar syrup malpua was made at home to use the leftover syrup. Earlier it was not available at shops and slowly it was a rare affair at home considering everyone's health as it is deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup. Now each sweet shops (in Bengal) has a dedicated tray for malpua. So whenever you wish you can have it but the taste of malpuas from shops is unmatchable with the homemade ones. I always prefer freshly prepared hot malpuas. Here I am sharing a simple recipe of malpua (no it's not my grandma's recipe) which I saw in a TV show long ago and stick to it whenever I have a craving of malpuas.

Here I am sharing some of the details related to malpua.

In West Bengal, malpua is called as Malpoa. This popular Indian pancake, malpua is prepared in different states of India and known in different names. It is also popular in two of our neighbouring states Bihar and Odisha. Malpua is called as Amalu in Odisha and Pua in Bihar. As it has varieties of names, the preparations are also different but the taste is divine across all the regions.

Different ingredients were added to prepare malpua at different regions. Some places add fruits like banana, coconut in malpua. Mawa or khoya is also added in some malpua recipe. There is also chanar (cottage cheese) malpua  and kheerer (reduced milk with sugar) malpua.  

How do I serve malpua?

Malpua is commonly served as dessert. It tastes good when served fresh and warm. If you are planning to serve malpua for your home party, you always prepare them ahead of time and warm it in microwave and serve when your guests arrive. 

Malpua in a white plate topped with rabri

Many people serve malpua topped with Rabri and let me tell you it tastes divine. When you are serving malpua with rabri I would recommend to serve it chilled. 

Few tips to prepare Malpua

1. Consistency of the batter plays an important role in the preparation of malpua. While making the batter of malpua, make sure there is no lump in the batter hence stir continuously to avoid any lumps of flour when you add milk in the batter.

2. Heat the oil to the boiling temperature and then reduce the flame. Now slowly add a ladleful of batter  into the oil and fry both sides until golden brown. Avoid high heat as it will burn the outer-side and inside will remain uncooked. 

3. Avoid over-crowding your wok or pan as the malpuas have a tendency to get stuck on the edges and later lose the shape. 

4.  Sugar syrup should be warm when you are adding the fried malpua for soaking. 

5.  Adjust the consistency of batter by adding milk when it's too thick and adding flour when it's too thin. The batter should be free-flowing neither too thick nor too thin.
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr
Yields - 7 to 8 nos


How to make Malpoa at home? 


Milk - 400 ml (approx)

Whole wheat flour/Atta - 4 to 5 tablespoon
Semolina / Suji - 1/2 tablespoon
Fennel seeds - 1 teaspoon
Black Pepper corn - crushed, 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

Refined oil for frying (2 to 3 cups)

Sugar Syrup 

Sugar - 1 cup

Water - 11/2 cup
Saffron strands - a pinch


Making of Sugar Syrup

Take 11/2 cup of water in a pan and add 1 cup sugar and heat little to dissolve the sugar. Check the consistency of sugar syrup. If required add more sugar to make one thread consistency syrup. Add a pinch of saffron to give a nice color into it.

Making Malpuas

1. Boil the milk till it reduces to almost half of its quantity. Allow it to cool. You can do this step previous day and store the milk in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature while you are making the malpuas. 

2. Take whole wheat flour in a bowl and also add semolina.
3. Now add the reduced milk into it to make a smooth consistent mixture. The batter should be lump-free. 
4. Now heat oil in pan and pour a ladle full of batter to form pan cake. Fry both the sides until it takes brown color. 
5.When both the sides are done, take it out and immerse in sugar syrup, wait for ten to fifteen minutes and serve it. 

If you are making malpuas using this easy recipe with minimal ingredients don't forget to share with me. 

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  1. My fav sweet. I make thik same way but I just add coconut into this batter. Very delicious malpua.

    1. Thank you Chandrani...I will try next time with coconut..

  2. I had this recently from a Gujarati restaurant and i was left finger licking...was looking for this recipe..will definitely try it..

  3. that is drool worthy!!! so delicious and so authentic!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Event - Authentic Indian Sweets w giveaway
    Event - Eggless Baking-Sweet/Savory

  4. Who doesn't love pancakes? These look mouthwatering!

  5. That is such an interesting recipe... boiling down the milk and making the batter is something very different... I have always been wanting to try this...

  6. Malpuas post made me so nostalgic. I used to love malpuas made by my Mom. Your recipe is very different and interesting. Next time I am gonna try your method.
    Lovely share.

  7. Loved reading about your memories from childhood. Food sure stirs so many memories in all of us. Malpua look absolutely delicious.

  8. First time, I tasted Malpua in a restaurant, It was super delicious. I have been thinking try once at home, You gave a nice recipe. It looks so yummy :)

  9. Love these sweet and succulent malpuas. Reminds me of the ones that I sometimes have at the ISKCON temple. When food is associated with memories of loved ones, its becomes that much more special. Whenever I hear the word malpua, it reminds me of my father in law. It as his favourite sweet dish.

  10. This malpua sure brings back memories of my mom. Your malpuas look delicious Amrita.Perfect for the Diwali season!

  11. I love Malpua especially fennel in it. I never tried it with pepper corn but sure it will taste great because once I tasted a dessert in Assam which had peppercorns in it and I had loved the combination of sweet and pepper. Really excited to make Malpua with pepper corns next time.

  12. Malpue looks so delicious, I make these only with whole wheat flour and we call it Pue. A perfect trat for the festive season!! Liked the idea of adding reduced milk for making malpu.

  13. I like the idea of condensing the milk to make the malpua dough. That would make it so flavorful and also rich. Such a delicious recipe and I am tempted to make it soon.

  14. Loevly recipe you have here. I have never tried malpua and it does look very festive. Perfect diwali sweet treat.

  15. Fabulous sweet dish for festivals. I have heard about malpua but never tasted it. Your recipe sounds interesting.

  16. One of my top favourite dessert...Perfect Diwali treat!! On my to do have tempted me now!! Adding peppercorns is new to me...hv to try it sometime!!

  17. These malpua look amazing and make me reminisce over when I ate them when I was younger

  18. Those malpuas look tempting! perfect for the festivities, soft and succulent malpuas, i m totally drooling here!!!

  19. Its on my to-do list since a long and voila, yours seems a perfect one to try ! So perfectly you have prepared dear these adorable rounds.


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