Mysore pak – Popular South Indian sweet recipe made with gram flour, sugar & ghee. Mysore pak is a classic traditional sweet dish which is said to have been originated in the kitchen of Royal Mysore palace. This aromatic and delicious sweet is prepared using besan/ gram flour, sugar and ghee. Commercially sold mysore pak also uses a small amount of oil to get a unique texture.
To make mysore pak, one need not possess any special skills but understanding the method is crucial to getting the perfect texture.
A correctly made mysore pak is light, slightly crunchy, not hard, edges with crumbs and the cube has a porous texture with a delicious aroma.
It should not have traces of ghee over it and should not release ghee when eaten.
To get the right texture, the ratio of the ingredients used is very important. I suggest not to alter the recipe if you are keen to get the same texture as seen in the pictures.
The mysore pak recipe I have shared here is to make a small batch that yields about 12 medium sized pieces. Even a beginner or a first timer will be able to handle this quantity with ease.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled but stirring a large batch would be a real arm work as it requires constant stirring and one needs to be quick. So I usually make 2 batches on the same day as it is easy to handle small batches.
Do use a heavy kadai or pan with a good strong spatula for stirring. About 3 to 4 years ago, I had made this in a brand new prestige omega plus nonstick handi. The entire coating completely came off to the mysore pak.
Even a cast iron pan didn’t work well for me as it is hard to control the heat and the mysore pak got overcooked towards the end. So a heavy bottom steel pan, pressure pan or a kadai works well.
1. Sieve besan well twice. Set this aside dividing to 3 parts. Make sure there are no lumps in the flour.
2. Grease a small pan well and set aside. I used a mini loaf pan.
3. Burner 1 – Begin to heat ghee and oil in a kadai or pot on a low to medium flame. We need hot ghee and oil to add to the bubbling besan and sugar syrup later as and when needed.
4. Burner 2 – Add sugar to a kadai along with water.
Making sugar syrup
5. Boil it on a medium heat stirring often until a one string consistency is achieved.
6. To check one string consistency, take a small portion of the sugar syrup in between your thumb and index finger. Move the fingers apart, you should be able to see a single string formed.Take care as the syrup will be too hot.
7. Make sure your oil and ghee are getting hot.
How to make mysore pak
8. Add 1/3 rd portion of the besan to the bubbling sugar syrup. The flame has to be medium and the syrup bubbling well at this stage else the mysore pak turns flat and not porous. Stir until all the flour blends well with the syrup.
9. Then add the next 1/3rd portion of flour and repeat adding the last part too following the same process.
10. At this stage there should be no lumps and the flour should have blended well with the sugar syrup.
11. Add in 1 ladle full of hot ghee & oil to the besan mixture. Immediately the oil and ghee must sizzle, meaning it is hot enough. Make sure the ghee is really very hot otherwise increase the flame of burner 1 to keep ghee & oil consistently hot. Quickly stir well until all the ghee has been absorbed.
12. Repeat adding the ghee in parts and repeat stirring until the ghee is well absorbed each time.
13. As you keep adding the ghee, every time it has to sizzle, then stir well until absorbed. If you do not have enough ghee and oil left in the kadai on burner 1, then you can add 2 tbsp more each of oil and ghee and heat it quickly. I did not use any excess.
Consistency of mysore pak mixture
14. At one stage, you will see the mixture just begins to leave the pan.
15. Quickly add some hot ghee and stir. Do not add a lot at this stage as it will leave out the excess.
16. When the mysore pak is about to finish, the mixture will become very thick, with lot of pores or bubbles. No more adding ghee at this stage otherwise it will ooze out the excess. The mixture will leave the pan completely within few seconds.
Setting the mixture
17. Be very very quick and transfer to a greased pan. With the help of a greased spoon, light level the top. Traditional mysore pak is actually not leveled but I suggest to reduce the crumbs.
18. Set aside for 10 to 15 mins. Invert it on a board. Cut to desired sized pieces.
Cool mysore pak completely and store in a air tight jar. It keeps good for 10 days at room temperature.
Mysore pak recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup besan or gram flour
- 1 ¾ cup sugar (can reduce to 1¼ cup but texture will be like burfi)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup ghee (pure good quality ghee)
- ½ cup oil (preferably peanut oil, if you skip it will be like burfi) (refer notes)
Optional – use if needed. I have not used
- 2 tbsps oil
- 2 tbsps ghee
How to make the recipe
- Pour 1 tbsp ghee to a small tray and grease it well for setting the mysore pak. Set this aside.
- Place a sieve over a large bowl. Measure and add besan to the sieve.
- Next sieve it well twice. Divide the flour to 3 parts and transfer them to small bowls. Set this aside.
- On one burner of the stove place a kadai and pour ghee and oil. Begin to heat it on a low to medium heat.
Sugar syrup for mysore pak
- On another burner, place a wide deep pan. Pour the sugar and water. Begin to heat it.
- Boil the sugar syrup stirring often until it reaches a one string consistency.
- To check one string consistency of the syrup, take a small portion of the syrup in between the thumb and index finger. Move the fingers apart. You must be able to see a single string in between the fingers.
- Ensure the oil and ghee are turning hot.
How to make mysore pak
- Add 1/3 rd portion of flour to the bubbling sugar syrup. Flame must be medium and the sugar syrup bubbling well otherwise mysore pak turns flat. Stir well until all the flour blends well with the syrup.
- Then add the next 1/3 rd portion of flour. Repeat adding the last part too following the same process.
- At this stage there must be no lumps & the flour must blend well with the sugar syrup.
- Next add in 1 ladle full of hot ghee & oil to the pan. Then immediately oil and ghee must sizzle, meaning it is hot enough. Make sure the ghee is really very hot otherwise increase the flame of burner 1 to keep ghee & oil consistently hot. Immediately stir well until all the ghee has been absorbed.
- Repeat adding the ghee in parts & repeat stirring until the ghee is well absorbed every time.
- As the ghee is added every time it has to sizzle. Then stir well until absorbed. If you do not have enough ghee left in the kadai, then pour 2 tbsp more each of oil and ghee. Then heat it quickly. I did not use any excess.
- Quickly pour some hot ghee and stir. Do not add a lot at as it will leave out the excess.
- When the mysore pak is about to finish, the mixture will turn very thick with lot of pores or bubbles. Do not add any more ghee at this stage otherwise it will ooze out the excess. The mixture will leave the pan completely within few seconds.
- Be very very quick and transfer to a greased pan. Level the top with the help of a greased spoon. Keep this aside for 10 to 15 mins. Invert it on a board. Cut to desired sized pieces.
- Cool mysore pak completely. Store in a air tight jar at room temperature
NUTRITION (estimation only)
There will be no oil smell in the mysore pak if you use good quality oil.
For health reasons, I suggest using peanut oil as it has a high smoke point. While we heat the oil and ghee, it may smoke up sometimes.
The addition of peanut oil infact enhances the aroma of mysore pak.
If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.