Palkova Recipe is a delicious sweet made with milk and sugar. The simplest sweet but a test for your patience. As most of you know Srivilliputhur in TamilNadu is famous for Palkova. It is said that milk is boiled with firewood stoves and fed with some cashew nut shells. Do try this Palkova for this Gokulashtami and offer to Lord Krishna.
- 1 Litre Milk (4 Cups)
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Pinch Cardamom Powder (Optional)
In a heavy bottomed vessel or non stick pan, pour the milk and bring to boil.
Keep stirring in medium flame until it reduces to half the quantity. Scrap the sides and colour of the milk starts changing. Continue stirring and the milk starts to thicken. Do everything in low flame. It takes almost 30 minutes.
The milk solidify more and there will be no more water content but not too thick. Now add sugar and mixture becomes gooey, add cardamom powder.
Keep stirring in low flame and after nearly 20 minutes it would thicken more and grains will be seen. Mix well and scrap the sides, don't make it too thick as this palkova thickens with time. This final picture is taken a day later.
Palkova / Thirattipal is ready.
1. Do the whole process in low or medium flame after the milk reduces in quantity.
2. Continue the stirring until it is finished or else it gets burnt at the bottom and spoil the whole flavour of Palkova Recipe.
3. For more grainy texture, add a tbsp of curd after adding sugar.
4. You can also add a few saffron threads or cashews fried in ghee but it is optional only.
5. Don’t overcook till dry, it should have little moisture otherwise, palkova becomes chewy and hard.