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Therattipal or Palkova is a traditional Indian dessert made with just 2 main ingredients, Milk and Sugar. This thirattipaal is very close to my heart and I share many memories of it growing up.

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Recipe Facts:


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Total Time

4 h

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– Milk I used whole milk – Sugar I used raw sugar – Cardamom Powder / Elaichi powder – Nuts Optional (chopped)

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– Pour the milk in a wide heavy bottomed vessel and keep it on medium flame. Let the milk come to a boil and then simmer the heat and let the milk reduce.

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Step 1

– Once the milk starts to boil over, add a small stainless steel plate inside the vessel to keep the milk from boiling over.

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Step 2

– Let the milk reduce and once it gets to a mud like consistency, add the sugar and stir it well. Keep stirring the milk frequently, to make sure that the milk does not stick to the bottom.

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Step 3

– Once the sugar is added, the mixture will liquefy a little. Upon cooking down more, it will come to a semisolid consistency.

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Step 4

– Take it out of the flame, when it is still a little on the runny side. The therattipal would solidify as it cools down. At the end, add the cardamom powder, mix well and turn off the flame.

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Step 5


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