mysore pak recipe, how to make mysore pak recipe | diwali sweets recipes

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mysore pak recipe with step by step photos – super delicious and a popular sweet from mysore. it is made with just three main ingredients – besan, ghee and sugar. this melt in the mouth rich sweet is so called as its was invented in the kitchens of the mysore palace. here ‘pak’ or ‘paka’ refers to sugar syrup. since the besan is cooked in sugar syrup along with ghee.

i had got a some requests for mysore pak recipe and now i am sharing the way i prepare it. this is one recipe which was pretty troublesome and i must have tried it numerous times. now even if someone wakes me up from sleep and asks me to make mysore pak, i will be able to make a decent mysore pak.

mysore pak

basically there are two versions of mysore pak. one is the soft version made famous by sri krishna sweets and the traditional version. this recipe is neither the soft version or the traditional version. it comes in between. it is not that firm nor it is soft.

also since i have made the traditional version before, i will share its recipe too in due course of time. i will also share the krishna sweets soft mysore pak. i have had both the sri krishna sweets mysore pak and badam halwa. i have already added badam halwa recipe, which is similar to theirs. few more popular recipes from mysore cuisine are:

easy mysore pak recipe

mysore pak recipe looks easy with just using three ingredients, but its not easy. you do need some experience with cooking indian sweets while preparing the dish. also you have to continuously stir non-stop, especially after adding ghee. i have given tips and suggestions in the post itself, so that you do not find the mysore pak recipe too daunting and can make it easily.

you can also check this 7 cup cake recipe which is easy to make as compared with mysore pak. few more sweets which you can make with besan are:

  1. besan halwa
  2. besan ladoo
  3. besan barfi

wish all who celebrate a happy and prosperous diwali.

mysore pak recipe below:

mysore pak
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mysore pak recipe

mysore pak recipe - popular and super delicious indian sweet from the city of mysore. mysore pak is made with gram flour, ghee and sugar. 

course sweets
cuisine karnataka
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 778 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1.25 cups sugar OR 200 to 210 grams sugar
  • 100 grams besan (gram flour) OR 1 cup besan
  • 1 cup ghee OR 200 to 210 grams ghee
  • ½ cup water OR 125 ml water

how to make recipe

preparation for mysore pak recipe:

  1. firstly take all the 3 ingredients - 1.25 cups sugar (200 to 210 grams sugar), 1 cup besan (100 grams) and 1 cup ghee (200 to 210 grams).

  2. seive the besan once or twice. this helps in reducing the lumps if any while mixing besan in the sugar syrup.

  3. grease a pan or tray with some ghee. use a pan or tray which can give you some depth and height, so that you can get rectangular or square pieces.

making mysore pak:

  1. now take the sugar in a heavy thick bottomed kadai. since a lot of stirring happens, i would suggest you to use a heavy and large aluminium or iron kadai. please do not use non stick pan as due to the heat and lot of stirring, the non stick coating can get affected.

  2. add ½ cup water in the sugar.

  3. keep the pan on the stove top. on a medium-low or medium flame, heat the sugar syrup.

  4. stir so that the sugar dissolves.

  5. meanwhile also take the ghee in another pan and keep it on stove top. let the ghee melt on a low flame or sim. the ghee has to be hot when we add it in the besan mixture. so let it be on a slow simmer.

  6. let the sugar syrup start bubbling and boiling. we are not looking for one string consistency in the sugar syrup. just let the sugar solution come to a boil and then add the besan.

  7. add the besan in three to four parts. first add some of the besan.

  8. with a wired whisk, stir the besan briskly, so that it dissolves with the sugar solution.

  9. with one hand, add the besan and with the other hand mix it with a wired whisk.

  10. finish of all the besan this way.

  11. stir very well, so that the besan has got mixed evenly with the sugar syrup. 

  12. then add ghee in parts. first add a ladle full of the ghee.

  13. you will see a lot of bubbles and frothing in the besan mixture after you add ghee.

  14. as soon as you add ghee, mix it with the besan with a spoon or spatula. with one hand add ghee and with the other hand mix it.

  15. then add the the second part of ghee and again mix it very well. keep the flame to a medium-low or medium.

  16. this way finish off adding all the ghee in parts. mix very well.

  17. do use a bigger kadai and also some gloves on your hands, as there is a lot of sizzling, frothing and bubbling that happens.

  18. all the ghee will be absorbed first and what you will see is a smooth molten besan mixture.

  19. on a medium-low to medium flame with non-stop stirring cook the besan mixture.

  20. you have to continue to cook and stir till you start seeing many bubbles in the mixture and the ghee is released from it. so continue to cook and stir. the mixture will also start to leave the sides of the kadai or pan.

  21. while stirring also scrape the bottom of the kadai and the sides. if you do not scrape, then the mixture starts sticking and gets browned or burnt.

  22. so you have to non stop stir and scrape. do use flat steel spatula (palta) as this helps in scraping the besan mixture.

  23. when the mixture comes together in one mass and you see some ghee at the sides, then also continue to stir and scrape.

  24. when you see many small bubbles and holes in the mixture, then switch off the flame.

  25. if you cook too much, then you will get a very hard mysore pak.

setting mysore pak:

  1. immediately and quickly tilt the kadai and pour the whole mixture in the pan. it falls in one lot and you don't need to use any spoon for it.

  2. level with a spatula or the back of small glass or a small steel bowl.

  3. let the mysore pak mixture become warm or cool down. 

  4. if there is too much ghee at the sides or top, then invert the pan after 20 to 30 minutes, so that the excess ghee is removed. you can use this ghee while preparing dosa or greasing idli plates.

  5. once warm or cooled down, then just invert the pan on a chopping board or tray or plate. tap the sides and the bottom of the pan. the mysore pak block falls of easily.

  6. then slice the mysore pak into rectangular or square pieces.

  7. store in an air-tight container. mysore pak stays good for about a week to ten days at room temperature.

  8. serve mysore pak as a festive sweet to your loved ones.

recipe notes

tips for making mysore pak recipe:

  • recipe can be doubled, but this would mean a lot of stirring. 
  • a few seconds here and there once the mixture starts leaving ghee makes a lot of difference. so be attentive towards the last few steps once the mysore pak mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan. 
  • do use a heavy aluminium or iron kadai or pan. or else the besan starts sticking and gets browned or burnt at the bottom.

how to make mysore pak recipe:

1. firstly take all the 3 ingredients – 1.25 cups sugar (200 to 210 grams sugar), 1 cup besan (100 grams) and 1 cup ghee (200 to 210 grams).

ingredients to make mysore pak recipe

2. seive the besan once or twice. this helps in reducing the lumps if any while mixing besan in the sugar syrup.

besan to make mysore pak recipe

3. a pic of the sifted besan below.

besan to make mysore pak recipe

4. grease a pan or tray with some ghee. use a pan or tray which can give you some depth and height, so that you can get rectangular or square pieces of mysore pak.

tray to make mysore pak recipe

5. now take the sugar in a heavy thick bottomed kadai. since a lot of stirring happens, i would suggest you to use a heavy and large aluminium or iron kadai. please do not use non stick pan as due to the heat and lot of stirring, the non stick coating can get affected.

sugar to make mysore pak recipe

6. add ½ cup water in the sugar.

sugar to make mysore pak recipe

7. keep the pan on the stove top. on a medium-low or medium flame, heat the sugar syrup.

sugar for mysore pak recipe

8. stir so that the sugar dissolves.

sugar for mysore pak recipe

9. simultaneously also take the ghee in another pan and keep it on stove top.

ghee for mysore pak recipe

10. let the ghee melt on a low flame or sim. the ghee has to be hot when we add it in the besan mixture. so let it be on a slow simmer.

ghee for mysore pak recipe

11. let the sugar syrup start bubbling and boiling. we are not looking for one string consistency in the sugar syrup. just let the sugar solution come to a boil and then we have to add the besan.

making mysore pak recipe

12. add the besan in three to four parts. first add some of the besan.

besan for making mysore pak recipe

13. with a wired whisk, stir the besan briskly, so that it dissolves with the sugar solution.

besan for making mysore pak recipe

14. with one hand, add the besan and with the other hand mix it with a wired whisk.

besan for making mysore pak recipe

15. finish of all the besan this way.

besan for making mysore pak recipe

16. stir very well, so that the besan has got mixed evenly with the sugar syrup.

besan for making mysore pak recipe

17. then add ghee in parts. first add a ladle full of the ghee.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

18. you will see a lot of bubbles and frothing in the besan mixture after you add ghee.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

19. as soon as you add ghee, mix it with the besan with a spoon or spatula. with one hand add ghee and with the other hand mix it.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

20. then add the second part of ghee and again mix it very well. keep the flame to a medium-low or medium.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

21. this way finish off adding all the ghee in parts. mix very well.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

22. do use a bigger kadai and also some gloves on your hands, as there is a lot of sizzling, frothing and bubbling that happens.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

23. all the ghee will be absorbed first and what you will see is a smooth molten besan mixture.

ghee for preparing mysore pak recipe

24. on a medium-low to medium flame with non-stop stirring cook the besan mixture.

preparing mysore pak recipe

25. you have to continue to cook and stir till you start seeing many bubbles in the mixture and the ghee is released from it. the mixture will also start to leave the sides of the kadai or pan.

preparing mysore pak recipe

26. so continue to cook and stir.

preparing mysore pak recipe

27. while stirring also scrape the bottom of the kadai and the sides. if you do not scrape, then the mixture starts sticking and gets browned or burnt. so you have to non stop stir and scrape. do use flat steel spatula (palta) as this helps in scraping the besan mixture.

preparing mysore pak recipe

28. when the mixture comes together in one mass and you see some ghee at the sides, then also continue to stir and scrape.

preparing mysore pak recipe

29. when you see many small bubbles and holes in the mixture, then switch off the flame. when you reach this stage, you have to be attentive as a few seconds here or there and it will ruin the texture of the mysore pak.

preparing mysore pak recipe

30. if you cook too much, then you will get a very hard mysore pak. the following pic, shows you the texture to get a hard mysore pak. so do not cook till you come at this stage. this pic was taken when working on a disaster recipe. sharing the pic to show the difference.

preparing mysore pak recipe

31. immediately and quickly tilt the kadai and pour the whole mixture in the greased pan.

preparing mysore pak recipe

32. it falls in one lot and you don’t need to use any spoon for it.

preparing mysore pak recipe

33. level with a spatula or the back of small glass or a small steel bowl.

making mysore pak recipe

34. let the mysore pak mixture become warm or cool down. if there is too much ghee at the sides or top, then invert the pan after 20 to 30 minutes, so that the excess ghee is removed. you can use this ghee while preparing dosa or greasing idli plates. once warm or cooled down, then just invert the pan on a chopping board or tray or plate. tap the sides and the bottom of the pan. the mysore pak block falls of easily.

mysore pak recipe

35.  then slice the mysore pak. store in an air-tight container. mysore pak stays good for about a week to ten days at room temperature.

mysore pak recipe

36. serve mysore pak as a festive sweet to your loved ones.

mysore pak recipe

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dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



30 thoughts on “mysore pak recipe, how to make mysore pak recipe | diwali sweets recipes

  1. Would I be wise to put the mixture in the mixer before attempting t allow it to set for a smoother consistency? If my Mysore pak mix is a little dry should I add a bit more ghee?

    • avoid adding in mixer as the mixture starts becoming dense and solidifying when you add in the pan. yes you can add some more ghee.

  2. Easy and different recipe, thanks sharing recipe.

    • Welcome Shahhameed

  3. How can we get the traditional mysore pak without one string sugar syrup consistency

    • the recipe with 1 string consistency is different. this recipe method is different.

  4. Hi Dassana, can you please post the Krishna Sweets recipe for Mysorepak?

    • Aarthi, I will try to add.

  5. hiii dassana….thanx fir d wonderful recipe….i made it today first trial n it ws heavenly yummyyy…..I’ve tried mny of ur recipes n as usual ds one too was a hit….love u so much just keep inspiring alwyzz..stay blessed!!!

    • Welcome Prerna. Glad to read your positive feedback. Thanks for your best wishes and for your kind words.

  6. thank you Dassana. will try the recipe soon. keep up the good work..

    • welcome anusha and thanks.

  7. Hi Dassana. Will roasting the gram flour change the procedure of preparing Mysore Pak?

    • you can roast besan, but just lightly roast for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame stirring non stop. it won’t change the procedure.

  8. Hello, I think I followed the recipe correctly,however the Mysore pak did not set and is crumbly and completely powdery in texture. The taste is nice. What could have gone wrong? Can I do anything to correct it now?

    • when the mixture gets overcooked, it becomes crumbly and powdery. an over coooked mixture either ends up becoming too hard or becomes powdery. unfortunately, nothing can be done now. i had faced this issue also once, so we just ended up having the crumbles and did not waste it as the taste was good.

  9. Hi… it look delicious. I’ve never tasted mysore pak before but I would like to try this. Does it taste different from besan halwa/laddoo? (I got a bit confused because of similarity of the ingredients)
    By the way, the candles in the pic are making a very beautiful presentation 🙂

    • thanks ruchi. mysore pak tastes different than besan halwa as well as besan ladoo. the ingredients are similar but because of the method of preparation, the taste is different.

  10. By 1.25 cups of sugar do you mean 1 and 1/4 cup sugar

    • yes. its 1 and 1/4th cup sugar.

  11. Hi dassana, wishing you and your family happy diwali. Will surely try this and let you know. Tk care. Hv a safe diwali.
    Regards
    Marina

    • thank you marina. wish you and your family too a happy and safe diwali. tc.

  12. wow… one of my favorites.. thank u dr..?

    • welcome deepa.

  13. Hi Dassana,

    Taste test result – turned out to be delicious!! It is like katli, not Mysore pak?, will try again in a few weeks. Did I remove it from the gas a little too early? Or did I have to go longer?

    Thanks!
    Bhanu

    • thanks bhanu for the taste test result. yes i have mentioned in my previous comment to you, the mixture needed to be cooked more. but if the taste is good, then no issues. it like having besan barfi. also wish you a happy diwali.

      • Thanks Dassana, wish you a very happy Diwali too! Mr loved it, but yes, he thought I made kaju katli, and I had to tell him it’s besan barfi?. He would have laughed if I told him it was meant to be Mysore pak, but haha, the compliments were worth it. Thank you Dassna, for posting this recipe, it is one of our favorite sweets, and hard to buy authentic one in the US. So this is a blessing. The last ‘barfi’ is being devoured as I write this!!

        My best wishes to you and family and wish you all a very happy new year!

        • thats great. glad to know about the compliments. mysore pak is also our favorite sweet. i will be sharing two more versions of mysore pak. this recipe has less ghee and less sugar. but in the other versions there will be more ghee and sugar.

  14. Hi Dassana, I made it today, but neither the ghee came from the sides nor did I see the bubbles.. What did I do wrong.. They came out as kaju katlis.. Haven’t tasted yet, will give you the final taste test result after half hour ?

    • bhanu, the besan mixture needs to cook more. the whole process from start to finish takes about 20 minutes. ghee should be visible. so you have to continue cooking, till you see some ghee at the sides. when the ghee becomes visible, you will also see the bubbles appearing in the mixture. now it has become more like barfi. if its cooked less, the texture becomes like a besan barfi.

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