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Also Known as
Mava, Mavo, Khoya, Khoa

Mava, also known as Khoya, has a very special place in both savoury and sweet recipes in India. Easily available and prized for its soft grainy texture, mava, a concentrated whole milk, with its rich nutty flavour is an important dairy product that can be made at home. Though a little tedious, it is the leftover of milk that has been boiling and reducing until it reaches a semi-solid stage. When partnered with milk and sugar, it takes on a life of its own. The use of ingredients and moisture content play a primary role in the type of mava that forms. Originally Khoya emerges from Gujurat, but is today found in homes all across the country.

Grated mava
Take a slab of mava and rub it against a grater. Shreds will range in size according to the size of the holes in the grater. Use grater as required for either thin or thick shreds.

How to Select
• Choose Khoya that is pale white in colour and firm to touch.
• Avoid, if there is any kind of black discolouration or any kind of fungal growth.
• Also, avoid purchasing if it smells sour.

Culinary Uses
• Make small balls of mava, flatten to place the coconut filling in and cover it into a neat ball. Smoothen it into a laddu by just rolling it over in your palm!
• Best of all Indian sweet treats, this milk based sweet is a classic made during festivals, mainly during Diwali.
• Mava is the basis for many traditional Indian sweets, among them burfi, a treat similar to fudge. Decorate with ground pistachio nuts and the traditional edible silver leaves.

How to Store
• Mava can be stored in the deep freezer for a week to a fortnight.

Health Benefits
• Mava being a dairy product promotes strong bones by being a very good source of vitamin D and calcium, and a good source of vitamin K; three nutrients essential to bone health.
• Additionally, it is a very good source of riboflavin and a good source of vitamin B12, two B vitamins that are necessary for cardiovascular health and energy production. Also, it is a good source of vitamin A.
• Research has shown that increased consumption of dairy products, by both children and adults, results in increased bone density and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
• Having much of the health benefits, remember anything in excess is not good for health due to the presence of high fat.

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