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Recipes Using Mawa / Khoya

We are very familiar with Pedas, Halwas and Gulab jamuns, mostly because they are every Indians' favorite desserts, but hardly anyone knows what these sweets consist. All these have one very important ingredient in common, it is called Mawa, Khoya.

Mawa is made by boiling milk for a long period of time to evaporate the water in the milk so that only milk solids remain. Milk is boiled on a medium to slow flame, to prevent it from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan. Even though it takes a long time to make it, it is worth the effort.

The reason for adding mawa to certain dishes and sweets is for the richness and creaminess it provides. With its addition, the quality certainly improves but it also provides an intense milky flavor which would certainly be absent if not for mawa.
 

3 Types of Mawa

There are three types of mawa available, those are

1. Chikna mawa (also known as Gulab Jamun Mawa)- this type is really smooth and has the most amount of moisture in all the types and is mostly used to make Indian sweets like Gulab jamun or Gajar Ka Halwa

2. Danedar mawa – the texture of this mawa, as the name suggests, is crumbly and grainy. All those sweets that require such a texture like Kesar Pedas, use this type, which is also the most commonly used.

3. Batti mawa – this one has the least amount of moisture and is hard. Usually it is grated and used for various sweets like barfis like this Coconut Kesar Barfi.

Indian Sweets using Mawa

Due to the versatile nature of it, mawa is the main ingredient in an array of Indian sweets ranging from barfis, pedas, ladoos to kalakand and halwas. Kala Gulab Jamun, one of our absolute favorites, is super sweet and made with Chikna Khoya to give it a smooth texture and dipped in sugar syrup. Even festivals celebrated with full vigor are incomplete without these sweets. For instance Lavang Latika is made after Durga Puja, with a filling of mawa encased in maida, deep fried and then soaked in sugar syrup!

Savoury food made using Mawa

Contrary to the popular belief, mawa is a great for making certain subzis. This was originally started very early on by the Mughals, who utilized it to the fullest extent. Nawabi Kesar Koftas is one such recipe. The name 'Nawabi' is apt for it since it is very rich in texture and flavor because of the addition of mawa, paneer, potatoes and other dry fruits. Another great dish is the Vegetable Shikampuri Kebab, which is mawa mixed with vegetables and an assortment of spices, pan fried to perfection to give the true Mughlai feel. Whether you are making Peshawari Paneer, or using mawa as a garnish in Zarda Pulao, it is sure to provide a luxurious feel.

Innovative Mawa Recipes

Everyone loves makhanas, but who knew you could mix them with mawa to get this amazing recipe! Khoya Makhana is a dish perfected by deep frying the makhanas in ghee and making a tangy khoya gravy to go with it. But if you are craving dessert, there are these delicious Pista Choco Rolls, which truly makes for a unique mithai due to the mix of chocolates and pistachios.

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Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda
Recipe# 2057
03 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Festival or no festival, Indians love sweets! And, with the festival season just around the corner, the search for easy but tasty sweets only becomes more intense. Well, here is one recipe that is sure to make it to your book of favourites. The traditional, evergreen mithai Mawa Peda has been ma ....
Mawa Kachori, Khoya Kachori, Mawa Sweet Samosa
Recipe# 3648
27 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Jodhpur is famous for its Mawa Kachoris. Rich dry fruit and mawa (khoya) stuffed crisp deep- fried kachoris are coated in sugar syrup. These kachoris are a welcome treat at any time of the day. These sweet kachoris are often called "gujjias" and are a "must have" for the
Coconut Barfi, Kesar Coconut Mawa Barfi
Recipe# 35096
15 May 17

 by Tarla Dalal
A mithai that is famous and well-loved all over India, the Coconut Barfi can now be prepared easily in the microwave oven. No need to sweat over the consistency of the sugar syrup or any such complications. Just follow the simple instructions, and very soon you will have a mouth-watering sweet, ....
Mawa Kesar Roll, Khoya Kesar Roll
Recipe# 2063
03 Sep 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
Another variation of mawa peda which resembles a Swiss roll and is attractive to serve for any festive Occasion like Diwali , Di ....
Meva Bati, Rajasthani Mawa Bati Recipe
Recipe# 2855
27 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Meva Bati is a rich North Indian mithai made by stuffing a mava based dough with a rich mixture of nuts and mava, and deep-frying the delicate, stuffed balls till golden brown. These Meva Batis are then soaked in sugar syrup for a while and served warm. You will love the crispness, balanced sw ....
Mawa Karanji, Gujiya Recipe
Recipe# 41207
03 Sep 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
Karanji just got even more luxurious! Try this version of Karanji, which features a stuffing of mawa perked up with myriad nuts and dried fruits. You will love the rich, milky aroma, the softness of the mawa and the crunch of the nuts in this delectable mithai. It is a perfect recipe to add ....
Mawa Modak, Khoya Modak Recipe
Recipe# 39595
09 Jan 16

 
by Tarla Dalal
Rich and luscious, the Mawa Modak is a melt-in-the-mouth treat, which puts other mithai to shame with its unique taste and texture. Although it is quite a grand fare, the good news is that it is much easier to make than the traditional modak, which requires a bit of deft handwork. This modak o ....
Gulab Jamun
Recipe# 2854
03 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Sweet and sour, salt and spice, every experience needs to be coupled with a complementary, often contrasting experience in order to bring out the best of both. Likewise, a chaat platter must be finished off with a rich dessert in order to complete the enjoyment. And, what better mithai can you choos ....
Apple Halwa
Recipe# 33090
21 Apr 15

 by Tarla Dalal
The mushy sweetness of cooked apples and the crunchy nuttiness of walnuts are a made-for-each-other match. Here, this admirable duo comes to you in the form of a tasty Apple Halwa prepared with sautéed apples, mawa and milk cooked with sugar and walnuts. While this gives the perfect flavour and text ....
Dum Aloo
Recipe# 30957
23 Nov 14

 by Tarla Dalal
Every culture has it's own version of the dum aloo. However dum aloo is by far the tastiest and richest of them all! the potatoes are stuffed with a rich filling of khoya, cashewnuts raisins and green chillies and then deep-fried in ghee. You could substitute the ghee for oil while deep-frying or ev ....
Doodhi ka Halwa
Recipe# 2027
05 Apr 18

 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional mithai that everybody has a reason to like—some for the taste, some for the goodness of doodhi and milk, and some for the warm feeling it instils on a rainy day! I know some busy-bees who would stop over at a sweetmeat stall, have a cup of halwa and a samosa in lieu of a meal, an ....
Quick Milk Cake
Recipe# 2054
16 May 11

 by Tarla Dalal
Milk cake, which traditionally takes hours to cook, is made quickly and easily using this recipe! Typically, milk cake is made by boiling milk for a long time till it becomes mava, which is then cooked with sugar and later allowed to set. In this version, we use readymade mava to prepare this deligh ....
Kala Jamun Recipe, How To Make Kala Jamun
Recipe# 2065
03 Sep 18

 by Tarla Dalal
This mithai gives you the wondrous feeling of biting into a gulab jamun but in a more handy form! Kala Jamun is made with a perfect mix of hariyali khoya and maida to get super soft jamuns, which are deep-fried and dipped in warm sugar syrup to make a lovely semi-dry sweet. This mithai is ideal to s ....
Amrit Peda, Peda Recipe
Recipe# 2058
03 Sep 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
This mithai is one that will remain etched in your memory for a long time, not only due to its rich texture and intensely milky flavour but also thanks to the spicy overtones of cardamom and saffron. Pistachios enhance this pedas further with their ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Microwave Gajar ka Halwa
Recipe# 2779
13 Jan 16

 by Tarla Dalal
At restaurants, mithai shops, parties and weddings, Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) is a wonderful addition to the spread, as nobody has enough grit to resist it! Indeed, the unique juicy texture of this halwa, its balanced sweetness and innate richness make it totally irresistible. Now, we shar ....
Anjeer Barfi
Recipe# 2002
03 Nov 15

 by Tarla Dalal
The Anjeer Barfi has everything that a mithai ideally should have – rich mouth-feel, lingering flavour and enticing aroma! The best part, however, is that, it is very easy to make. Provided you have a few hours on hand to let the mithai set, this one is a no-brainer. Proper proportions of anje ....
Dry Fruit Barfi
Recipe# 2056
08 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Khoya-based barfis are a delight to savour, because they have a rich milky flavour and amazing melt-in-the-mouth texture. This particular Dry Fruit Barfi recipe is all the more special, because it also includes loads of dry fruits and nuts along with delicate ....
Rose Barfi
Recipe# 8692
23 Sep 14

 by Tarla Dalal
Rose, whether as a fragrance or a flavour, emanates a sense of coolness! Naturally, this mouth-melting Rose Barfi is also a chilled dessert, which needs to be refrigerated before serving. This mithai has the power to melt the hardest heart, because it combines the creaminess of paneer and mava with ....
Gajar ka Halwa,  Quick Gajar Halwa Recipe
Recipe# 2026
28 Aug 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Gajar ka Halwa has a traditional charm that continues to please every generation of Indians! Here is a quick and tasty version of Gajar ka Halwa made using the pressure cooker. Cooked in ....
Gulab Jamun (  Mithai)
Recipe# 2064
16 May 11

 by Tarla Dalal
There are umpteen ready mixes available in the market for making Gulab Jamun, but none can beat the traditional recipe made with homemade khoya. Authentic Gulab Jamun made with hariyali mava has a very rich mouth-feel that gels well with festivity. In a bygone era, when everything was made at home, ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
Recipe# 4102
07 Jun 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of Gajar Halwa proves that! Made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world. ....
Vegetable Shikampuri Kebab (  Kebabs and Tikkis Recipes)
Recipe# 32760
02 Oct 18

 by Tarla Dalal
Perfect choice for a grand garden party, especially on a pleasant winter’s day, the Vegetable Shikampuri Kebab will pamper the diners and make them feel like kings and queens. Yes, that is how luxurious this kebab is. Although cooked simply on a tava with just a little oil, it still emanates a very ....
Kopra Pak ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 35792
03 Sep 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
Although very delicately-flavoured, this coconut sweet gets a rich feel thanks to the tinges of saffron and cardamom that are added. I would suggest the use of traditional coconut grater in order to attain the perfect texture of this sweet. Another key ingredient is the mava, which helps to bind the ....
Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 635
03 Sep 18

 
by Tarla Dalal
Mohanthaal is another famous sweet from the gujarati repertoire. This sweet needs to be prepared with tact, as the one-thread sugar syrup is the foundation stone for the success of this recipe. If overdone, the dish loses its colour and taste. Also, the mava that imparts the softness to this sweet s ....
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