Malpua with Rose-flavoured Rabdi (Indian Pancakes)

Everyone is familiar with pancakes and syrup, and its a dish savoured by a large number of people in and out of USA. But have you heard about the Indian pancakes?? Yes, we have a traditional dessert called "Malpua" (like a pancake) which is served with "Rabdi" (which acts like syrup). This is a popular indian sweet in many parts of India (especially during Karva Chauth festival) and you can still see road-side vendors prepare fresh hot malpuas (while you watch and salivate:)) and serve it with the milk-based syrup topping. I enjoyed eating it a lot! A perfect balance of sweet and cream, it is an ideal dessert for any festival, Indian or not!!


For the Malpuas and Sugar Syrup
1 cup maida or all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 gallon (about 1 litre) milk
1 1/2 cups water
A few strands of saffron
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 cup sugar
Ghee(clarified butter)or oil for frying

For the Rabdi (recipe described below)
3 cups whole milk
2 large tbsp un-sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp rose essence
1 tbsp pistachio nuts- chopped for garnish
1 cup Rabri


Make the Sugar Syrup
Now Boil the sugar and water together to make the sugar syrup. Keep stirring continuously in one direction only to form a thread-like consistency. To test that it's done, when it gets a little viscous, take a drop of syrup between your thumb and index finger and move them vertically apart to see if a thread forms. If it breaks, the syrup needs to be thickened, and if you are able to make 2 threads, you need to add a little more water to the syrup. When done, add saffron and cardamom powder to the syrup and keep it warm on very low heat.

Make the Malpuas
Mix the flour and baking powder. Now boil the milk in a thick-bottomed vessel till it reduces to half. Slowly add the thickened milk to the flour to make into a smooth thin batter, same as the pancake batter. Set aside for 5-10 mins.

Now heat a frying pan, add 1 tsp oil or ghee, take a ladle-full of the batter and make small pancakes out of it. Cook on both sides till golden brown.

Immerse them in the sugar syrup for about 2-3 mins, then place on a dish to get rid of excess syrup. You can just dip it in the syrup and remove instantly if you don't like it too sweet. Just let it coat a little.

Pour the milk in a saucepan and leave it on medium heat till it reduces to one fourth its original content. Add the condensed milk and keep stirring fequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Add sugar according to your taste. Then add the rose essence and remove from flame. let it cool completely. Garnish with chopped pistachios and keep it referigerated.

Serve the hot Malpuas with the Rabdi on the side (photo courtesy of You can either pour the rabdi over the malpuas or dip the latter in the rabri. Whatever way you choose to eat them, they will taste delicious, rich and creamy!! I bet this will put you in the seventh heaven!!

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Ashwini said...

Mansi I looove malpuas but have never really attempted it at home. Yours look so professional :-)

KellytheCulinarian said...

I've never tried this, thanks for the reccomendation.

Chef Jeena said...

Great pancake recipe Mansi they sound lovely.....check out my blog for my meme :)

Mansi said...

Kelly, you are most welcome!!

Ashwini, would you believe me if I say my brother makes them better than me?? He was the one who taught this to me the first time:)

Jeena, I'm on my way:)

Tee said...

Yes, I have heard of Malpuas and I love them! Never tried them at home though...bookmarking this recipe, will try for Dassera or Diwali! :)

Swaruchy said...

wow...I am fond of malpuas...and urs looks very very tempting.....Can u parcel one for me :-)

Mansi said...

Sirisha, its supposed to eb eaten hot!! so u'll have to visit me for that:)

Tee, pls try it and tell me how it comes out! And speaking of diwali, you made me nostalgic!!

Rajitha said...

rabdi you said! i love rabdi and rose one too... yummm

Sharmi said...

very delicious dessert!! you made it look so good.

TBC said...

I've never tried these before thoughI have heard of them. Your malpuas look delicious!Nice pic, Mansi:-)
Thanks for tagging me. I'm flattered that you want to know more.I am not too good with these meme things. My friend, Seec had tagged me a long time back for one of these and I still haven't gotten around to doing it... someday..hopefully... I promise:-).I don't have a middle name & honestly can't think of any name I would like to have had:-(

I too love Thai food.Your Pad Thai is very tempting. You make such fancy dishes daily. :-)

Anki said...

Owwweeeee...what malpua's!! yummmmyy...yummmy!!

Kusuma said...

Malpuas are looking gr8!

But I have a question. Do we need to mix 1 cup of maida with 1/2 gallon of milk for the Malpua batter? Isn't the quantity of milk too much for just 1 of cup maida. Looking at the remaining ingredient list, i assume it is for making around 8-10 malpuas. so what should be the milk quantity?

Mansi said...


sorry for the misunderstanding. The milk amount is correct, but you have to first boil the 1 litre of milk till it reduces to half. Then add this thickened milk to the maida to make a smooth malpua dough. But you can use thick condensed milk instead if you like, just adjust the consistency to be a very smooth pancake-like batter, and also use unsweetened condensed milk.

hope this helps!