Malpua- The Bengali Pancake


Malpua is one of the easy to make Bengali sweet dish.All you need is maida(flour),sooji(semolina),sugar, milk and cardamom powder, funnel seeds for flavor.It is almost like making pan cakes only deep fried. Cook and store them in a jar and you can enjoy them as dessert or snack.

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For Malpoa:

  •  Maida – 1 cup
  •  Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mouri / Fennel Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Milk (according to thickness)
  • Chopped coconut
  • Khoya Kheer Or Mawa grated 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • White oil to fry

For Sugar Syrup:

  • Sugar 1 cup
  •  Water 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom pods 2-3
  • Saffron Strands 5-6

Steps to Prepare

For Syrup:

  •  Take a saucepan and add all the ingredients under the heading of syrup and bring mixture to a boil. After boiling 5 minutes off the oven and let the syrup cool to the room temperature

For Malpoa:

  •  First mix all the dry ingredients(maida, sooji, khoya kheere, sugar, salt, mouri, baking powder & coconut) together in a bowl.Now add milk to make a batter not so thik not so thin like pancake batter .
  • Keep the mixture in room temperature for about 15 minutes. Then take a flat non stick pan and heat oil and pour one big spoon at a time and fry the both side till golden brown.

Now soak each “Malpoa” into the sugar syrup at a time for 1-2 minutes and take it out from the syrup and place on a plate.

Serving Tips

Serve “Malpoa” hot or chilled.


About prynkray

A software engineer by profession and a traveler and foodie by heart. Having traveled ever since childhood it has become a part of me now. So when ever I happen to get a chance I pack my bag and am on the roads. Being blessed with a super tolerant husband who gives into my whim of traveling, we do spend most of our savings on it. Well I do not exactly regret and neither does my husband complain.. Cooking is something I started doing after I left home for job. To be frank I was not such a cook when I started but years down the line I did start enjoying cooking. Picking up recipes from around the world is one of my passion though being a true at heart Bengali, I still love cooking Bengali food.

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