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Malpua – The Indian Pancake

Surabhi Raha | October 22, 2020
Malpua – The Indian Pancake

Malpua is a sweet pancake that originated in the Indian subcontinent almost 3000 years back. According to some food historians, malpuas are one of the oldest desserts in India.

These soft, fluffy yet crisp pancakes coated with sugar syrup are made across north and eastern regions of India. However, each region has its own unique version of making this recipe. Households in Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa traditionally prepare this festive delight during navratris and Diwali.


Milk – 5 cups

Flour – ½ cup; sifted

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Soda – a pinch

For the syrup

Sugar – 1 and ½ cup

Water – 1 cup

Kewra essence – a few drops

For the garnish

Pistachios – 6 pcs; deshelled and finely chopped

Almonds – 10 pcs; finely chopped

Cardamom – 5 pcs; powdered

Rose petals – a few


  1. Boil and cook the milk till it thickens and reduces to half. Leave to cool.
  2. Prepare sugar syrup by boiling together the sugar and water till it turns sticky and forms a one string consistency.
  3. Add the kewra essence. Keep the syrup warm to avoid crystallising.
  4. Add the flour to the milk and stir well ensuring no lumps are formed.
  5. Add soda to the batter and stir. The batter should be thick, not runny.
  6. Heat the ghee in a flat-bottomed pan.
  7. Pour half a ladle of the batter in the ghee; it should spread on its own.
  8. Fry till golden brown on one side and slightly brown on the other.
  9. Add each round to the sugar syrup and keep for approximately 3-4 mins.
  10. Remove from the sugar syrup and place on a flat serving dish.
  11. Garnish with cardamom, almonds, pistachios and rose petals

Try this simple and mouth-watering dish as a snack or for dessert during this festive season. Do share with us your experience while making this recipe in the comment box below.

Surabhi Raha

Surabhi is a veteran “chai memsahib” – a tea lady, who has a knack for baking and all things home-made. A proud mother to two beautiful girls – she says that she is constantly growing and learning new things with them every day. When not busy managing her online store ‘House of Srishti’, she spends time in her flower and vegetable garden.


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