Happy Diwali to all of you.
This Diwali I made paalkova with thirattuppaal. If you get a chance to get seem paal (cow'sfirst milk after a calf is born), it will be rich in taste and quality. I used normal whole milk for this recipe.
You will need:
Whole Milk - 1.75 litres
Sugar / Jaggery - 1 1/2 cups (I used jaggery for this recipe)
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or less
In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the milk and let it come to a boil, stirring ocassionally.
Now add 1 tbsp of lemon juice and keep stirring, You will see that the milk has started to curdle.
If the milk didn't curdle, then add little more of the lemon juice. First the milk will look like the
photo 1 below, then when it has fully curdled, it will look like in photo 2 below.
Then , seive it in a siever and remove the curds and whey.
Now add the jaggery or sugar and the cardamom powder and keep stirring, till it loses all the water content.
When it is done, grease a tray with ghee and transfer the contents to the tray. Once it cools down, you can cut into pieces and wrap them up in plastic sheets like we do for halwa.
Paalkova is ready to eat.