The Royal Sweet
Who can refuse a bite of the heavenly Mysore Pak? The golden brown sweet which is heavenly and lifts your mood instantly as it melts away like butter in your mouth was but a result of a royal experiment.
Tracing its history
Kakasura Madappa, the palace cook of Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV conducted this experiment. When the King’s platter had a void for a sweet course he hitched upon the idea of inventing a new sweet out of gram flour ( besan ), Ghee and sugar syrup. The king was so pleased with the dish that he asked Madappa to open a shop selling this sweet so that his subjects could also relish it. Run by his great-grandson, Nataraj, this shop called Guru Sweet Mart still sells this world-famous sweet.
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This sweet is prepared by mixing gram flour in sugar syrup and Ghee, hence its named Mysore Pak, Paka meaning sugar syrup in Kannada. Paka may also refer to ‘Paka Shastra’, which means cooking procedure in Kannada.
Along with Mysore Sandal oil, soap, jasmine, Mysore silk, betel leaf and rosewood inlay, Mysore Pak is also something that Mysore is known for.
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Do try this amazing sweet which continues to remind us of the freak experiment that resulted in this heavenly dish. There are two forms of Mysore Pak that one would like- the soft form and the porous form. The one dripping with Ghee remains one of the favourites but those who are calories conscious tend to avoid it.
Do bite into one for an instant dose of euphoria.
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