Monday, September 6, 2010

home made khoya in microwave


 Khoya or khoa is thickened milk till it gets dry , almost like a ball of evaporated unsweetened milk . It is normally used to make sweets like peda and burfi and many more sweets or mithais as we call them . I miss getting fresh khoya off the counter for making my gujias most and always end up reducing the milk for hours on end in a thick base kadai . But that i do when i have to make gujias for holi n khoya is needed in large amounts . Sometimes just a 100 gm or 50 gm khoya is needed and reducing it the traditional way is not at all practical . Milk powder comes handy for this purpose and that is a must have item in my pantry , milk powder or dairy creamer whatever you call it , it can give you khoya instantly without messing up with you kitchen and utensils.........yes in a glass or ceramic bowl and a couple of minutes in front of the microwave.............that's all you need to do .

making khoya using milk powder ...

A teacup of milk powder goes into a 500 ml capacity bowl .


Add a tbsp of water to make a loose paste....


Cover with a plastic lid loosely and microwave for a minute on high....the mixture will push the lid up as it heats up . Take it out and check , it looks like this....


Cover again and heat for another minute , this time the mixture will push up the lid after every 5 seconds or so , stop for 2 seconds every time and repeat for 3-4 times .After 10 seconds and pausing twice it looks like this....

 Another go in the microwave and it dries up and becomes crumbly , daanedar as we call it ........
........daanedar khoya minton me taiyyar ..........it took less than two minute (1 minute 25 second to be precise ) for this quantity and you get a tea cup of loosely packed khoya .


This khoya tastes similar to the one we get in khoya gali of Banaras n i suspect the traders make it with powder milk themselves. The khoya available in delhi is spurious and i never buy that after just one trial..

Home made khoya by reducing the milk in a kadai for hours tastes different and certainly better than this . This khoya wins hands down because of it's quick availability. I made it to make a special curry , khoya matar , a specialty of Banaras apparently , though i ended up adding paneer to the curry and it was a khoya matar paneer ....recipe coming up next , stay tuned ....

25 comments:

  1. kewl :) 2 min mein khoya, kya baat hai.... Can I make it on gas stove....?

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  2. for us here this method very useful..although we get khoya here very easily...thanks for sharing..

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  3. Wow.. this looks really special and nice :)

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  4. Oh my god! That is so brilliant! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  5. Thanks all the lovely ladies....

    @ Puja ...yes it can be done on gas stove too . Mix required amount of water in the milk powder placing it in a kadai , add a tsp of ghee , bhuno ( dry roast ) on gas stove on very low flame for 3-4 minutes for this quantity . It may take even less time depending on heat level you use .

    Other wise , make a stiff dough with water and milk powder , tie the dough into a muslin cloth and place it into a small colander which can fit into your pressure cooker , you can use a small sized wire rack too . Now fill a little water in the cooker , the level of water should not touch the milk powder dough and steam it using the lid without the vent . After about 10 minutes of steaming , you get daanedar khoya .Both these process are a little messy so i prefer the microwave method.

    Let me know if you try any of these.

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  6. arre, this is so cool! i like rich creamy gravies and am definitely going to try this and wait for the khoya matar recipe..

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  7. Sangeeta, this is so simple and time saving. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. It is so simple and no-fuss idea that it makes me want to bang my head that why didn't someone thinkof thi earlier :) awesome!!

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  9. this idea is really interesting.. good one sangeetha within minutes khoya is ready thats so easy

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  10. Dear Sangeeta
    Thats great..so I can now make Khoya Matar. I dont eat market Khoya ...this method will be of great help.
    Have a nice day

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  11. That was one of the best tips I have read over the net. I don't usually like to cook in the microwave, except rice. But this khoya, I will definitely make. I don't get any kind of khoya out here, or maybe it is frozen but I am not sure how good it is. This is good.

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  12. BRILLIANT!!!! simply superb...
    Thanks Sangeeta, I love your blog.

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  13. Sangeeta, I'm going to try this at home. The khoya we get here is awful--frozen and like cardboard. I have to try this, I got a box of skim milk powder that needs to be used before it expires! Gajar ka halwa, here I come!! :)

    I'm also looking for your sago vada recipe, which I'll be trying too. (look for a post in the days to come! :)

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  14. Thankyou for this recipe. I had come across this one long time back but had forgotten to bookmark it. I did it today. Going to make lavang latika tomorrow and will use this khoya. thanks again:)

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  15. This came out very well... I made gulab jamun using this khoya today...and it truly is excellent...

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  16. What a wonderful way of making Khoya, itni akal maine kyu nahi ladhayi Sangeeta :)

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    1. ha ha Nupur. Hope you like this khoya now , it's a lifeline for me :-)

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    2. Hey Sangeeta, I am going to use this recipe today for making Ghujia .. Thanks again ;)

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    3. You wouldn't be disappointed Nupur. I make my gujhia using this home made khoya with milk powder always and it pleases everyone each time. Please let me know your experience.

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  17. Can u please tell me, how many days it can be preserve? & how to make pedas

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    1. This khoya keeps well for about a week at room temperature but preserving this khoya beats the purpose of being it an instant khoya. Why not to make it when required?

      To make peda, just add sugar to taste to the prepared khoya, cook till smooth and the mixture forms a ball in the pan. Cool till it can be handled (not completely cold) and shape pedas, the pedas will be set after cooling.

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  18. How many days it can be preserved & how to make pedas from this?

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  19. hello genius, i am going to make this now and then use it in Gajar ka halwa - love you :)

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  20. This is the easiest recipe for khoya I ever seen. Thanks for sharing. Mona

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