Story/History of recipe
Palkova/ Thiratipal/ Milk Peda is a traditional Tamil Nadu milk sweet that is popular in Srivilliputhur a town in Virudhunagar. Next to Srivilliputhur temple, the emblem of Tamil Nadu, the town is famous for its traditional Palkova. It was first introduced by the Rajput Singh family from North India. It is said that the recipe is a hit because of the richness and quality of milk available there and neighbouring towns. It is prepared and sold majorly by Srivilliputhur Milk Producers Cooperative Society Limited since the 40s. From small to medium scale there are many vendors in Srivilliputhur for Palkova. Anyone who visits the town can't miss this sweet.
Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served
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- Take a wide heavy bottomed non stick pan, add one litre milk and boil at low to medium flame.
- Don't let it settle at the sides and gently stir with a wooden ladle.
- It will slowly start to thicken, keep stirring from time to time.
- In 40-50 minutes when it starts to condense add sugar and keep stirring.
- Sugar will melt, give it a good mix and it will again start to condense.
- Add one teaspoon or less ghee, cardamom powder and mix.
- Now when it has mixed well and has become completely thick, turn off the flame.
- Garnish with a pinch of saffron and sliced almonds.
- Once it has cooled down it will be ready to serve.
- It can stay fresh for a week or less if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated.
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- Energy - 104 cal
- Protein - 4 g - 8%
- Carbohydrates - 19 g - 6%
- Fiber - 0.1 g - 0%
- Fat - 1 g - 5%
- Cholesterol - 7 mg - 2%
- Vitamin A - 150 mcg - 5%
- Vitamin C - 0.2 mg - 0%
- Calcium - 208 mg - 16%
- Iron - 6 mg - 1%
- Potassium - 706 mg - 15%
- Sodium - 66 mg - 3%
- Milk is a good source of protein as it contains all essential amino acids. It helps in cellular repair, regulates the immune system and improves muscle health.
- It contains calcium along with other nutrients and vitamins which helps in increasing bone density thereby ensuring strong and healthy bones and prevents osteoporosis.
- The White Revolution in the 70s helped the growth of Srivilliputhur's Palkova. Since then the Co-operative society has developed a lot and has provided a lot of employment opportunities to the residents of the town.
- Srivilliputhur's Palkova earned its geographical indication (GI) tag in 2019.
- It is said that the family who introduced Srivilliputhur Palkova belongs to the same Rajput family who introduced the renowned Thirunelveli Halwa.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A significant amount of half a cup can be enjoyed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- This can be enjoyed as a dessert or evening time sweet.
Eat along with:
- This is perfect as it is.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- Diabetic patients and lactose intolerants shall avoid consuming.
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