Saturday, July 30, 2011

Celebrating First blog anniversary with Mysore Pak

It has been exactly one year and a few hours since I wrote my first post for Potato and onion sambar and shared the recipe with all of you. I can't believe that my Paaka-shaale is a year old now. Time, sure has flown. A lot has changed since I started this blog. This virtual kitchen of mine has introduced me to a whole new world of cooking and photography. I had no clue that I would meet so many creative and talented friends. I had never thought food blogging would be so enriching.
It may sound unbelievable. But even though I wanted to blog, starting a food blog was the last thing on my mind. Yes. It is true. Even though I was always interested in photography, I always thought that I did not have the patience to capture food. Come on, why would you wanna see that yummy dish through the lens when you are all hungry and drooling? Paaka-shaale was born shortly after someone asked me what I did in my spare time. "I cook" I had told her. It was then that I realized that I could just start a food blog. It was only after that did started being patient and started looking at food through my lens. I started learning the basics of the dSLR that S had just purchased. I stared pouring over the manual. I even read (and i still do) a lot of articles on photography online and offline. After a few weeks of toying around, I completely fell in love with food photography . These days, I hate to eat anything without photographing ;)

One of the most important and fantastic things that this past year has brought me are all my blog readers and friends. I am completely amazed by the support and encouragement that I have received from you guys This blog would not have come this far without you. A mere but a huge thank you to all of you.
This long post would be incomplete if I went without thanking a few others. Am I sounding too filmy?? But yeah I have got to do it. Firstly it's my mom and sis for their constant egging and encouragement. My darling S for being my worst critic and also encouraging me to follow my passion all the time. And my little purvi for just being there.
I had started this blog with a Karnata style Sambar. I thought of posting another Karnataka delicacy for the anniversary. It is Mysore Pak, Karnataka's Royal sweet. It is a simple medley of Gram flour, lots of ghee and sugar. This delicious fudge might look crumbly and grainy. But it actually melts in your mouth.

Mysore pak recipe
Preparation time: 15min
Cooking time- 15min+cooling time
Makes- 15-20 pieces

Besan or gram flour- 1 cup
Ghee- 2cups
Sugar- 2 cups, powdered
Nutmeg powder- a pinch

  • Break the lumps and sift the gram flour twice
  • In a thick bottomed pan, roast the gram flour along with a tbsp of ghee till slightly brown and fragrant and keep aside.
  • Grease a tray with a tsp of ghee and set aside
  • Preheat the ghee and keep it hot.
  • In a thick bottomed pan, mix sugar along with quarter cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer till the syrup is of one string consistency
  • Add 1/2 a cup of pure ghee to the syrup and mix
  • Add the gram flour mixture gradually, stirring all the while to prevent lump formation.
  • Add the nutmeg powder and keep mixing till the mixture starts bubbling. 
  • Add 1/2 a cup of ghee from time to time. The mixture should sizzle and froth with each addition.
  • Continue this process till all the ghee is used up.
  • Take off the heat when the mixture starts leaving the sides and looks dried out (kind of frothy)
  • Tip the contents to the greased tray and allow the mixture to cool for 10-12 min.
  • Cut into desired shapes and serve.
P.S: Keep the ghee hot throughout the cooking time
       I suggest you melt the ghee before measuring because the volume of the ghee increases once melted.

This Mysore pak of mine will go straight to Indian mitahi mela event which is hosted by Kalyani 


  1. Hi dear- Congratulations on your milestone, I believe it takes a lot of energy to get to this point n beyond..and you have done it perfectly and I know will continue to do so..Good luck n Hugs!!
    Mysore Pak looks DELECTABLE n the clicks WONDERFUL!
    US Masala

  2. Wow those mysore paks looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! You've nailed it and how!!!! And what a perfect post for this wonderful milestone! This dish takes a lot of finesse and is a laborious process! look forward to many more fine milestones and dazzling recipes from you
    xoxo priya

  3. congrats dear.......mysore pks looks perfect and yummy.....

  4. Perfectly done... Looks so tempting

  5. Congrats dear & wish u luck for more of such milestones...The mysore pak looks soft & truly tempting!!!! Good luck to u for many more wonderful blogging years!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. Congratulations on ur first milestone and best wishes for many more. Enjoyed this one year of blogging with u. Tasty mysore paks

  7. Hey happy anniversary sweetness, wish you many many year of success and happiness! This is such a beautiful recipe to mark your occasion. I'm soooo drooling over the pics of the stacked mysore paks, ahh! Lots of love and hugs!

  8. Congratulations on your 1st blogevarsary! This looks fabulous and perfect for the occasion...

  9. Congrats on your blog anniversary! Perfect mysorepa for celebration!

  10. Happy bloganniversary, dear!
    You have a lovely blog with delicious recipes, looking forward to many more years :-)
    Mysore pack is an irresistible treat, reminding me a great time we had when staying in this beautiful city!

  11. Happy 1 year anniversary! Time really does fly by, doesn' tit?

    This dish looks divine and just showcases what an amazing cook you are. So glad to have found your blog!

  12. CONGRATS :) Hugs dear on completing one year and I am sure there are many many more ahead. You rock and mysore pak looks soooo delicious.

  13. Hey dear Sis,

    Sorry for not congratulating you earlier since I hardly got to log on and was busy with "K" over the weekend. Lovely post and you do remember that you owe me mouth watering Mysore Pak after your attempt to make some for me at home 3 years back :). Congrats once again and keep up the superb work.

  14. Looks so so delicious and perfect! Perfect sweet for celebrating your blog anniversary! Keep going gal :)

  15. Congrats paakashale and wish you many more like this..The mysore pak looks just too perfect to melt in the mouth..

  16. Congratulations on your first year! You've created a lovely site.
    And the Mysore pak looks delicious.

  17. Congrats and keep coming up with your lovely creations for many many years!

  18. Hi, first time here...mysore pak looks absolutely tempting...Congrats on ur milestone....

  19. First of all congrats on completing a year, amazing milestone and feels superb. Keep rocking like this for years. I would love to see a lot of such authentic Karnataka cuisine.

    Now, coming to mysore pak, it is absolutely mouth watering. I love it and have a version in my blog. Next, I am going to try this version of yours :)

  20. Congrats! Best wishes for further blog growth.:)

  21. Wow, my most favourite Indian sweet!! Love mysore pak, we get a Mangalorean version too which doesnt have lots of ghee and is firm. Nice to visit your space, u have a lovely collection! Congrats on ur blogversary!!

  22. Congrats Nishi..I echo what you must be feeling right now..we share the same blog anniv date- and I m right on to rejoice with you :) Mysore pak - I taste on my south indian trips & loved all the ghee :)
    Sorry for being able to drop by late..internet speed at the hotel is not allowing me to be online for long.

  23. Congrats. Mysore Pak is perfect and delicious. First time here and you have a lovely space. glad to follow you.

    Sara's Corner

  24. wow! looks mighty tempting...Congrats on your milestone!
    first time here and loved your blog!
    happy to follow you!
    do visit me when time permits


  25. Congrats on the milestone dear ! looks awesome ! Thanks for linking !

  26. congrats for the milestone...and this mysore pak is the best way to celebrate it.....the clicks are just awesome.....lovely recipe
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  27. WOW...mysore pa looks delicious and lovely capture...congrats on ur blog gonna be coming back to see ur recipe ceollection

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