Microwave Paal Kova


Microwave Paal Kova is one simple preparation which can be made with  few ingredients in under 30 minutes.  It can’t get any easier than this, you got to try!!!

Pal Kova / Pala Khoa / Condensed Milk Halwa / Theratti Paal / Milk Halwa / Microwave Cooking / Condensed Milk Desserts / Sweets / Doodh Peda / Milk Fudge / Milk Toffee





1 can Sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce)
3 tsbp Yogurt
9 tsp Ghee
1 tsbp Unsalted Pistachios (crushed)


All you need is a 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk tin, some ghee and yogurt.


Take nice sturdy microwave safe bowl preferably glass which is slightly wide and big. This is to insure that the milk doesn’t boil over it.  Combine condensed milk, yogurt and 3 tsp of ghee at this point.

Mix well and microwave for 4 minutes.

At end of 4 minutes, give a standing time of 1 minute.  (This is mainly done to let the bubbling settle orelse it will splash on your face) The bowl will be very hot so carefully remove using a towel. This is how it will look after first 4 minutes.

It will appear slightly curdled, use a spoon and mix gently.


Add 2 tsp of ghee now and microwave for 2 minutes.

Again after that give 1 minute standing time and get it out. This is how it will look now. You have to stir gently, the bottom portion will look slightly brown and upper portion will be pale yellow.  Add  2 tsp ghee and then cook for another 2 minutes.

Give 1 minute standing time.  Now you will see that the whole content turning brown.

Stir gently, add last set of 2 tsp ghee and cook for 2 minutes.

Again give 1 minute standing time. When it comes out it will be bubbling and very hot, handle carefully. Let stay for few minutes.

Mix the crushed pistachio nuts.

At this stage the consistency will look little loose, once cooled it will solidify further.


Yield- 1/2 kg / 1 pound / 1 1/2 cups Halwa.  Roughly 10 pieces. (2″ x 2″)

Alternately you can use low fat condensed milk and yogurt and cut down on the ghee too. Adjust to suit your needs. Microwave settings differ, mine is over the range GE Profile. Adjust the timing by increasing if the power is low.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Orkut
  • Google Buzz
  • LinkedIn

35 comments to Microwave Paal Kova

  • suma

    Great Recipe! Please let me know if there is a substitute for curd or if I can skip it as my hubby don’t eat curd. Thanks in advance for your response and keep up the great work!

  • Tried this and it was a hit,we relished it.Thk u for sharing.

  • Sumaiya Suhail

    Nice receipe..

  • Sumi

    Hi, jus tried out the sweet. i think a total of 8 minutes would be enough to make the dish in the oven. The last two minutes turned the gova hard and it blackened..almost burnt. Prior to that it looked and tasted gud too.

    Will try the same again with less time. a very easy and tasty recipe though:)

    • Priya

      It happened to me once so I always made this dish by avoiding the last 2 mins. But today, it didn’t burn. The only difference is….this time I followed the recipe as is. Usually, everytime when we take it out for stirring,I would not wait for a minute acc to receipe instructions. Also, I would add ghee n then mix it well n keep it in the microwave. This time, I waited for minute then mixed it. Added ghee on the top n kept it to continue cooking. Just follow the recipe as is n I’m sure it won’t run.


  • Malar

    Hai Mullai,

    Iam new person.Just had a search for some sweets.fortunately i have seen ur paalkhova recipe and tried it.This is awesome.Could u please tell me how to do same paalkhova using plain khoa/Mava.Thanks in advance.

  • Lakshmi Gopal

    Hi Mullai, I am new member. I enjoy trying out new recipes. From spiceindiaonline, so far i have tried, kadala curry, paal kova, hotel sambar everything came out very well. Only mint chutney became too hot though I used only one green chilli. I have added lemon juice to it, Nothing would fix it. Time being I stored the chutney in the freezer till I could find some solution. Could you hep? Thanks, Lakshmi

  • keerthi

    i tried this with lemon came out so well and yummy. thanks for the recipeii

  • Bakya

    Hi Mullai – I tried this palkova today.. It came out OK, but it became very hard – do you know what could be the reason?

    Thanks, Bakya

  • Savitha

    Thanks Mullai mam. Tried this and it came out excellent! Love the way you have shown steps, its amazing… I have tried other ones like biryani masala… another awesome one. Thanks so much for your effort.

  • Rajiv

    Mullai, I tried this today and it came out excellent. Haven’t thought making pal kova is this simpler… Thanks!

  • bakula

    hi mullai,

    i was looking for simple and fast Diwali sweet recipe and when i found and same day bought condensed milk and tried it came so nice and i took it to my friends party ,they liked it and they thought it might have taken long time to make. so thank u for recipe.

  • Raji

    Mullai mam……enna solredhu ungale …….vaarthaigal podhaadhu….u r simply superb.
    I tried this receipe for Diwali it was great hit.I added half can of evaporated milk during the process to cut down the sweet from the condensed milk a little bit.it took a little more time but came out really good.
    While making this sweet I got an idea of using this for paal puri…….
    Thank u so much for ur ideas.

  • An awesome and simple recipe. Wow!! Thanks a lot….

  • chandrika


  • hi mullai i tried chichen gravy (muniyandi vilas) style. it came very superb. thank u………………..

  • abikrish2k8

    i tried it & it came perfect.Tasted exactly like aavin palkova(look as well as the taste)
    …everyone loved it. Thanks Mullai

  • minu

    What a wonderful recipe!!!just now tried my paal kova acc to ur measurements…and it turn out to be a perfect one.Thanks mullai and wish more dishes to come like this…

  • hubert

    can i use this recipe as koya for other recipes

    • Hubert, in that case you need to use evaporated milk. It depends on what the recipe calls for, if using sweetened khoya, then this is the recipe to follow minus the pistachios. But most of the desserts call for plain khoya (which is unsweetened), then follow the same steps but instead use evaporated milk (another name for unsweetened condensed milk). Thanks.

      • hubert

        thank u so much mullai….u r the best when itcomes to blogging…i have been
        ur visitor from the year 2006 no one can beat ur cooking style and clarity
        I strongly believe u r the queen of all blogs ….coz I believe the food u cook will be heavenly…i have tried rasmalai,ompodi,vadacurry,salna,porotta..it always turned heavenly ..egg puff…


  • Divya Marcus

    Hi, Am gona try this recipe today…will get back to u with the feedback…can u post some recipes for kids pls…thank u again..

  • saratha

    another hit recipe mullai! gave applause from my relatives…thanks

  • Thanks to Cap, Rekha and Vishu. I’m glad that you all enjoyed!!

  • Wes & Amy

    The sample GT brought us was delicious. Thank you so much, Amy loved it and we will try to make it soon.

    • Hi Wes & Amy, thats nice of you guys to drop in a comment. It’s completely foolproof, delicious, and easy, you can never go wrong!! Goodluck!


  • Cappuccino

    Mullai, tried and it cameout superb………Everyone liked it and was asking for recipe and i shared your website. Thanx a lot for the great and simple recipe.

  • rekha

    Mullai mam asusual kalakal recipe,kalakal presentation and kalakal result….. tried it tasted like aavin palkova…thanks for the recipe….

  • Preetha

    mullai, did u use any flavoured yogurt or just the plain one

  • satya

    Hi Mullai, the same ingredients and preparation can i use stove to make kova. plz tell me if so how long i need to keep stiring

    • Sathya, its possible but i’m not sure as to how long, haven’t tried that way. Microwave does this with high power and curdles milk at a faster pace. Stove top will take a long time I guess. Thanks.

  • Vaishnavi

    Mullai madam,

    Yet another feather in your cap…Simple ingredients, easy steps, excellent presentation, mouth watering pictures…You rock again…Please keep going….

Leave a Reply





You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

January 2015
« Dec