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Microwave Paal Kova or Milk Cake is super easy to make in the microwave and it tastes amazing. A quick and easy Indian sweet.

Here in the Northeast region of the USA we had a major snowstorm this weekend, in OCTOBER!  My weekend didn’t exactly go as planned, and my biggest regret is missing my friend’s engagement party due to the storm… sorry KP!  Apart from a disastrous storm, it was a fun weekend with family.burfi 004

This past Diwali I made a quick dessert in less than 15 minutes and it was so so good, and seriously ANYONE can make this dessert, there is nothing intimidating about it!  So here is the decadent recipe that I stumbled upon on Spiceindiaonline.  I made a few alterations to this recipe that I will share with you below.burfi 011
Paal Kova is a specialty in India’s southern region of Tamil Nadu.  The key to making this delicious dessert is microwaving the condensed milk, yogurt, and clarified butter, every few minutes until you reach the right color and consistency.burfi 019
And since it was Diwali, there is absolutely nothing healthy about this dessert, but it tastes divine.  Having said that, I do want to work on a reduced fat version of this incredible dessert.  My husband LOVED it! 



  • Since I didn’t have pistachios on hand, I added some cardamom powder.
  • I lowered the amount of ghee (clarified butter) used in this recipe.
  • I garnished with a few cashew nuts, but this is totally optional.

APPROXIMATE NUTRITION PER SERVING (yields 10 diamond shaped pieces)

  • Calories: 155 cals
  • Fat: 5.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbs: 22 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g

PAAL KOVA (mostly adapted by SpiceIndiaOnline)
~ yields 10 diamond shaped pieces 
~ fat and calories were not reduced in this recipe


  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1-14 ounce can
  • Low Fat Yogurt – 3 tbsp
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp + 2 tsp
  • Ground Cardamom – 1/2 tsp
  • Cashews – 3 to 4 (chopped for garnish)

1. To start, here is what you’ll need.mithai 005

2. In a microwave safe bowl, add sweetened condensed milk.mithai 007
3. Add 1 tbsp of ghee (clarified butter).  You can use unsalted butter – I’m pretty sure it will work well, too.mithai 009
4. Add 3 tbsp of yogurt.mithai 010
5. Mix well.mithai 011
6. Into the microwave for 4 minutes.mithai 014
7. After 4 minutes, using a towel, remove the bowl from the microwave and let it sit for a minute.mithai 017
8. Stir, notice there is liquid.  mithai 019
9. Into the microwave again, this time for 2 minutes.  This is what you should have the next time.  Wait a minute before stirring.mithai 021
10. Stir, notice the liquid?mithai 023
11. Add 2 tsp of ghee (clarified butter), although I’m sure you can skip this step.  Stir.mithai 025

12. Into the microwave for 2 minutes.  This is what you should have.  Wait a minute before stirring.mithai 027

13. Stir.  Again, into the microwave for another 2 minutes.mithai 029
14. This is what you should have.  It keeps getting hotter and hotter.  Wait a minute before stirring.mithai 031
15. This time when you stir, notice the liquid is evaporated and the color changed.  mithai 033
16. I put this in the microwave another 1 to 2 minutes at most.  Start with 1 minute and check.  This is what you should have.  mithai 038
17. Stir.  mithai 040
18. Add cardamom powder.  Stir.mithai 042
19. Plate the sweet onto a serving plate.  mithai 045
20. Chop cashew nuts for garnish – optional.  You can use pistachios or almonds.mithai 037
21. Top with cashew nuts and indulge while it is still warm or wait a little bit.  I promise you this stuff is a UH-MAZING, especially with a cup of hot tea!mithai 051

This dessert was amazing, and I just happened to stumble upon it, so glad I did.  I’ll definitely work on a Reduced-Fat version of this dessert because I will most definitely be making it again.  So easy and so good, it won’t disappoint.

TELL ME: Have you ever made Indian Desserts in the microwave?  If so, what?  Share with us!

Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.

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  1. 5 stars
    Finally something that doesn’t take two hours to make! This milk cake tasted exactly like the Indian stores and perfect for my milk cake crazy family!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you Nisha for posting this easy and delicious recipe, tried it for Janmashtami and it turned out like the ones we used to eat in India ❤️

  3. 5 stars
    Love love love this easy to make recipe!!!! So tasty! And worth a try !! Made it for my brothers for Rakhi and they loved it and said it tasted like original milk cake from India!! Yummm

  4. 5 stars
    This was unbelievable! I was craving milk cake so this was perfect! Hubby loved it and my 4 year old daughter!

  5. I'm all over anything that can be microwaved! This looks deliciously sweet…perfect with a cup of tea.

    Hope it's warming up in NYC for you!