Malpua Recipe – Famous Indian Dessert

Bengali Malpua is a fried pancake dipped in Chashni, served with rabdi. Fluffy inner part with crisp edges. Tried and tested recipe with video and images.

Malpua with chashni
Malpua with chashni

Malpua is primarily a Bengali cuisine dessert. You literally fry a pancake and sip in Sugar Syrup (Chashni) to make it sweet.

Malpua with Rabdi is just another combination where you top up the pancake with milky Rabdi. It is an optional addition though.

This recipe makes soft and fluffy pancakes with crisp outer edges.

We have not included Rabdi and Chashni recipe here. Chashni recipe is available separately on our catalog and the link has been shared later in the article.

The video is pretty old but the recipe is tried and tested. The images in this article have been updated and we clicked them while we were re-trying the same recipe.
Hence, do not worry and follow the steps as listed here or shown in the video.

By the way, do let us know how the new pictures look, in the comments.

Malpua is a small pancake made with Khoya and All purpose flour. You can never forget its taste when it just melts in your mouth.


Prep Time: 5 Min.
Cook time: 10 Min.

Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yield6 Malpua (4 Inch Diameter)
Serving Size 1 Malpua (4 Inch Diameter)
Serving Per Recipe6
Calories per serving Per Recipe
290 Calories
Fat Content31 grams fat

Ingredients 7

Ingredients for malpua recipe
Ingredients for malpua recipe
Oil needed for frying
Oil needed for frying
100 Gms Khoya (Mawa)
1 Cup (Our 1 Cup = 240 ML) All Purpose Flour (Maida)
Sufficient Warm water (for making dough)
1 pinch Baking powder
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds (Saunf)
Sufficient Oil (for frying)
Sufficient Sugar Syrup (Chashni)
Malpua - an Indian dessert
Malpua – an Indian dessert


Preparing Malpua Paste Preparation Time: 5 Minute

  1. Grate khoa for Malpua
    Grate khoa

    Start with finely grating the Khoya. The Khoa or Khoya or Mawa increases in its volume after grating. Don’t worry about it.

  2. Mix maida, saunf, water to make paste
    Mix maida, saunf, water to make paste

    Once done, add All Purpose flour (Maida), Fennel seeds (Saunf) and Baking powder. Mix well.

  3. Add warm water gradually to make a smooth paste. Do not add all water at one go. Mix well.
  4. Dropping consistency for malpua paste
    Dropping consistency for malpua paste

    The consistency of the paste should be thick enough that it can be dropped too. It took us 1+1/2 cup of warm water to reach this consistency. You can watch the video for a better idea about the consistency that we are talking about.

  5. Mixing is important to make fluffy, soft pancakes and would take about 5 minutes. Make sure that you remove as much lumps as possible.

    Once done, move on to next step.

Preparing Sugar Syrup (Chashni) Preparation Time: 30 Minute

  1. We should prepare the Sugar Syrup at this time. We have NOT counted the chashni making time in this recipe. It can take up-to 30 minute to make 1 string consistent chashni.

    You can watch/read the recipe of Chashni here.

    Please note that we need a 1 string consistent Sugar syrup here.

Frying the Pancake Cooking time: 10 Minute

Shallow frying Malpua
Shallow frying Malpua
  1. Before starting with frying, please make sure that Chashni is ready and is hot. If you are using a pre-made Chashni, heat it up for 2 minutes on high flame now.
  2. Take a frying pan (flat base and about 1 inch depth). Add a thin layer (1/2 inch) of Oil. Heat it on high flame for 3 minutes.
  3. Once Oil is hot, pour a tablespoon full of paste. Turn the flame on low.
  4. Don’t try to make a shape. It will take a round shape on its own. You can cut out the extra portions (if any) that spawed after you added paste.
  5. Pour a teaspoon of Oil on top of pancake using Spatula. Let it cook until it gets golden brown from bottom. You can raise with the help of Spatula to see its brown color level.
  6. Flip it when it gets golden brown at bottom.
  7. Take out the Malpua when it gets golden brown from both sides.
  8. Dipping malpua in chashni
    Dipping malpua in chashni

    Now dip Malpua in hot sugar syrup (Chashni) for 4 minutes. Let it absorb the Sugar.

  9. You can now make more Malpua similarly.
  10. Hot Malpua’s are ready to serve. Enjoy!
Sweet pancakes from India called Malpua
Sweet pancakes from India called Malpua

Storage and Serving Suggestions

  1. Garnish Malpua with Pistachio pieces before serving. Note that Pista should not be salted.
  2. Malpua is also served with Rabdi on top.
  3. Maplua tastes best if served right after preparation. But, you can keep preserve it in refrigerator for 4-5 days easily.
  4. If you have refrigeration Malpua, then use the Microwave to re-heat before serving.
  5. If you refrigerate, then there is a good possibility that the Sugar syrup (chashni) will solidify too. It may or may not taste well if you plan to melt it again using microwave heating. So, it is advisable to re-heat using the stove.

    While you use stove, make sure that you have enough chashni in the heating pan to avoid Malpua’s burning.

Malpua recipe
Malpua recipe

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