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Microwave Therattipaal | How to make Pal Khova at home | Easy Indian Desserts

Like Kashi Halwa, Therattipaal also plays an important role in Tambrahm Iyengar weddings. Towards the end of the wedding rituals, there is a role play called “Grihapravesham” where the Mother In Law (MIL) welcomes the Daughter in Law to the family, and the bride carries, amongst other things (as part of the โ€œPirandha veetu seerโ€, a gift from the bride’s family to the grooms’) , a sweet which is usually Therattipaal and offers the first morsel to the MIL, and then to the other members of the groom’s family : talk about appeasing the MIL  !!! (Indian brides would relate to this !! Lol). The MIL also proceeds to offer the DIL a bite of this….

At my wedding, I was completely off sweets and my MIL knew this, so she assured me for the sake of photographers and videographers milling around, she would only enact to put a bite into my mouth. So, we put up a quick drama so the onlookers wouldn’t suspect a thing !!  (On other thoughts, I wish I could be off sweets now, when its needed most!!)


Ahem ! coming to today’s dish, Therattipaal (aka Palkova) comes from the tamil words Theratti (stirred & reduced) & Paal (milk), so the original dish calls for slaving over the stove for hours to get the right creamy light brown coloured consistency from the full cream milk and jaggery. 

The husband & elder one love the Aavin Palkova that MIL sometimes lugs in from Chennai. The version made in the temple town of Srivilluputtur is made the traditionally made and is most famous – one could call this the Indian version of Dulce de Leche :-))


I took the shortcut of making this microwave, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought. The first time I didnt pay attention to the time, and ended up burning the whole batch.

Then I adapted Shanthi Mami’s recipe and found it to be fairly successful with both the husband and the elder one eating this over two days ๐Ÿ™‚

Microwave Therattipaal – a Indian Fudge like made with condensed milk  

Prep time : 5 mins, Microwave time : 10-12 mins : Serves : 3-4

(Timings differ from Microwave to microwave, so check constantly)


  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – 400 ml (1 can)
  • Saffron Strands – few
  • Curd / thick yoghurt – 2 TBSP
  • Warm milk – 2 tsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 TBSP



  1. Soak the saffron strands in warm milk and keep aside.
  2. In a deep glass / ceramic microwave proof bowls, mix the condensed milk and curd well. Microwave on high for 3 mins (watch the bowl for any spillage / burn). Take it out , mix well, and add the milk and saffron, micro again for 2 mins.
  3. Take out, mix well and MW on high for 2 mins. 
  4. Now give a standing time for 5-7 mins, mix well and serve immediately ( it coagulates when refrigerated, so u can add a tsp of milk if required and warm 



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  1. Gayathri Kumar

    I didn't know that curd is added in therattipaal. Your version looks so divine. I could finish off the entire bowl..

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Kalyani this is a dessert to die for , i am loving all that goes in , wow what a fabulous treat .

  3. MySpicyKitchen

    Curd is an interesting ingredient. I guess that's what gives the microwave version the texture. Sinfully delicious!

  4. Nalini's Kitchen

    I do the same way Kalyani,such a simple and easy to make version..

  5. The Pumpkin Farm

    it looks like kunda…very easy peasy recipe…bookmarking it

  6. Priya Suresh

    This instant version of therattipaal is my all time favourite, looks fabulous Kalyani.

  7. There is no ingredient in this which can spoil the taste. Am drooling here.

  8. awww.. my fav sweet.. srivilliputhur polkova chance ella la.. amazing. Love this microwave version.

  9. cookingwithsapana

    Palkova is in my to do list and this MW version sounds perfect.

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Oh Wow! The therattipaal has come out so granular. Just how I like it. I think, the curd does the trick of making it granular. Quick and easy recipe.

  11. Absolutely delicious one. This used to be my to go sweet during my early cooking days whenever I felt like eating something sweet. And of course when I was much thinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I'm not a big fan of cooking for hours but would love if anyone made therattipal the traditional way. I'm loving your cheat version — sooo perfect for lazy person like me ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love this version so much..good one..

  14. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Aavin paalkova, even my hubby loves it!! But i prefer the traditional way, after i made it for one of our BM. Even my hubby makes it the traditional way, when i m not here. But all said, for people like us with no aavin nearby and a sudden urge of thiratipaal, is definitely satiated by this quick version!!!

  15. This sweet is so new to me yet so much to my taste. You can guess what I plan making asap

  16. This dish is totally new to me. Looks and sounds super amazing!!

  17. This dish is totally new to me. Looks and sounds super amazing!!

  18. www.annapurnaz.in

    Therattipaal looks like milk cake in texture. Since make from condensed milk so can imagine the taste….bound to be wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Yes, I remember that ritual. So many people fed me theratipal it was unbelievable! The only sweet I knew how to make for a long time was this one though it involved endless hours over the stove. Love your microwave version.

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