paal cake or eggless soft & juicy milk cake or malabar milk cake It is a popular and tasty dessert recipe from the kerala cuisine made with milk powder and plain flour. It is a classical south Indian dessert recipe known for its gulab jamun like texture and appearance, yet has to offer different taste and flavor. It is generally made for occasions and celebrations as dessert, but can also be served as a tea time snack. You can add this sweet in your kitty party or any special occasion.

you may also shape it like a roll or even as like gulab jamun. lastly, if you feel you need softer and juicier paal cake, you may dip it in the sugar syrup or chashni for more time.

Video recipe of Paal Cake

Preparation time- 10 min.

Cooking time- 20 min.

Soaking time- 2 hrs.

Cuisine- kerala sweets



½ cup of milk powder

1 cup maida or all-purpose flour

½ tspn cardamom powder (optional)

1/3 tspn bakin powder

One pinch salt

Warm milk as per need

2 tbspn desi ghee

Oil for frying


1 cup sugar

2 pods cardemom

1 ½ cup of water

food colour (optional )


Firstly, in a large bowl take ½  cup milk powder, 1 cup maida, ¼ tsp cardamom powder and ½ tsp baking powder and one pinch of salt.

Mix well making sure everything is well combined.

Add 2 tbsp ghee and mix forming a moist flour.


Add ½ cup warm milk and start to knead.

Knead to a smooth and soft dough adding milk as required.

Roll the dough to slightly thick thickness.

Now cut into a rectangular shape using a scale to get a perfect size.

Drop into hot oil and fry on low flame.

Stir occasionally and fry until it turns golden brown.

Drain off the pieces to remove excess oil. keep aside.

In a pan take 1 cup sugar, 2 pods cardamom and 1½ cup water.

Stir and boil for 5 minutes or until sugar syrup turns sticky. do not attain 1 string consistency.

Now pour hot sugar syrup over the fried pieces.

Dip completely, and allow to soak for 2 hours or until the pieces absorb the sugar syrup.

Pal cake is ready to serve garnished with chopped nuts and enjoy with family.


  • Firstly, make sure to fry on low flame, else the cake will remain uncooked from inside.
  • additionally, for rich flavor, you can add kesar or orange food color in sugar syrup.
  • also, in place of maida, you can use wheat flour as a healthy alternative.
  • finally, paal cake recipe tastes great for a week when refrigerated.

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