Malpura (Ricotta Pancakes in Cardamom Syrup)

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 13 PANCAKES


These creamy pancakes soaked in cardamom syrup and sprinkled with pistachios make an ethereal dessert.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 14 tsp. saffron
  • 3 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained in a sieve overnight
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 14 cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 14 cup chopped pistachios


Step 1

Simmer sugar, saffron, cardamom, and 1 cup water in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium heat for 12 minutes. Mix ricotta, flour, and 3⁄4 cup water in a bowl to make a batter. Heat ghee in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, spoon 2-tbsp. portions of batter into skillet, and fry until golden, 2-3 minutes. Arrange pancakes in a shallow dish with sides; pour cardamom syrup over top, sprinkle with pistachios, and let soak for 5 minutes before serving.

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