How to Make Mawa at Home From Milk

Updated on December 21, 2019
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Mawa or khoya
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What Is Mawa?

Mawa, also called khoya or khoa, is a concentrated form of milk produced by reducing it to 1/5 of its original volume.

Although mawa is readily available in India, summer is a time when it is not available everywhere—and in some parts of the world, mawa is unavailable altogether. With this recipe, however, you can prepare mawa any time using raw, full-cream milk. It is a simple and straightforward process, but it does take some time and patience.

Besides milk, mawa can be prepared using condensed milk, fresh cream, or milk powder.

The benefits of homemade mawa are its freshness and purity. Many Indian sweets use mawa as one of its ingredients. It is also added to many savory dishes.

Cook Time

Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 300 grams mawa


  • 1.5 liters raw, full-fat milk


  1. In a thick bottomed non-stick pan, heat the milk on high flame until it comes to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low-medium and keep stirring the milk at one to one and a half minute intervals until it reduces by half. Simultaneously keep removing the cream from the sides of the utensil and stir it in the milk. Ensure you stir the milk all the way down to the base of the utensil and keep the milk bubbling.
  3. When the milk has reduced by about half, lower the heat a bit. Keep stirring the milk almost constantly now until it becomes thick.
  4. When the milk has reduced by about 75%, turn down heat to low and keep stirring the milk constantly now on. This is the time you need to be very watchful as the milk may burn very non-stick if not kept continuously stirred. Scrape the cream from the sides and mix it in the milk as you stir.
  5. Keep stirring the milk until the water in the milk dries up and all that remains is the thick creamy mawa. Our mawa took 1 hour and 15 minutes to make.
  6. Take it off the heat and allow to cool down completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The mawa will remain good for 3-4 days.

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Peggy, I think you should be able to make it from pasteurized milk. It just has to be full-fat. It can also be made from dried whole milk. Thank you for visiting.

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      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds as though it would be rich and probably very tasty. All of the milk we purchase in grocery stores is pasteurized so would probably not work for this recipe. Thanks for telling us about Mawa and how it is made.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you for appreciating this ingredient Dianna.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      20 months ago

      How is it that this simple process has not been used in our country? I think it would add to the richness of food. Thanks for the interesting elements on Mawa.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you Bill. You visit is much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love reading about your foods. All are unique and all are interesting for this boy raised on hamburgers. lol


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