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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ P for Paalakhova Bun / Kurnool Khova Bun

I had thought of everything from pyaara chaat to paani puri for today’s recipe but ended up making these sweet and yummy khova stuffed buns instead. I hadn’t heard about them until a fortnight ago when my sister in law casually mentioned in a conversation when we were quizzing her about jamun bunsThe jamun buns started to sell around in late 70’s or early 80’s in Kadapa. My husband kept telling me that he and his brother, a couple of years older than him were the only ones who had tasted those jamun buns and his other older siblings were already adults and probably had never even heard about them. My sister in law who was also not sure what these buns were asked us whether they were similar to khova buns. I immediately hopped into the web world like any good blogger would do and found out surprisingly, that the khova buns are a specialty of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, which coincidentally happens to be a neighbor of my husband’s hometown. 

I kept wondering whether I need to post one more bun with sweet stuffing after jamun buns but gave in when I realized that cooking and clicking hardly takes 10 minutes for this recipe. These paalakhova buns need only two ingredients as the title suggests - buns and khova / khoya, the cooked and sweetened milk solids. There is a town called Guvvalacheruvu in Kadapa district where khova is a popular commodity. People from other towns flock to the small town to buy their paalkhova. The paalakhova production is a cottage industry in the town. I love their khova and thought of making it from scratch and realized I didn't have to toil so much when cooking for one. I therefore opted for the easy, instant microwave version and got the paalakhova done in 8 minutes. (Paalu is milk in Telugu and paalakhova means khova made from milk.)

Use if you have any sweetened khova/khoya at home that can be spreadable and these buns can be made in no time. It is ridiculously so easy preparation that I wondered whether this needs any recipe at all. All one needs to know is how to spread jam on a bread slice. 

Don't spread the khova on both halves since that becomes too much sweeter to handle if you are using the microwave version. If khova was prepared from scratch and the sugar quantity was controlled or if one likes a really sweetened version, then go spreading the khova on both halves of the buns.

My vote went to jamun buns compared to this but these were delicious too. Even my daughter who is a self proclaimed sweet hater loved these buns.

Ingredients per serving:
1 bun
Sweetened khova as needed

Split the bun into two halves. Smear one half of the bun with khova and place the other half over it and enjoy. 

So far, on this series, 
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi
G for Ghugni Chaat
H for Hare Chane Ki Chaat
I for Indori Garaadu Chaat
J for Jamun Bun
K for Khakra - Chana Bhel 
L for Locho
M for Masala Puri Chaat
N for Nippattu Masala Chaat
O for Onion Pakoda  

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Priya Suresh said...

Tremendous Suma, omg i cant resist to this bun dear. Am an ardent fan of paalkova and this bun makes me hungry already. We Indians are genius na, how wonderful those buns looks.

vaishali sabnani said...

We have so much street food in India..well actually all over the globe , but truly India rocks. Buns and khoya ..never heard of this combo, but sounds so good, we do need some sweets after a spicy and tangy chat so I am glad you posted this and will definitely check that 8 minute MW version of the khoya.

Harini R said...

I am in love with these sweet buns, first the jamun buns and now palkova buns. The streets of kadapa and kurnool seem to be a rich source of such interesting foods :)

Sandhiya said...

Wow, what a idea to spread palkova over the buns !!! Such a great find,Suma !!! Never heard it before, glad you shared this recipe over the other one !!! I can imagine how delicious it would be , will give it a try on sometime soon!!!

Srividhya said...

Love paal khova but haven't tried it in buns. Glad you are reviving all these forgotten recipes from Kadappa.

Sharmila kingsly said...

This sure made me drool.. khova with buns sounds so new ... Should try this some time !!

Gayathri Kumar said...

I was drooling over the jamun buns and now this. OMG! It looks fabulous Suma.

Kalyani said...

What a find ! I love palkova as it is and this on bun must be such a delight esp for those with a sweet tooth :)

Mayuri Patel said...

Its like having milk barfi on a bun. Loving your unique and different kind of food from lesser known parts of India. Awesome share.

Srivalli said...

Wow Suma, this is such a treasure find. I too never imagine kadapa and kurnool to have so many rare and interesting street food to offer. Maybe we may not have explored as one is expected still these bun sandwiches like the jamoon are simply awesome!...I was literally grinning when I read the recipe notes.hheeheh..too good@

Pavani said...

I’m so glad you shared this yummy street food Suma. Dishes like these are only known to the locals or people who visit the places, for all others they are virtually unknown. So thanks to you we get to learn a simple yet delicious and lip smacking dish.

Unknown said...

Omg suma this is such amazing street food recipe kudos to you for finding this incredible street food.. Looks fabulous and am sure they taste sinful !!

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Yumm, that is a nice idea to pair buns with sweetkhoa! Looks perfect, I bet the buns Would beautifully balance the sweetness in the Khoa! Delicious ❤️

cookingwithsapana said...

How come you find so innovative ideas of eating buns with such tempting sweets. This one with palkova sounds interesting but I guess the jamun one would have been my vote too.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

That is one street food that I have not heard of. I would have never even thought of combining paalkova and bun. Love your quick recipe to make paalkova.

Padmajha said...

I do remember those jamun buns and it has been bookmarked! And this is another gem that needs to be tried. I will also opt of the MW version of paalakhova . What an awesome find Suma!!

Preeti said...

Wow.. what a innovation.. i tried sweet bun with butter.. but mawa with bun is really interesting recipe.