How to make Mava/Khoya at home in just 4 minutes

Desis living abroad know the struggle well. Mava/khoya is not easily available. With three ingredients on hand, you can make your own in only 4 minutes and bring more flavor to your favorite desserts or dishes.

What is Mava/Khoya?

Mava or Khoya is an ingredient used in making many Indian/Pakistani desserts and delicacies. Traditionally, it is made by cooking milk on low heat for hours, until all liquid has been evaporated and only the milk solids are left. It is a very time consuming process. In India people usually buy mava/khoya from local sweet shops (halwai). But if you are living abroad, you can have a hard time finding good quality mava at stores. I was happy to find this method of making it at home, which only takes me 4 minutes and comes out perfectly every time.

What ingredients are needed?

You will need these three ingredients:

Full Fat Milk: Do not use skimmed as you will not get the desired results. Full fat (3.5% or more) will give you best results

Ghee: You can replace ghee with unsalted butter as well.

Full Fat Powdered Milk: I used Nido brand but you can use whatever brand is available to you. Make sure that it is not skimmed or fat reduced.

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Homemade Mava/Khoya in just 4 minutes

Perfect to be added to your desserts, this mava/khoya is ready in only 4 minutes.
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian


  • Non stick pan
  • Spatula


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Full fat milk
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee/ unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Full fat powdered milk (I used Nido)


  • Put the pan on medium low heat. Pour the milk and the ghee into the pan. Mix and bring it to simmer.
  • Gradually add milk powder, while mixing continuously. It will look granulated in the beginning, but it will gradually smoothen out.
  • Cook on medium low heat for 3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • When the mava/khoya starts to bind together and looks smooth, turn off heat.
  • Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature. Then crumble with hands to make small pieces.
  • Add to your favorite desserts (like this healthier gajar ka halwa or this almond flour halwa) and enjoy.


The measurements given in this recipe will give 1/2 cup mava/khoya. If you want to make more, you can double or triple the amount of every ingredient. Please note that this might increase the cooking time by 1 or 2 minutes. 
Keyword easy khoya at home, Homemade khoya, homemade mava

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