Condensed Milk using milk powder! Surprised? Making condensed milk at home using milk powder is doable. See, it’s not like I have made it & that’s why I am saying this. NO. You, too, can make.
Believe me; your condensed milk will look & taste exactly like those available in the market. So, let’s get started.
Let me tell you this – I’m not a professional chef & not even a home chef. I am a big-time foodie who loves to play dodhiya. Oh, boy! I am a die-hard fan of Garba.😊
Okay, now let’s put Navratri aside & focus on condensed milk using milk powder. By the way, you can checkout fast (upvas/vrat) recipes here on TastedRecipes, especially on the occasion of Navratri.
So, finally, here’s your condensed milk using milk powder.
What is Condensed Milk?
Condensed milk is an ingredient used in desserts & baking items. Although it is readily available in grocery stores yet, you can make it all by yourself.
The best part is – condensed milk is an excellent substitute for granulated or powdered sugar.
The basic definition of condensed milk is full-fat milk boiled and then milk powder & sugar mixed thoroughly. You can watch our kheer recipe videos to see how sugar is replaced with condensed milk.
On the other hand, if you are a fan of halwa just like me, then try our dudhi halwa & gajar halwa made with condensed milk (No Sugar).
Ingredients of Milk Powder Condensed Milk
The name itself suggests it has milk powder in it. But wait, along with milk powder, you need sugar which will caramelise & give the exact texture & colour. Let’s refer to them one-by-one.
Use full-fat milk instead of cow milk. It is because cow milk takes a long time to thicken, and the yield is less. On the contrary, full-fat milk has less percentage of water and yield is more. Pro tip – If you are using cow milk, then add milk cream, aka malai.
I have used regular milk powder bought from the supermarket. Nestle, Amul, Sumul are prominent brands manufacturing milk powder. You are free to use any of them, whichever suits you. The milk powder I have used is light greenish packed in a green sachet. I guess it’s Amuliya by Amul.
Milk powder has a sweet taste hence the quantity of sugar is less. The purpose of using sugar is to caramelise it so that you get a soft chocolate colour. This way, your homemade condensed milk will match the one sold in the grocery stores.
I have used ghee to grease the pan so that the milk doesn’t burn. Although if you don’t pay attention, then no matter what, your milk will burn. Hence, grease the pan thoroughly. Put on the flame after pouring milk & not before that. If you heat the pan after greasing, the ghee will melt immediately.
The Process of Making Condensed Milk
The process is quite lengthy but straightforward. The only thing that you need to take care of is the milk must not burn. For this reason, you need to stir continuously.
The process involves simmering milk, milk powder and sugar on low to high flame. You have to do this until the milk thickens.
Once it cools, it will be ready to use. The good news is this milk powder condensed milk will last for weeks in the fridge.
This condensed milk of yours can be stored for a long time, provided if you store it in a glass container. Additionally, please keep it in the refrigerator. Do not store it in desi style. I mean in a steel bowl with a plate cover on it. Don’t do that.
Use a glass jar with an airtight lid. It will keep your milk powder condensed milk consumable for a long time.