Coming out of the royal kitchen of Mysore kings, Mysore Pak has lured the taste buds of many to earn global recognition and make India’s rich culinary heritage shine.
Taste Atlas has announced its Top 50 list of the world’s best street food sweets and Mysore Pak of Karnataka has been ranked 14th with a rating of 4.4. Apart from Mysore Pak, Kulfi, the traditional Indian ice cream, and Kulfi Falooda are the other 2 Indian desserts on the prestigious list.
As far as sweets are concerned, Karnataka has many specialties, yet Mysore Pak has carved a niche for itself in the international sweets market and is a shining example of the rich culinary heritage of India.
About 90 years ago, Madappa, the royal chef in the Wodeyar kingdom of Mysuru invented the dish in a jiffy upon noticing that there was no dessert or sweet dish on the plate when the then-king Krishna Raja Wadiyar sat for dinner. He prepared a mixture of sugar-ghee-peanut flour and created Mysore Pak which was highly praised by the Maharaja and named Mysore (place) and Pak (sweet).
Shivananda, the grandson of Tatsar Madappa, the man who invented Mysore Pak, said, “It’s a proud thing for every Kannadiga, especially for Mysoreans. It’s also great news for every Indian. Mysore Pak was invented during King Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and we are continuing the same sweetness, trend, and tradition.”
DK Shivakumar, the deputy chief minister of Karnataka tweeted to share his happiness over Mysore Pak being named among the world’s best street food sweets. He credited the hard work and skill of millions of chefs behind Mysore Pak’s much-acclaimed status as India’s best street food sweet.