Ala Dosi


  • 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) Sugar 
  • 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) Milk
  • 1 x 410g can sweetened condensed Milk 
  • 125g butter
  • 240 ml (1 cup) cooked mashed Potato
  • 240 ml (1 cup) finely chopped Cashew nuts
  • 2 Tbsp rose water
  • 1 tsp ground Cardamom


  1. Put sugar, milk, condensed milk and butter into a large heavy saucepan.  
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches soft-ball stage (To test for soft-ball stage, drop a little into a cup of ice cold water.  If it is firm enough to be molded into a soft ball then it has reached the required temp. of 116 degrees Celsius).
  3. Remove from heat, add smoothly mashed potato and beat with a rotary beater until all lumps are beaten out.
  4. Return to heat and cook to soft-ball stage once more.  
  5. Remove from heat, stir in nuts, rose water and cardamom & mix well.  
  6. Pour into a well buttered shallow dish or baking tin.
  7. Press lightly with a piece of buttered banana leaf or aluminum foil to smoothen and flatten the surface.
  8. Allow to cool and set, then cut into diamond shapes.