Theratipal is an integral part of Tamil Brahmin festivals. You can safely call it the mother of all “Tam Brahm” sweets:)The rich color, texture and inviting smell makes this a favorite sweet for many. It is very simple to make this dessert but you need a ton of patience as it involves keeping a close watch and stirring for at least an hour. It is worth every minute of your time if you don’t have access to Aavin or Grand sweets or good quality theratipal close to where you live.
1/2 gallon or about 2 litres whole(full fat) milk
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ghee/clarified butter
1.Take a non stick saucepan big enough to hold 1/2 gallon of milk.
2. Heat milk in high setting and let it boil.
3. Once the milk boils, add the lemon juice and reduce the heat to medium.
4. The milk will slowly start to thicken. Stir once in a while to avoid milk sticking to the bottom and sides of the vessel.
5. Once the milk has reduced to half its quantity, add sugar and stir well. The heat will slowly caramelize the sugar and will give the theratipal its golden color.
6. Keep stirring the milk once in a while. In about 1.5 hours, the milk/sugar mixture will thicken to a semi solid consistency. Keep the heat on till all the water evaporates.
7. Add a tspoon of ghee in the end to scrape off the theratipal from the vessel.