khoa

Pronunciation: [KOH-ah; KOY-ah]

Also called khawa, mava and mawa, this East Indian dairy product is created by heating and condensing cow's or water buffalo's milk. The milk can be condensed until it reaches a semi-solid state or stopped at a point where the moisture content is higher--each style has different uses. Khoa powder is also available and can be reconstituted with water. Khoa is used in many desserts that call for condensed milk, such as barfi and kulfi. Khoa and khoa powder are available in Indian markets.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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