Mawa or khoya used in preparing desserts or sweets may be adulterated with a number of ingredients like flour, starch, suji or semolina or even blotting paper. There are many harmful ingredients including urea, palm oil or detergent that are added to give a thick and rich texture to mawa. When people consume sweets made from these, they subject themselves to huge health risk. Here in this article, we are sharing how you can check the purity of the mawa before consuming it.
2. Method 1
This is a simple trick to find out if your khoya is adulterated with starch. Put the freshly purchased mawa in some hot water. Allow it to cool and add a little bit of iodine in this solution. If mawa turns blue, then it is adulterated with starch.
3. Method 2
Fresh and unadulterated mawa has an oily and grainy texture. Rub it on your palms to check for sweetness and tartness. If it tastes slightly sweet and leaves your hand greasy then it is adulterated.
4. Method 3
Sulphuric acid is used for checking the presence of certain chemicals like formalin (a harmful preservative used in mortuaries) in mawa. Take mawa in a bowl and add some concentrated sulphuric acid to it. If there is bluish or violet colour in the sample, then it may be adulterated with formalin.
5. Method 4
Another easy method to check adulteration is by adding some sugar in a bowl of mawa. Boil the mixture. If the mixture starts to leave water, then it is adulterated.
6. Method 5
Check the manufacturing date before buying mawa from the market. The shelf life of packaged mawa should not be more than 2 days.
7. Method 6
You can also test the purity of khoya by tasting it. If it taste like raw milk then it is pure, else it’s not.