Srivilliputhur in south Tamil Nadu maybe a small town, but the quantity of milk it produces and the different versions of palkova sold here are anything but insignificant. Ananda Palkova’s slices of white paradise owe their wholesome goodness to the unadulterated, fresh cow’s milk they rise out of.
The main ingredient of this melt-in-the-mouth sweet is churned every morning by cows in the panchayat town of Sundarapandiam, 15 kilometres from Srivilliputhur. S.K.S. Rajagopal begins his day, with pails in hand, visiting the farms around his house and milking the cattle. Then, along with his wife, he boils, stirs and cools the milk to make the delicious dessert sold under the name of Ananda Pal Gova. Like many of his neighbours, Rajagopal was a master weaver in Sundarapandiam, before he turned sweetmaker. His skilled hands, adept at making fabric, now work patiently to carve out one irresistible sliver of temptation after another.