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Chocolate Peda

Kids love chocolate and when you mix milk contents with chocolate it is one of those best combinations that kids would crave for, anytime. Chocolate peda is an indian sweet made out of homemade khoya or mawa mixed with cocoa powder to get that chocolaty flavour. Ofcourse, some sugar goes into the recipe to give little bit more of sweetness though you use sweetened cocoa powder. Because, the sweetness would not suffice from the cocoa powder itself.





You can optionally top the chocolate pedas with any nuts like pistachios, cashews, almonds or walnuts. I used chopped pistachios for decorating the chocolate pedas as the green color of pistachios contrasts the brown color of the chocolate pedas. Let's see how to make chocolate peda at home using khoya or mawa. You can check here to know more about khoya or mawa and its making process.

Ingredients:

1 cup of khoya
2 tsp of sweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup condensed milk
2 tbsp whole milk
2 tbsp sugar
few saffron strands
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp ghee/clarified butter





How to make chocolate peda:

1. Take a bowl with 2 tbsp of whole milk and add saffron strands. Mix it once. Let it stand for 10 minutes.



2. Heat a non-stick pan, add condensed milk, homemade khoya, sugar, saffron milk, cardamom powder and a tsp of ghee.



 

 

3. Mix the contents of pan and stir continously on medium flame.





4. In about 4-5 minutes, the contents would form a thick mass and it all comes together.





5. Once you see a smooth mass of khoya, condensed milk and other ingredients, switch off the flame.



6. The khoya mixture tends to thicken as it cools down.



7. To that khoya mixture add sweetened cocoa powder.





8. Knead it to a smooth dough.



9. Make small round balls out of it.



10. Grease your palm with some ghee/clarified butter. Flatten each of the ball with you palm.



11. Using your thump make a small dent at the centre.





12. Add some chopped nuts like pistachios, almonds, walnuts or cashews to the centre of the chocolate peda.



13. Woaa! Chocolate pedas are ready :) I have used the least amount of ghee while making the pedas and hence you would not see a smooth texture of the pedas.



If you are ok with adding more ghee, then the pedas would definitely shine more and be smooth in texture.



14. Keep them refrigerated and finish it off within 2-3 days. As it is made out of milk, it does not stay good beyond 3 days.

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