Peda

Milk Pedas are a popular Indian sweet which is sold widely in karnataka. During my initial work stint, my bangalore friends used to bring these pedas whenever they visit their hometown. First time, i tried it and liked it very much. They are absolutely delicious and not of much sweetness too.



Pedas are made out of condensed milk and khoya/mawa. You can check the link here to see how to make khoya at home. These pedas are optionally topped with dry nuts, chopped or whole nuts. I would strongly recommend you to give a try to taste the milk pedas if at you happen to visit Bangalore. Let's quickly see how to make these amazing pedas.



A slight variation to the regular pedas is the chocolate version wherein, cocoa powder (sweetened) is added to the peda dough and then shaped into small disc shaped pedas. No one can deny chocolates, atleast to my knowledge - who will say no to these chocolate pedas!




Ingredients:

1 cup of khoya
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
1/4 cup of chopped nuts or whole nuts of your choice. Pistachios or cashews or almonds or walnuts could be used or a mix of all works too!






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. Once the dough cools down, knead it to a smooth dough. Grease your palm with little bit of ghee/clarified butter and make small round balls out of the dough.



8. Flatten each of the ball with you palm.



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



 

 10. Similarly make the pedas with remaining dough.



11. Place the chopped nuts of your choice, i used pistachios and press it gently once.



 12. Tada! Milk 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.




 13. I made another batch of chocolate pedas too!



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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