Pedas are basically an Indian milk fudge, prepared from mava/khoya ( milk solids) and sugar, mostly flavored with cardamom. There are so many different kind of pedas such as malai peda, chocolate peda, mango peda, mawa peda, Mathura peda so forth and so on. Basically you can add your own flavors and make your own unique flavored peda.
I can never get enough of these. If I eat one, I know I’m going to gobble up more. They are so addictive and my big sweet tooth can never get enough of these Indian milk sweets. Seriously yum!! Pedas are often prepared during various festivals in India, on auspicious occasions, during weddings, and sometimes these sweet treats are distributed to family, friends and neighbors by kid’s parents upon achieving success and reaching milestones in school/college or upon the birth of a newborn. It’s simply a really nice and sweet gesture of sharing your happiness with everyone.
Most Indian sweets use khoya/mava as the core ingredient. Making mava at home the traditional way, is a rather lengthy and painstaking procedure. There are many ways of making it in few minutes using the microwave. You could easily find a lot of quick recipes on the web to make mava the easier way. I simply used this ready made milk-mava powder which I purchased from the Indian grocery store and it works great. The end product is just like the ones you would get at a sweet mart in India 🙂 You could use regular khoya too, simply grate it ( let it thaw if frozen) and follow the recipe.
Enjoy these yummy, homemade pedas this festive season 🙂
Ingredients: Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml
1 & 3/4 cup of milk-mava powder or 100 grams khoya (grated or crushed)
3/4 cup of whole milk
6 tablespoons of sugar, adjust as per desired sweetness
1 tablespoon warm milk
12-15 strands of saffron
1 tablespoon ghee
3/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder
1.Soak saffron strands in 1 tablespoon of luke warm milk for about 20 minutes.
2.Heat ghee in a non stick pan. Once the ghee is warm, add in the milk, mava powder, saffron infused milk, sugar & stir continuously to break any lumps.
3.The mixture will start bubbling. Keep stirring and scraping the sides to prevent the milk mixture from sticking at the bottom of the pan.
4.When most of the moisture is lost, add in the cardamom powder.Mix well.
5.After another 5-7 minutes, the mixture will almost form a dough . Pinch a small mixture and roll between your fingers to see if you can form a round smooth ball. be careful as the mixture is very hot. If you can form a ball, then switch of the heat, transfer the dough to a plate.If the mixture is still sticky then continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes on low heat. Once it is warm enough to handle, make pedas with greased hand. I used a fondant mould to create the flower shape.
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*Recipe loosely adapted from here