If you’re looking for something sweet and yummy, then this peda recipe is for you. It is a favorite amongst many folks and ranks at the top for sweet fudge-like flavors that will please your sweet tooth. Some recipes call for condensed milk, and others powdered milk and sugar.
Like many treats in India and good food alike, families celebrate these treats and share them during various festivals like Holi, Diwali, Rakshwan Bandhan and lots more.
Without further ado, let’s check out more about this delicious treat so that you can make it the next time you have guests over or celebrate a festival.
What Is Peda?
Before we get into how to make peda, let’s briefly talk about what it is and how it came about being one of the favorites in India.
Peda originated in Mathura Utta Pradesh India, during the 1850s and travelled to Karnataka, which was known as Dharwad back then.
The name “peda” derives from the word that used to mean “sphere.” The name is fitting because it is a dough-like spherical sweet. Similar to burfi, peda also has milk as one of the main ingredients and a fudge-like texture.
Pedas are also sometimes used in religious services; and, as mentioned, eaten during festivals and other iconic celebrations too. People will also gift a box of it on special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and for new babies on the way, as well as much more.
How To Make Peda as a chocolate version
- The great thing about it is that you can custom-make it the exact way you like. If you love chocolate, there’s even the chocolate version that you’ll find pretty easy to make as well.
Make An Easy Instant Peda Recipe (microwave version) For Blitz Results
- This peda recipe is straightforward and only uses five ingredients.
- Condensed milk
- Milk powder (full-cream) “mava”
The cardamom and saffron are specifically for flavoring the sweets; but, you could add other flavors if you like. Some people prefer only using cardamom for their peda.
- Melt the butter for a few seconds
- Add some milk powder
- Add the condensed milk. Mix really well
- Heat up milk and saffron in a bowl for a short time. You’ll notice the saffron flavor come through and the color.
- Microwave the peda for 1 minute and stir
- Microwave again
- Add the saffron-infused milk and also cardamom seeds
- Mix again
- Then cook the mixture for another minute
- Mix the batter to form a dough and use ghee to help avoid the stickiness
- Shape the peda
- If you have a peda stamp, add that to the final product.
You can store it in the refrigerator for maximum of three days. The total cook time for most peda recipes is 10 to 15 minutes on the clock.
How To Make Peda On The Stove Top
Mix all the above ingredients (condensed milk, milk powder and butter), Not the cardamom and saffron, yet
- Cook it on medium heat in the pan for about 10 minutes
- Even if you’re using a non-stick pan, rather continuously stir the ingredients
- After mixing, remove the pan so that it can cool down some more
- Once this pan made peda has cooled, you can proceed to shape it and stamp it with a peda stamp
Nutritional Value Aspects For Peda Recipe
Nutritional value varies based on individual recipes. Hence they’re not all the same. Still, here’s a sample of typical nutritional value:
- Calories 187
- Carbohydrates 19g
- Protein 6.8g
- Sodium 87mg
- Sugar 18.2g
- Cholesterol 35mg
- Fat 6.1g
- Vitamin C
Simple Tips To Help Get A Better Peda
There are always ways to improve a recipe and taste great and look perfect. With the peda there are some things you could do when making it.
Ensure that you use a full fat or full cream milk
Full cream milk is essential as it adds to the smooth texture and full milk flavor that you’ll get with peda.
When it comes to rushing for ingredients or simply not having the time to prep everything from scratch, you could substitute some ingredients. For example, get store-bought khova.
Everything looks much prettier with a topping of choice. Add some signature topics where you want. For example, you enjoy dates, you could add a cut date on each peda.
Nuts or seeds are an option, too though you’ll notice many pedas contain a nutty topping of some sort like pistachios or almonds. You can also go with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Use a non-stick or heavy base pan
Using a non-stick pan will help reduce the contents from getting stuck to the pan. When making peda, it’s done on low heat and can burn or change color, so using non-stick or a heavy pan works better.
Sticky peda happens when the mixture is undercooked. If you’ve taken the mixture off the heat too soon, it might fall flat. You should try adding it back into the pan on low heat and cook it some more for about two to three minutes.
Most peda recipe has saffron and cardamom as flavoring. You could also add cocoa into your mixture to give it a chocolate flavor. There’s also vanilla pods you could use or a bit of vanilla extract to add that bit of flavor.
You could store it in an air sealed container for about 2 to 5 days if you store it in a refrigerator.
Condensed milk is very sweet, for a less sweet, skip condensed milk and only use powdered milk and fresh milk.
Yes, just like variations of burfi is made with milk powder, one of several.
There are many different types. Some include, but are not limited to, malai, khoya, diabetic-friendly and more.
The amount of calories in it differ from one recipe to the next but there are usually around 133 calories.
Conclusion To Peda Sweets
It is delicious and easy to make. As you’ve already seen, it doesn’t take much effort and time to create a delicious and very sweet, melt-in-your-mouth treat. If you haven’t made it before, now’s the time to get practicing. You could enjoy this treat at home or with family and friends to celebrate special festivals and religious gatherings.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Try it today.