3 Minute Sweet Dish for Diwali – Peda:
I have been making this sweet dish since a few years now. Every single time my guests/friends have asked me for the recipe. It is so simple yet tastes so authentic. One can easily make a large batch to feed and impress a crowd.
This is a recipe prepared using microwave. I prefer making quick, simple, easy to master recipes especially when it comes to sweets and desserts…well who doesn’t?!
I had written the recipe down in my diary after watching a couple of videos on youtube. Although butter has been used in the original recipe, I have used ghee (clarified butter) since ghee is readily available in any Indian household. However, in the recipe details mentioned here , I have given the measurement for butter too.
It only needs 3 ingredients.
full fat milk powder – 1 cup
ghee – 4 tbsp (or butter 4 tbsp)
condensed milk – slightly less than 1/2 a can [about 2 tbsp less ]7 oz of 14oz or 397g tin (I used light sweetened condensed milk)
in a deep microwave safe dish, heat the ghee for 30 sec at 100% power. just enough to melt and not cause it to smoke
now add the milk powder, condensed milk and mix well
microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring it after every 1 minute. the mixture will thicken and also darken in colour slightly
then allow it to cool for about 10 min or until its cool enough to handle
now, tease out small portions and by rolling between your palms make a ball
flatten it slightly, place a piece of chopped almond or pistachio nut
repeat the same with the rest of the mixture
this recipe gives 18-20 small pedas
after 2 minutes of cooking, stir and place it back for 30 seconds, then check to see if its dry enough to form a ball, if it is still wet, microwave for another 30 sec
you can double the amount if you need to serve more people. if you do so then you might need to microwave for another 30 sec or so more to get to a stage where you can make balls
you can also grease your palms slightly with some ghee to make the pedas
there are other ways to prepare pedas too. some are traditional methods while others use microwave. one such other recipe involves using fresh full fat cream and sugar with milk powder. i have tried that method too. the advantage is that you can control the quantity of sugar used, the disadvantage being cream doesn’t have as long a shelf life as condensed milk. so it needs to be planned and bought. i prefer using condensed milk . it did not seem offensively sweet for us nor for any of our friends