Peda is a traditional sweet made with condensed milk (khoa). This is a sweet that’s distributed to family and friends to celebrate special occasions.
You need to make the khoa beforehand for making peda, or you can use store-bought khoa.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes (if using ready-made khoa)
- 1 cup khoa or (if making khoa from scratch, 1 quart whole milk or 1 quart half and-half)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp chopped pistacios, almond, and cashews for garnish
To make the khoa
- In a wide, heavy-bottomed skillet or pan, bring the milk to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium, and cook the milk, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent the milk from sticking and burning.
- Continue to cook down until the milk becomes a thick mass, and starts coming off the sides of the pan.
- Remove from heat, and let cool. As the khoa cools, it firms up and becomes like a soft dough.
To make the peda
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, add the khoa, sugar, and cardamom powder, and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, stirring constantly.
- When the khoa starts coming off the sides off the pan, (about 12-15 minutes) remove and spread the peda evenly on a plate to a 1/4-inch thickness, garnish with chopped nuts and let cool.
- Cut the peda into 1-inch squares and serve at room temperature.
Wrap the remaining peda in plastic and store in the refrigerator to keep fresh for about a week.
Category: Sweets and Desserts