Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Delicious Kesar Pedhas (Delights of Blogging)

Homemade Pedha

Hi all ! Hmmm ... I must say I was a bit disappointed to see only one comment to my Mango Moods post. I am  sure though that many of you have read it and are also giving  a good thought to what you can make and send in . So do that people and send in as many entries as you like . Let me tell you entries have actually started trickling in. So I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyway let me get back to this post because this too is  a special post. I call it my "Delights of Blogging" kind of post and that's because it is a recipe I have followed from someone else's blog and has turned out delightfully well. All the credit for this recipe  goes to Ramya of Foodie Catalog. Thankyou Ramya for this awesome recipe I have always been on the lookout for a good recipe for Pedhas. I just love Pedhas and always wanted to make some at home especially as the ones we get here in UK come nowhere near the ones I am used to eating in Pune. So when I saw Ramya's recipe and her photos I just had to make some. I barely managed to wait until I could go out and buy some condensed milk.

The verdict on the Pedhas?  SUPERB !! Simply Superb!! They taste  so fresh and delicious. I shared some with a couple of friends and they were full of praise. One of them even said that had I not told him that they were homemade he would never have known. So there you are.

Now me being me I had to tweak the recipe a little, for the usual reason of not having one or the other ingredient at home . This time it was the butter. I did not have any, so I used ghee. That's it .

Ingredients:

Milk Powder – 2 cups

Condensed Milk – 1 can (14 OZ)

Ghee – ½ cup

Saffron – few strands

Water – 2 tsps

A pinch of salt

For decoration I used  milk masala , which is nothing but a combo of crushed pistachios, almonds, cardammom and saffron

Method:

1.Take a large wide mouthed microwave safe bowl and heat the ghee just until it melts.

2.Now add both the condensed milk and milk powder and microwave on full power  for 4 –5 mins stirring after every minute.

3.Heat water and add saffron. Mix with the dough and microwave again for another 4 to 5  more mins. The mixture kind of begins to thicken and also rise up . Be very careful when microwaving the hot mixture. Do not forget to stir frequently.

4.Cool the mixture  for a good 10 mins until it  is warm enough for you to handle . It get's the consistency of  chapati dough.

5. Now roll the pedhas. If tyou do this while the dough is still warm the Pedhas will roll into smooth balls. Give the pedhas a slight dent in the centre so that they look like the shop bought ones. Sprinkle with my suggested milk masala or any other dry fruit of your choice.

These Pedhas taste even better the next day. After a day or two store them in the fridge so they keep longer. Just microwave as  many as you want for 5 secs before eating or serving and they will taste fresh again. Next time you have a Pooja at your place amaze your guests with this Prasad.

23 comments:

Swarnavalli Suresh said...

wow Keasr Peda is my favourite.. loks delicious!!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Good one Anupama, one of my very good friend makes these (in the same method) and I learnt it from her. They are super tasty.

chakhlere said...

Lovely...never made Kesar Pedha at home. Looks very yummy

Surekha said...

Hi,

This looks really good. Could you please let me know which milk powder are you using? Which brand etc?

zobars said...

I make it with ricotta cheese and milk powder and on a stove top. This recipe I must try as well.

Anupama said...

Surekha,
Unfortunately I do not have the pacakaging , and i cannot remember the brand name of the milk powder I bought. But I know it is whole-milk powder, not the skimmed one, and secondly I bought it from my Indian store not from a supermarket.

Cooking Foodie said...

Hi Anupama,

Thank you for your nice comments on my blog :) Any cahnce you can get the Parmesan recipe?

You have a wonderful blog here. I have already bookmarked a dozen recipes to make. Pedas look gorgeous - just like store bought or maybe even better.

Keep visiting the blog...

shanthi said...

Fantastic and lovely click. Do visit my blog when time permits.http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com/

Anupama said...

Cooking Foodie,
Of course I can get the recipe. In fact i was going to ask her for it. I'll be meeting her very soon at work and will ask her for it.

Khaugiri said...

lovely pedha and awesome colour dear!!!!

deepti said...

First time 2 ur Wonderful Blog with a Good collection of recipes...
Keep up with the good work...
Do visit Panchamrutham at ur leisure
regards
deepti

Varunavi said...

Looks good,will do for the kids as i am having milk powder which is nearing expiry

Parita said...

Wow! Pedas look awesome!

Bhavana said...

awesome...easy recipe and one of my very fav deserts :)...will surely try it asap
thanks A
B

bed frames said...

This one looks so delicious! I missed my mother! She loves making this.

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.. mouth watering pedhas.. looks perfect and inviting.. nice blog!!

greencook said...

hi... love your site, have subscribed to it by RSS so I don't miss any entries! loved the pedha recipe and can't wait to try it out; sadly I do not have a microwave, could you please suggest an alternate step at that point? Thanks!

Anupama said...

Hi Greencook,
The alternative method will have to be cooking the mixture in a heavy bottom pan on the hob. It will take longer as you will have to keep the heat low to medium and ofcourse keep stirring the mixture very frequently so it doesn't stick.

divya said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.. mouth watering pedhas.. looks perfect and inviting.

Anonymous said...

ghee shd be melted one or soft one? becos i tried this recipe but it was too oily and taste was very nice.

Smita said...

Wow anupama, I never even gave a thought to making pedas at home. The saffron pedas look inviting. Will definitely try.

Do visit spoonsandladles whenever you can.

Smita

Saffron said...
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Kesar said...

buy best quality saffron at your door step. kesar is good for health and this best for pregnant women for his child. kesar is Indian name of saffron.