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 .
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
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.