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Sunday, November 4, 2012


Diwali brings along with itself immense joy and celebrations. It is a day to burst crackers, decorate the home with bandawars and diyas and feast with all the near and dear ones. People in different parts of the country make different kinds of sweet dishes on festive occasions out of which Kheer, Jalebi, Sheera, Ladoo and Peda are the most common sweets. Peda, a scrumptious white khoya recipe is generally loved by everybody. It is not even very difficult to make. So if you want to try some sweet recipe, you can try the Peda recipe given below.

Peda Recipe

  • 1/2 kg. Soft white khoya
  • 2 1/2 cups (approx.300gms) sugar powdered
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp. cardamom seeds semi crushed
  • 1 tbsp. slivered or crushed pistachios
  • Grate khoya with a steel (not iron) grater.Add powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Put mixture in a large heavy or nonstick pan. Heat first on high for few minutes.The on slow till done.
  • Make sure to stir continuously, while on heat. When mixture thick and gooey, add cardamom.
  • Mix well, and take off fire. Allow to cool, gently turning occasionall
  • Use cookie moulds, or shape pedas with palms into patty rounds.
  • Mix pistachios and cardamom seeds and press a bit on top of each.
  • If using moulds, first sprinkle some at bottom. Take some mixture and press into mould. When set well, invert and carefully, unmould.
Given above is the basic recipe. Any color (yellow, orange, green, cochineal), essence (pineapple, orange, pista, chocolate), topping (almonds, walnuts, cashews), can be added to the recipe. You can also add any of following for varied flavors: cashew powder 1/2 cup, cocoa 2 tbsp (then increase sugar by 1/2 cup), walnuts powdered 1/2 cup, etc.

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