Pedas are a wonderful and delicious mithai (sweets) that are very popular and are often served during Diwali. Traditionally, it is made with milk that is cooked and cooked and cooked…till it thickens. It has a smooth and silky texture and it just melts in the mouth. One Peda will never be enough…so here we have a simplified version that is just as tasty and a lot easier to make. Another interesting fact about Pedas – a lot of people distribute sweets (mithai) anytime there is a baby born….so if it is boy, its Pedas and if it is a girl, it’s usually Burfi. But it doesn’t have to be Diwali or you don’t have a birth in the family to enjoy this mithai…..enjoy them anytime with this quick and easy recipe. We have to thank Jyotika Zaver for sharing this fantastic recipe with us.
Makes 40 bite size pedas (approx little bigger than the size of a quarter)
Instant Dry Milk (Milk Powder) – 2 cups (150gm)
Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1, 14oz can (396gm)
Unsalted Butter – 1, 4oz stick (113gm)
- In a microwave safe dish, melt the butter.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, stirring very well after every minute.
- After the 3 minutes, mix well again and leave aside for the mixture to cool down enough to handle.
- Once the mixture has cooled down, grease your hands and make balls.
- Gently press the balls and flatten them to shape…round and flat.
- Decorate them with colored sugar, almonds, cashews, pistachios or raisins.
- Let the pedas set and cool down.
- For a pretty presentation, place them in baking cups and serve.
- Powder some cardamom seeds and add to the mixture for additional flavor.
- Roll out the peda mixture and cut with cookie cutter for some fun shapes.
- For best results, store in the refrigerator but serve at room temperature.
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I can’t imagine what went wrong…we have made this recipe so many times and it’s one of those fool-proof ones! Ghee is the only ingredient that we have never used but frankly, can’t imagine it doing anything like making it sticky.
Sorry, this batch turned out bad but use butter next time and make sure you stir really well after every minute.
Better luck next time round;-)
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I tried the penda yesterday, it came out sticky when you eat it. I must have done something wrong. I did use ghee instead of butter, other than that I did everything like you guys said. Please help!
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I tried these peda s and they tasted just too good. As I stay outside India and my kids love Indian sweets and making peda was a very big task for me but not any more. Thanks to your recipe.
I tried the pedas for Diwali and they came out well.I had cracks in them but tasted well.The final dough had the butter melting from it so was very oily and dripping as I did the pedas.Any tips to avoid it
We use a standard 1 cup US measure which is about 8oz. Hope that helps!
i am gonna try this tommor .. Couple of people have asked for your measurement of 1 cup. And i would like to know that too. But couldnt see your reply to that … I am unable to view your video hence cannot figure out how much milk pwdr u have used. Would appreciate if you could answer this one .. Thanks
We have never seen Carnation Milk Powder come in packets. Make sure that what you have is not Carnation Instant Breakfast or hot cocoa. Our Milk Powder comes in a box with a metal spout for pouring. Local store brands of milk powder work as well. If you do have the right product, just pour out the packets to equal 2 cups.
This looks so easy. I am going to try this today. What is 2 cups of milk powder mean? I got carnation milk powder and inside the carton there were 6 packets. How much of that should i use?Please advice.
I tried out the pedas today on the occassion of Diwali and they turned out to be wonderful. My husband & I just loved it. Thanks a ton for this delicious recipe and yes I have tried out a couple of your other recipes as well and they have been great too..
Thanks to both of you for giving us this wonderful site that we can refer to for almost everything related to cooking.
Wish you a very happy Diwali !!!!
Being a working mom i had very limited time to make diwali sweets. Your peda recipe is absolutely awesome tastewise, and a big life-saver! Infact my kids (boys 6 & 4 yrs) and I did it together…it was such a good start to the diwali spirit.
can i use salted butter?
Hi there, what can be used instead of butter…thanks.
Can you please tell me how much of milk powder in gms are referred as two cups? Or what is the measurement of a cup in general. Thanks
You two are the best! I need to ask a quick question. This Sunday my family and I are having an Aqiqah (celebration for the birth of a baby)and there will be 200 guests attending. Can you tell me how much does this basic recipe yields? And would you be able to advise me on how to prepare enough for so many people? (I want to get this right;)I appreciate your website and feedback.
hi,I tried your Spinach and carrot pilau. It was great.My husband loves pedas and i made it going through your recipe on stove.After making i found cracks above it and from inside it was little sticky. Please suggest.
What a great idea, thanks, Afroza!
A great substitute for a stamp is to use a thread spool. Make sure to clean it before gently pressing it on the top of the pedas.
I tried out this recipe today…It came out really really well…Great work…Deserve a great appreciation 🙂
I topped it with Chocolate chips…It was amazing…
I made these last night for my husband, but I only had one cup of milk powder. My internet was down, so I couldn’t double check. It turned out a little too sweet and softer than they should have been, but my husband still enjoyed them. The particular taste good with dried coconut or almonds on top. 🙂
please microwave settings in watts?
I havent tried yet this recipe…
please specify the ingredients in terms of cups ya gms. thanks for remaining recipes too…
hey hi i made these pedas yesterday they turned out really well, thanx for giving this receipe.
just wanted to know the shelf life of these pedas
You did get the right one, it is granulated and not a smooth powder. Enjoy the pedas!
i went to the store for the milk powder, found the carnation brand in the coffee aisle but when checked its in a granulated form and not as powder, i even checked with other brands all are of same type,can you just confirm if i have bought the correct one or not, can u please reply me ASAP.
Did you use the almond powder as a substitute for the milk powder or did you also use milk powder.
I have used the peda recipe but used 4oz melted ghee instead and added 2oz of finely ground almond powder. turned out lovely.
We have never tried this specific recipe using ghee but it should work fine. Just melt it so it is not solid.
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I only have salted butter and it might alter the taste. I have tons of ghee though. Do you think I could use ghee? Thanks
Thanks for all the great, easy recipes. I have recently started cooking on my own and need all the help I can get. This penda recipe is amazing- My husband was so impressed- of course I didn’t tell him how easy it was!
As long as it tasted good, I won’t worry about the color. Sometimes the brand of the butter makes a difference in the color. I would not change anything if I were you. If it did turn out very white and does not look appetizing, then add a couple of drops of food color or crush some saffron, soak it in very little milk and add it to the mixture.
I tried out the recipe and it came out well, but the texture was more white in color. I did not get the brown color. I added exact quantities mentioned in the video. Should i change any of the ingredients content?
Love your show and thanks.
I love your videos! your recipes are simple and easy. I reallllly hope you add more to the videos especially the desserts. I love them. THANKS 🙂
Can we use even semi-skimmed milk powder for this? Thats the only one we get at our supermarket!!
I tried it again and this time it came out perfectly .
Guess i had more milk powder the first time.
Thanks again for the great recipe.
Sorry, forgot to answer the last part of your question…we use the highest setting (10) for all our microwave cooking unless we specify otherwise.
That could be one of 3 reasons…
-Added too much Powder Milk (so it dried out)
-Did not clean out the can of condensed milk
-try mixing it really well.
The trick for Pedas (and Gulab Jamuns) is to Oil the palm with just a little bit of Oil. Then take a little bit of batter/dough and make a ball, flatten it and then make it into a ball again…sometimes, that helps smooth out the cracks a lot. Hope it helps.
Both Condensed Milk (comes in a can) and Powder Milk (comes in a box/carton) can be bought at any regular grocery store. Look for Condensed Milk in the baking Aisle and the Powder Milk in the Coffee aisle.
I just made these and the texture was of fudge, which i do not remember being like as a kid eating these, but i believe it may because i used a stove top? Unfortunately our microwave is broken at the moment but when we get it replaced i will definately be making it again. My favourite indian sweet of all time. The taste was pretty spot on, just the texture was off, but still satisfying my sweet crave, lol. Thank you for these great recipes i love watching your videos!
All the way from, Australia.
Thanks for the feedback! Yes, the texture of these “short cut” pedas is a little chewy when compared to the original…I don’t think it had anything to do with the cooking method.
Hi, Thanks for the great recipe .
I tried and it came out well. I just had a problem my peda did not have the same smooth look that urs have.
I kept rolling it in rounds but i got a lot of cracks in them. Any tips on how to get smooth round pedas?
Could u also tell me what power setting of microwave are u using?
Hi, i’m so much interested to try your recipe but the thing is, are condensed milk & milk powder found in all normal grocery stores? if so in which section should i have to look for them..??
We used Carnation brand of powder, but you can use any generic brands as well.
Hi I want to try your Peda recipie but am not clear which milk powder you are referring to. I am familiar with Klim and Nido or Carnation . please let me know so I may try this recipie super soon
Hi Anuja n Hetal,
Thank you for your great video recipes. I tried your peda recipe and they came out well. But I did not get the texture that was shown on the video. I used fat free creamer for this recipe. Is it because of that? Please give me the type N brand u used for this recipe and also for the gulab jamun recipe.
I made the Pedas for our neighbours for Christmas and they loved it. Also sent the pedas to my daughter’s school when they talked about Diwali. All the children were asking for the recipe. It is so easy to make and tastes sooo good.
I tried Peda and Cocunut Burfi for my daughter’s birthday and its turned perfect and tested good…Looking forward for more recipes from you. Thanks a lot…
Yes,you can make Pedas on the stove top as well. You need everything to be mixed it well. Make sure you use a heavy-bottomed pan on low to med. heat and keep stirring constantly. You are looking for a very thick consistency kind of like peanut butter.
Can we do it on stove as well?If so how is the procedure?Whats the texture to take it off the fire?
Stove-top doesn’t produce the right texture. The reason the microwave is used is because it creates a great texture. If you cook on the stove-top I feel you stir too much and it causes the mixture to turn gooey. I make burfi in a similar way.
I tried your peda yesterday they turned out PERFECT. my husband and nephew loved it.by the way yesterday was the first time i saw your videos on youtube and I love your other recipes too will try them.
i tried the pedas today n i had reduced the qty to half…so instead of 3 mins i had to microwave it only for 2 mins…similarly if we double the qty the time in microwave will also increase…great recipe..thanks..
I tried out the pedas yesterday.it came out really well n tasted yummmm…thanx a lot…great job n wonderful recipes….keep it up…
I made this today and it turned out really good! Thank you! I look forward to making your other recipes and I also really love your site. Thanks again!
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