Chocolate Dipped Milk Peda

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Instant Milk Peda dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pistachios. So easy and festive!

milk peda

My dad and brothers went back to India this week. The house is so quite, it always feels so empty when family leaves, yeah after a while you get used to it but for few days it feels really lonely. Good thing I have so much work, like I am literally drowning in work so that’s keeping me busy. I have realized that its very important to stay busy especially after I lost mom, it became all the more important to keep myself occupied. Otherwise when you have no work, your mind just keeps going to that thing again and again and it becomes very tough to deal with it after a point.

This is the festive season in India, all I see on social media these days is sweets and celebrations. Yesterday, I was remembering how me and mom would go Diwali shopping every year. She would take me to all these small bazaars (markets) and mela (fair) and we would buy so much stuff for home decor and for making rangoli and of course lots of candles and diyas to light up the house. Now, all I have is memories.

We would also make some homemade snacks and sweets. Mostly snacks actually because there were always too many sweet packets from the outside so we focused on making snacks like namak pare and dal samosa. How I wish that time could come back. While I am not making much this year since I am not celebrating, I made these Instant Milk Pedas to share with you guys. These are not your traditional peads, they are instant and also dipped in chocolate.

I have very fond memories of eating my grandmother’s handmade peda, they were seriously the best. This year when I was in India, I asked her to teach me how to make them and she did and it took us hours! Yes they tasted great but my hands just gave up after a point. Now I have a new found respect for people who make peda the traditional way. To make my nani’s style peda, you have to cook the milk till just solids remains, add sugar, cardamom (optional) and you are done. Yeah only 2 ingredients but to reduce the milk to solids needs so much time and effort.

So what do you do if you want to eat peda and don’t want to slog in the kitchen? Make Instant Milk Pedas! Now, I won’t lie, nothing can beat the real deal. The traditional pedas are the best but when you have no time, these milk pedas would do just fine. You make these using milk powder and condensed milk and they get done in 10 minutes. Yeah, so easy and taste amazing! While the milk pedas are good on their own, I dipped them in some chocolate and garnished with chopped pistachios to make them look festive and perfect for Diwali.

 

Method

To a pan on medium heat add 2 teaspoons ghee and condensed milk and mix till slightly heated. Remove pan from heat.

Add milk powder and stir to combine. Place the pan back on stove top and reduce heat to low.

Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and mix to combine.

Keep cooking the mixture on low heat till it leaves sides of the pan, around 5-6 minutes. You can see in the pictures the different stages of the peda mixture. Don’t over cook else peda will turn hard and chewy.  Add 1 teaspoon ghee now and remove pan from heat.

Let the mixture cool slightly. Take a small portion from the dough and roll to form a round ball.

Flatted it slightly with your palm. Repeat till the dough is finished, you will get around 15 pedas.

Meanwhile melt heavy cream and chocolate chips in a microwave or on a stove top using the double boiler method.

Once the chocolate melts remove pan from heat. While using the double boiler method, remember to always keep the heat to medium-low.

Dip the prepared pedas (which should be slightly cold by now) into the chocolate ganache.

Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Let the ganache set and then enjoy the pedas! These milk pedas might be little chewy at first but they will become softer later.

* Always keep the heat low while cooking the peda mixture else it will burn.

* You may skip the nutmeg powder.

Chocolate Dipped Milk Peda

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Serves: 15 pedas

Milk peda dipped in chocolate ganache are quick, delicious and perfect for Diwali festivities!
Ingredients
  • 3 teaspoons ghee, divided
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk [14 oz/396 grams]
  • 1.5 cups milk powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • generous pinch of nutmeg powder
Chocolate ganache
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (around ⅓ cup)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
chopped pistachios, to garnish
    Instructions
    1. To a pan on medium heat add 2 teaspoons ghee and condensed milk and mix till slightly heated. Remove pan from heat.
    2. Add milk powder and stir to combine. Place the pan back on stove top and reduce heat to low.
    3. Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and mix to combine.
    4. Keep cooking the mixture on low heat till it leaves sides of the pan, around 5-6 minutes. [see pictures above for different stages of the peda mixture]. Don't over cook else peda will turn hard and chewy.
    5. Add 1 teaspoon ghee now and remove pan from heat.
    6. Let the mixture cool slightly. Take a small portion from the dough and roll to form a round ball.
    7. Flatted it slightly with your palm. Repeat till the dough is finished, you will get around 15 pedas.
    8. Meanwhile melt heavy cream and chocolate chips in a microwave or on a stove top using the double boiler method.
    9. Once the chocolate melts remove pan from heat. While using the double boiler method, remember to always keep the heat to medium-low.
    10. Dip the prepared pedas (which should be slightly cold by now) into the chocolate ganache.
    11. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
    12. Let the ganache set and then enjoy these instant milk pedas!

    Chocolate Dipped Milk Peda

    15 thoughts on “Chocolate Dipped Milk Peda

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to travel back to India with your father and brothers, but I’m sure it’s also nice to have a quiet house again. 🙂 Plus, food is amazing how it connects us with family and memories…even if it’s on the other side of the world. I’m not familiar with peda, but these do sound amazing!

      1. Thanks David! quite house is nice for extra work..haha..so yeah now I can work long hours so that’s a plus! Peda is an Indian sweet made with milk and sugar!

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