This “Sweet” is all good milk – made with real milk, milk powder and milk solids (homemade cottage cheese/chenna). I have created it many times – for dessert, gifting or just snacking (sometimes ;)). This recipe has all the goodness of milk and is very tasty…
Recipe Source – Manjula’s Kitchen (I have always followed this recipe – and it has always turned out perfect)
This is what you need:
1 cup homemade cottage cheese (chenna/paneer)
1/3 cup milk powder
1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1-2 tablespoons of pistachios for garnish
This is how you make homemade cottage cheese – Bring 1 litre of whole milk to a boil and add 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice – stir gently and let it curdle – Drain it in a muslin cloth and wash the cheese – removing traces of lemon from it. Remove excess water and set it aside.
This is how you make Peda:
Step 1:Heat the frying pan on medium. Add butter and let it melt.
Step 2:Next add milk, milk powder, and paneer. Mix it well.
Step 3:Cook mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts leaving the sides of the frying pan and becomes like dough. This should take about 12 minutes.
Step 4:Transfer the khoya into a bowl and let it cool off until khoya becomes just lukewarm.
Step 5:Mix the sugar and cardamom powder into the khoya and knead it for about a minute until every thing blends together and become soft dough. Note: if you mix the sugar while khoya is hot that will make pedas soft.
Step 6:Divide the mix into about 20 equal parts and roll them into round balls. Lightly press it down so it looks like small patty.
Step 7:Put few pieces of sliced pistachios on every peda.
Caution: Though this is easy – be “extremely” careful when you are working on preparing the dough with milk,milk powder and cottage cheese. You will have to continuously moderate the heat from high to medium. Do not leave the pan unattended at any time – the mixture will burn quickly if you don’t stir it continuously. So dedicate your time and attention – they will turn out perfect 🙂