Looking of a dessert for your Independence day party – here it is Tri colored Milk peda recipe. A popular Indian sweet prepared during festive season. Milk peda also referred to as doodh peda is traditionally made with mawa and flavored with cardamoms and nuts. In this recipe I have prepared mawa using ricotta cheese. Ricotta cheese is cooked until all the liquid dries up and all that is left is a ball of thick cheese a.k.a. Mawa/Khoya.
Follow this simple Milk Peda Recipe where ricotta cheese turned mawa is combined with milk powder, sugar and is flavored with cardamom and saffron to form this soft pedas. Since my theme was Independence day I chose to color my pedas using saffron mixed with warm milk and orange color. Same way for the green color I flavored the pedas with pista paste and green color. These pedas are always a hit at a social gathering and will melt away in your mouth.
Before adding milk powder and sugar to mawa (prepared with ricotta cheese) make sure it is completely cold or else the mixture will get runny and difficult to handle. While kneading the peda dough if it sticks to your hand apply some ghee and knead the dough. This is a very adjusting recipe. If in case you need to add more milk powder, feel free to do so and adjust the sugar level.
1-2teaspoonMilk(use only if the peda dough feels dry)
2tablespoonMixed nuts - crushed pistachios and almonds(to garnish)
FOR TRI COLORED PEDAS
2tablespoonCrushed Pistachios(for green color)
Apinch ofGreen food color
Apinch ofOrange food color
CHANGE SERVING SIZE: PIECES
PREPARING MILK PEDA
Assemble ricotta cheese and unsalted butter. Heat a heavy bottom pan.
Stir in ricotta cheese and add unsalted butter/ghee to it. Reduce heat to the LOWEST setting. Mix and keep stirring to avoid ricotta cheese sticking to the bottom of the pan. Soon ricotta cheese will be all watery and soupy.
Keep stirring till all the liquid from the ricotta cheese is evaporated and all that is left is a ball of dough. The whole process will take 20 -22 minutes.
Make sure that mawa feels all dry and has no water in it.
To check that, take some dry ricotta cheese (mawa) in your hand and squeeze it tight. If it takes the shape of your hand and is smooth, then mawa is ready.
Assemble rest of the ingredients.
Allow mawa/ ricotta cheese to cool down and add it to a big plate or bowl.
Mix in milk powder..
Knead the peda dough till it's smooth and forms a dough. At this point check the sugar and adjust according to taste. If while kneading the dough feels sticky apply some ghee or butter to your hands and knead the dough.
Once the peda dough is ready - time to shape them.
Spread out the dough and using a cookie cutter or small katori cut it into a round ball.
Using a toothpick start designing them - as shown in the picture. Sprinkle cardamom powder, nuts and peda is ready.
TRICK 2 - Take peda dough in your hand, work it between your palms and shape them into a round ball, flatten them out and using your finger tips round up the peda edges. Design it with a toothpick and enjoy.
Other ways to design pedas - use a pen cover, fork, anything that had a design - just press it over the pedas and BINGO!!
Let your imagination run wild on this one.
Pedas are ready to enjoy!!
MAKING TRI COLORED PEDAS
I plan to color the pedas. So I have chosen milk + saffron and a drop of orange color for saffron color. For green color I have chosen pista paste + a drop of green color and for white peda I have chosen just cardamom powder to sprinkle on top.
For pista paste - I have added crushed pista to a grinder, added 2 tablespoon of water and grounded it to a smooth paste.
Divide dough into equal parts.
Keep one dough white, add pista paste + food color to second one and knead them.
Saffron mixed with warm milk + food color to third one and knead them.
Tri colored peda dough is ready.
Flatten the dough.
Using a small katori or cookie cutter, cut peda pieces. If peda dough feels dry then sprinkle some milk and try shaping them.