Satisfy your sweet cravings with this delicious and melt in your mouth homemade Mathura ke Pede. These pedas are perfect for any festive occasion. Absolutely addictive and yum!
The excitement of festivities have gripped the nation, and everyone seems drenched in a festive spirit. On this occasion, people are busy preparing a wide assortment of sweets and savory snacks.
Same applies to me as well. Diwali fever has caught up with me, and my kitchen is all set to prepare last-minute sweets for the day.
Growing up, Mathura ke Pede was a must-have on a festive occasion. It was something that I always look forward too.
What is Mathura ke Pede or Peda?
Mathura Peda is a traditional Indian sweet made with milk solids (mawa/khoya) and sugar. This classic sweet treat comes from the town of Mathura; the birthplace of Lord Krishna, which is nested in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Hence these sweet delicacies are called ‘Mathura ke pede’. I have never been to Mathura but had the opportunity of tasting these pedas in “Nathdwara, the abode of Lord Krishna.”
A sweet shop in Nathdwara, famous for its delicacies, served these yummy pedas and they are very addictive. Bet you can’t eat just one!
What is so different about Mathura ke pede?
Pedas comes in many forms and flavors but these pedas are –
- irregularly shaped,
- dark brown in color,
- slightly spiced,
- and thinly coated in sugar.
It’s delicious either way – with sugar or without sugar coating.
How to make Mathura ke peda?
For this recipe, the key ingredient is Mawa/khoya and sugar. I have used microwavable mawa made from ricotta cheese.
Mix mawa- sugar together and keep stirring continuously on a low flame. Keep stirring as mawa should not burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. When sugar is added, mawa/khoya will melt completely and become watery.
Keep stirring continuously until the mixture thickens & starts leaving the sides of the pan. It will take full 30 minutes to get a deep rich brown color. Add milk and cook until it forms a smooth, round dough ball.
Set the mixture aside until it is comfortable to touch. Roll it like ladoos or shape it like pedas. Finally, roll in superfine sugar and enjoy. Bet you can’t resist them!
A perfect make-ahead Sweet Treat!
Yes, you can make these peads ahead of time.
They can be made up to 24 hours in advance and still have loads of flavor to them.
Where can I buy Mawa?
You can find mawa at your local Indian grocery stores in the refrigerator section along with the paneer and other things.
If you still can’t find one, try making mawa/khoya at home. Follow this link for a step by step mawa making at home recipe.
If you are thinking of serving these sweets on any potluck or get-togethers, then double the recipe as these pedas will disappear even before you know it!
Hope you like this simple recipe and give it a try. If you happen to make it, then drop me a line below. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.
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Mathura ke Pede
- 1 cup Crumbled Khoya/Mawa
- 4 tablespoon Ghee
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon superfine Sugar
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Eliachi Powder (Cardamon Powder)
- 10-12 pieces of Silvered almonds for garnish
- Assemble all the ingredients. I have used microwavable mawa made from ricotta cheese.
- In a heavy bottomed pan, add mawa..
- Pour in ghee...
- Add sugar and..
- Mix it well. The mixture will become thin and watery.
- No worries.. Keep stirring the mixture until it thickens & starts leaving the sides of the pan.
- After 10 minutes of cooking - mixture will start to change color.
- After 20 minutes of cooking - Mixture will become light brown in color.
- After 30 minutes of cooking - mixture will be grainy and dark brown in color. Add cardamom powder and..
- Add milk...
- Mix it well.
- On a low flame, cook until the mixture forms a ball.
- Set the mixture aside until it is comfortable to touch.
- Take a small ball of mixture in your hands, either flatten it like peda or..
- Shape it like a ladoo.
- Roll it in superfine sugar and..
- Pedas are ready.
- Rolling these pedas in sugar is optional.
- Garnish with silvered almonds and enjoy!!
- Stores well in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.