Sunday, October 26, 2008

Microwave Pedha

I was astonished to see that my friend, R made the pedhas at home. But necessity is the mother of invention. We don't get good quality mithai here. Back in India, there are so many halwais that it is really not necessary to make pedhas at home. When Mathura is there, why do you fear?:-D

But I was even more astonished when R shared the recipe. It was made in the microwave in 5 minutes using readily available supermarket ingredients. Now let me tell you one thing. Like all microwave recipes, this recipe has to be followed really well. Because R shared this recipe and even demonstrated in front of a group of enthusiastic girls. but the recipe worked extremely well for half and not so well for the remaining half. I do not know the reason. For some girls, it resulted into chewy pedhas. So try at your own risk.

Happy Diwali!!

Microwave Pedha - makes about 24
Ingredients
3/4 stick sweet cream, unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup milk powder
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
5 cardamoms, peeled, crushed
few strands of saffron

Garnish
charoli or almond slivers

Method
1. Melt the butter by placing it in a microwave safe container. Microwave for 30 seconds or more till butter is melted.
2. Add dry milk powder, sweetened condensed milk, nutmeg, cardamom powders and saffron.
3. Microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Take out. Mix well. Microwave for 1 minute
5. Take out. Mix well. Microwave again for 1 minute.
6. Take out. Mix. Let it cool down.
7. Knead with your hands when it is warm.
8. Roll into pedhas of desired sizes. Flatten the pedhas.
9. Garnish with charoli or almonds on top.

Note -
1. Microwave cooking time varies for each microwave. Please use your own judgement.
2. Make sure that microwave container is deep as the condensed milk mixture tends to boil.

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