This Microwave Cardamom Peda recipe is a life saver when you are crunched for time. They are made instantly and take literally less than 5 minutes! These bite sized instant microwave peda are as delicious, silky and soft as the store bought ones and serve as a great gift idea for family and friends.
Cardamom Peda or the Cardamom Milk Fudge is a classic and very popular dessert made during festive occasions. The ingredients used are less and very simple. Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, nothing else can beat this dessert. If you are crunched for time, then this Microwave Cardamom Peda is your go-to dessert.
Diwali is a big thing for Indians. They have started celebrating Diwali all over the world now. At my work here in California, USA.., we celebrate Diwali too, Indian food is catered, everyone dresses up in traditional Indian attire, there are diyas lighted up .., and generally, there is a festive mood in the air.
And Diwali isn’t complete without making platters and platters full of Indian sweets – gulab jamuns, kaju katlis to pedas. For this year Diwali, I thought of making pedas which taste like bite-sized milk fudges but with a finer and more distinct taste to it.
And, during Diwali, a lot of people distribute sweets (mithai). So if you want to make something sweet for your friends and relatives or even for co-workers at work, this Microwave Cardamom Peda is your go-to option.I usually tend to favor recipes which have condensed milk in it, since, I’m mostly time-crunched and this is why I decided to make these Microwave Cardamom Peda for this year’s Diwali Potluck at our place because it seemed fairly easy to make.
Why you need this time saver Instant Microwave Peda recipe?
- Three ingredients
- Already available ingredients in the pantry
So, what is peda?
Peda or Pera or Pedha is this amazing soft, delicious sweet dish from the India made with khoya, sugar and usually flavored with cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron or rose water. Instant Gulab Peda Recipe is another quick recipe for Peda, you might want to check out.
What is the difference between peda and barfi?
Barfi is more like a milk fudge. Shaped in squares traditionally. Peda is traditionally made with khoya (milk solids), ghee and sugar. Throughout India, Peda is served as a offering in temples.
Ingredients used in Microwave Cardamom Peda
- Milk Powder
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Cardamom Powder
- Unsalted butter
How to make Microwave Cardamom Peda instantly?
Here are the step by step process on making Microwave Cardamom Peda
Step 1 – Melt butter in a microwave proof bowl for few seconds
Step 2 – Add milk powder and condensed milk. Mix well so that there are no lumps
Step 3 – Microwave the peda for 1 minute. Take the bowl out and stir well
Step 4 – Again microwave for 1 minute. Take the bowl out and stir 1 tea spoon rose water and a drop of pink color. Mix
Step 5 – Put the bowl back in microwave for 1 more minute. Let the mixture cool for a bit.
Take a bit of the peda mixture in your fingers and try to shape into a small ball. If the mixture doesn’t stick to your fingers and you are able to shape it, that means its ready
If not, then put it back in the microwave for 1 more minute. Mix well and let it cool down for a bit
Step 6 –While the mixture is still warm, grease your palms and start shaping these into pedas
Can this Cardamom peda recipe be made on stove top?
Steps on making Instant Cardamom Peda on stovetop
Step 1 – Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add sweetened condensed milk, milk powder and mix well. Make sure there are no lumps. The mixture will come together as you start cooking in low heat. Make sure to keep stirring continuously.
Step 2 – When the whole mixture comes together, add the cardamom powder and food color and mix well one more time.
Step 3 – Turn off the heat. Cool for 8/10 minutes and then start making peda.
Why my Pedas are chewy and cracky? – Your peda will become chewy and cracky if you heat the mixture too much. After the 3 time you put it in the microwave, take a little bit of the mixture with your flingers and try to make a small ball. The peda mixture is ready when the mixture doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Tips for best ever Microwave Cardamom Peda
Check your microwave setting. The heating options for microwaves vary from brand to brand.
Use a big microwave safe bowl to make microwave cardamom peda because, around the third time, when you put the peda mixture in the microwave, the mixture will rise. If there isn’t enough space in the bowl, it will spill and make a mess.
The first time when I made them, I added 1 cup of milk powder to 1 cup condensed milk and 1 stick butter. The taste was really good but the texture was a little chewy, which wasn’t bad at all but I wanted to get that authentic peda taste and texture that we get from pedas from the sweet shops in India. So, the second time around, I increased the amount of Milk Powder to 2 cups and the texture came out just the way I wanted it.
Make the peda a day or two in advance and keep them lined up in a clean air tight container.
Keep an eye on the peda while making them. If after the 3rd time, you can form a tiny ball with the mixture, that means, the mixture is ready. Do not put the mixture back in the microwave. Wait for 10 minutes and start shaping them in to peda.
Its ideal to garnish the peda while they are warm.
How to store Microwave Cardamom Peda?
These Microwave cardamom peda can be made couple of days in advance. You can store the peda in an airtight container.
Clean the container really well and dry it thoroughly. Its very important that the container is clean or else the Microwave Cardamom Peda will absorb the smell from the container and loose its fragrant cardamom smell.
Microwave Cardamom Peda (Cardamom Milk Fudge)
- 2 cups 2 cups dry milk powder.
- 8 tbsp Butter
- 1 cup 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk.
- 1 tbsp finely ground cardamom powder
- 2 drops yellow color (Optional)
- 1 tbsp sliced pistachios for garnishing
- In a microwave proof, big bowl add, butter (room temperature), milk powder and condensed milk and heat for 1 minute
- Take the bowl out, add the cardamom powder and stir the mixture well
- Heat it again for 1 more minute.
- Repeat this process for 3 to 4 times and every time you take out the bowl from the microwave, stir the mixture vigorously.
- After the 3rd time, the mixture should have a nice texture to it and would be beginning to leave the sides.
- Let it cool down for 15 to 20 mins. Put some butter or Ghee in your palms, take a bit of the dough and roll between your palms.
- Make a dent into the peda. Garnish them with pistachios.
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