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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.

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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.

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Why you need this time saver Instant Microwave Peda recipe?

  • Three ingredients
  • Microwave
  • 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
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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.

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Microwave-Cardamom-Peda(Cardamom Milk Fudge)

Microwave Cardamom Peda (Cardamom Milk Fudge)

This Microwave Cardamom Peda recipe is a life saver when you are crunched for time. They take literally less than 5 minutes to make!! These bite sized microwave peda are as delicious, silky and soft as the store bought ones and serve as a great gift idea for family and friends!!
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 10


  • 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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Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

You may also like my other festive desserts –

Sandesh [shon-daesh]

Patishapta with Rabdi (Coconut Crepes Topped with Cardamom Cream Milk)

Manda Pitha (Rice Dumplings with Coconut Filling)

Rice Kheer or Rice Pudding


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  1. That is such an interesting way to make fudge. Very intrigued, looks beautiful.

  2. womanpulse says:

    Looks yummy believe it or not I used to be into baking, one of the many enterprises I considered. I was going to have a gluten free cupcake biz.

  3. They look so tasty! You make beautiful food pictures!

  4. Mrs deepa keshwani says:

    Initially got hardened but had to add 2btbsp milk to soften it… Lumps were difficult to break but then was easy to get a smooth dough… Formed the pedas decorated with pistas

  5. deliciousmeetshealthywp says:

    Wow, such a creative recipe and it looks amazing!! Love that it’s easy to make as well, must try it soon!

  6. What adorable little bites! You could make a bunch to have on hand during the holidays. I like the cardamon addition. Not typical in the candy I’m familiar with. We always enjoy new tastes!

  7. I have never heard of this before but looks scrumptious! And love that it’s made in the microwave (insert happy dance!)

  8. Oh my gosh these look so cute! I can almost taste the sweet cardamom goodness now. Especially love the addition of pistachios for texture and flavour. Can’t wait to try! 🙂

  9. Mm, I think I’d really enjoy these. They look fantastic. I like how they are easy to make too!

  10. Beth Shankle Anderson says:

    These look so good. I’m reading this in the morning and I’m going to be thinking about it all day!!

    Beth ||

  11. I am intrigued by this combo! Would love to try it out for myself 🙂

  12. These look so tasty and seem simple enough to make. I bet they make great gifts!

  13. These look incredibly satisfying and simple to make! I will need to give them a try 🙂

  14. If I had the ingredients this would so be in cooking right now. How yum.

  15. These look so great. Makes me wish I was with my family for Diwali tomorrow. They’ve all sent us pictures of their food and sweets they’ve made and made us so jealous!

  16. GURMIT SINGH says:

    Very nic peda let me know can I do it in stove mean gas oven

  17. That looks really good! If the pictures are half as good as how it tastes then it must be incredible!

  18. I LOVE INDIAN FOOD from breakfast to desserts! Thanks for sharing this I will definitely try it out!!

  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    I don’t think I’ve tried this before! It looks amazing and it’s something that you’d serve during dinner parties or during the Holidays! At least, that’s what I would do.

  20. This looks really good! I’ve only seen this in food tours on TV but I’ve never tasted it before! I sure would love to though! Good to know that I can make it at home without hassle!

  21. Jenni Petrey says:

    These look really interesting, will have to try to make them, wish me luck!

  22. This looks so good!! I have never heard of this before!!! Fudge is a family favorite in my house.

  23. These sound delicious. Anything with fudge and melting in your mouth has to be good, right? I had never heard of cardamom before, but am going to give this a try! 🙂

  24. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I think this would be good to make and give as gifts to friends and co-workers. I will just have to find a way to wrap it in a pretty way. Maybe nice little glass jars would do.

  25. This seems very easy to do. Are those silver food paint on top?

  26. My husband loves fudge. This looks pretty easy to make. The flavour is certainly something you cannot buy in the store. I will have to try this out.

  27. I can’t believe that these beauties can be made with such a small number of ingredients and a microwave. Yum!

  28. I absolutely love easy desserts especially pedas. How gorgeous are the clicks !!

  29. This looks so delicious! Nice ones, so easy to prepare also.

  30. Pedas are Indian delicacy and they are must for every festival. Your pedas looks super yummy and delicious

  31. helene dsouza says:

    Oh my your golden pedas look amazing. So inspiring! I love the vibrant color, they catch ones eye instantly and I bet they taste really great too.

  32. These looks beautiful and delicious! Any substitute for milk powder? I am searching for that:) thanks!

  33. This looks so delicious !

  34. Heather deSouza says:

    I will try making them and will let you know the results. Thank you so much.

  35. The recipe is very quick and looks delicious 😋 I am gonna try this. Thanks for sharing

  36. Looks delicious and easy to make! I’m going to give it a try.

  37. I tried them and they caame out perfect. Thank you for the easy recipe.

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  39. cottageboundfl says:

    What a great recipe! I’ll have to try this!

  40. Delicious ,absolutely yummmm…… pictures are treat for my eyes … keeping bringing more to the table literally ..

  41. They look so cute! Makes me want to try them even though I have a kinda distanced relationship with cardamom, haha. Or maybe I just use this shape for my next cookies. 🙂

  42. YUM! I love the taste of cardamom but don’t get it very often. I’m excited to check out this recipe! It looks adorable!

  43. This looks so delicious! I’ve never heard of cardamom fudge before, but I really would love to try this!

  44. You should give it a try. This is one easy recipe that comes together in less than 10 minutes.

  45. Thank you so much. Yes, give it a try and let me know what you think?

  46. Thank you so much. Yes please give it a try and let me know.

  47. Thank you so much. Yes please give it a try and let me know.

  48. Thank u , i tried cardamon peda… Came out very well.

  49. I think I burned the mix! It became crusty and darker on cooling 😭

  50. When do I know it’s done ?

  51. When you take a little bit out and check with your fingers, it should not stick to your fingers. That’s when you know that, its ready. Usually its ready after the 5 th time.

  52. Sorry to hear that Sim. How many times did you out it in the microwave? I usually do it 5 times. Microwaves vary.

  53. Lovely pictures. Wonderful preparation