Aside from Christmas, Diwali ranks as one of my favorite holidays of the year! It’s such a warm, vivid and joyous occasion that I spend with my family and a few friends. As a family, nearly a week prior to the celebration we all contribute around the house to make sure it is fully cleaned and decorated. My dad always buys my mom, my brother and myself new outfits of our liking, my Bhabhi makes beautiful rangoli and my brother and I light diya’s and anticipate for the hour of when we can blow up firecrackers! However, the most tedious and eventful process is the day before Diwali – which was last night… where my mom and I spent a good several hours preparing sweets for the family and guests who will be stopping by to indulge in several hefty calories today. What’s not to love about Diwali right? Aside from the cleaning part and my mom transforming into Godzilla =P
I figured rather than doing the regular round up of what my Diwali was like or an OOTD post … I’ll share a recipe of one of my favorite sweets that my grandma taught me several years ago, which costs under $20 and takes less than 30 minutes to make! It is called Peda and it tastes like a drop of heaven – I’m dead serious. Now there are many different versions of peda’s – milk peda, doodh peda, kesar peda and perhaps more that I am not familiar with. I make the doodh peda as that is what I was taught and it’s delicious.
Here are the ingredients that will be needed – makes roughly 50 pedas:
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 bag of milk powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter or ghee
- Small bowl of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cardamoms (elachi)
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Garnishes of choice: ie; shredded almonds/pistachios, sprinkles, white sugar, candy (I use white sugar, smarties and M&M’s)
2. Stir the ingredients and gradually add the condensed milk, milk powder and the other tablespoon of ghee when needed. The key is to ensure that there are no lumps and that the mixture is not too liquidity or to dry. (I used approximately ¾ of the can of condensed milk and 5 cups of milk powder)
3. Shape the mixture into a large dough
4. Shape into small balls, flatten the balls with the palm of your hands
5. Add on the sparkle! – toppings =P. I used a combination of M&M’s and Smarties – once that was in place I dipped both sides of the peda into sugar. This is the part to be creative! If I didn’t have a few other treats to make, I definitely would have added food coloring and other toppings
Pretty simple eh?! And they look super cute! Happy Diwali everyone, may everyone be blessed with health, wealth and endless happiness! Xo.