Malai Peda … bilkul Abad dairy na aavta hata teva (exactly like they were made at Abad dairy). Many of my Amdavadi readers might not be aware that until mid 80s, Ahmedabad had its own dairy called the Abad Dairy perched near Kankaria lake, one of the most popular landmarks Unable to withstand the fierce competition from the emerging giant Amul, the unit eventually died a slow death. But, when it was alive and kicking it supplied milk in those glass bottles with a thin tin cap (that the crows would break into) to the Amdavadis through its white colored milk-kiosks that dotted the streets across the city. We also had the pleasure to enjoy quite a few of its milk based products and the best were its Malai Peda, the milky white discs with one or two seeds of elaichi or charoli embedded on its face. The Peda were soft, moderately sweet and always fresh. My father had formed this weekly ritual of bringing a pack of Abad Peda when he returned from work. The time of fresh lotto Peda arriving at the outlet just outside the dairy would coincide with his time of passing through that particular street. Sadly, once Abad called it a day we literally stopped eating pedas, not because no one else made it but because the quality of the ones available was always questionable. Over the decades many halwai/mithai outlets have mushroomed but baring couple of them it is difficult to trust them with quality.
In our culture, Peda have been the go to sweet whether it is to announce a birth in the family or to share the joy of new purchase or as offering during puja and religious ceremonies, we always say it with a box of pedas. I love to bite into a moist, soft and mildly sweet peda and was always on the lookout to get a recipe to a perfect tasting Milk Peda made using minimum ingredients. To me, one of the most deterring factor to not trying new recipes is the list of ingredients and complex methods, my principle is simple – the lists should not intimidate me. And this particular recipe to Milk Peda by my favorite Tarla Dalal was easy on both these factors. Hence, I gave it a shot and have been hooked to the recipe since a very long time. It did require couple of times to nail it but it was all was worth it.
You may watch the video to the recipe here.
Do give it a try…..
Malai PedaPrint Recipe
- 1 liter milk, full cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 pinches citric acid/limboo na phool, dissolved in 3 teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed in 2 teaspoons milk
- a pinch of saffron soaked in 2 teaspoons milk
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon elaichi/cardamom powder
- Charoli, slivered almonds and pistachios to garnish
Take a heavy bottom pan.
Add the milk to the pan and place it on flame.
Bring it to boil, reduce the flame and keep stirring till reduced to half.
Add the saffron and sugar to the boiling milk.
Cook for 5-7 minutes more.
Add the citric acid mix gradually to the boiling milk mix. The citric acid will curdle the milk slightly. This may require half or entire quantity of citric acid mix.
Now, add the corn flour mix to the curdled mix.
Continue to cook, stirring all along until the mixture becomes thick and resembles khoya.
Turn off the flame, add the cardamom powder and mix well.
Allow the mix to cool.
Shape in to 18 small peda.
Decorate with charoli, almond and pistachio slivers