KESAR PEDA | INSTANT KESAR PEDA IN MICROWAVE

What makes Kesar Peda even better? The fact that you can make it instantly in the microwave! Traditional peda is made by simmering milk for hours, but this microwave version with condensed milk is ready in under 3 minutes and a wonderful Indian sweet for many occasions!

Saffron infused indian milk fudge is served in a metal plate


INSTANT KESAR PEDA IN MICROWAVE

Peda are traditionally round and semi-soft Indian sweets made from heating milk and sugar. Milk is boiled for hours and this forms mild solids or khoya to which sugar and various flavours can be added. 

That is the premise for our Rajwadi Peda

My Mum has been making microwave peda for years as a very quick and easy mithai. (Leftover cans of condensed milk have to be used up somehow!!) I actually cannot remember the last time we made peda for an actual special occasion - it has mostly been because we have spare condensed milk leftover from a different recipe!

She first taught me how to make Mawa Peda in the microwave. I would love to sit and watch (mostly because I knew I could eat the mixture before she'd even started rolling it). 

Saffron Spice

One of the most quintessential and wonderful flavours for Indian sweets is Kesar or saffron. This exquisite spice is mostly known for being more expensive than gold. 

The addition of kesar infuses the peda with a heady fragrance and also gives the peda their beautiful golden finish. 

With this recipe, you get the elegance of divine Indian mithai without the stress and wasted time. Instant Peda are easy to whip up when you have sudden or unexpected guests around and they still get the delicious taste of sweet-shop or mithai shop Peda. 


Kesar Peda with Condensed Milk 

Condensed milk works brilliantly when making instant peda in particular. 

As the condensed milk is already cooked and thickened, you have saved yourself the job of boiling milk over a saucepan for hours. For this reason, these peda are very quick to make.

Condensed milk is very sweet and so this recipe doesn’t need extra sugar.


Best Peda Recipes

Pedas are some of our favourite mithais in the house and over the years, we have loved making traditional and unique peda. 

One of the most popular and recreated recipe is our Rajkot na Peda. This brilliant-white peda are perfect for any occasion.  

Chai Peda was one of our light-bulb moment creations whilst enjoying a cup of cardamom chai!

Clotted Cream Peda pay hommage to clotted cream fudge - a delicious English delicacy. 

Mathura Peda hails from the Mathura a holy city situated in India, most famous for its divine taste. 

You may want to check out out other microwave recipes such as Date and Pistachio Rolls, Kopra/Topra Pak, Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge Orange and Cinnamon Turkish Delight or Paneer Tikka Masala

How to make Kesar Peda in the Microwave Instantly

I am a firm believer in enjoying and spending time on the traditional recipe and this is something that I have leant from my Mum. 

With a lot of sweet and savoury food putting in the time and effort and creating the recipe the traditional way gets the best results. 

However, in the case of this peda, the flavours and textures mimic the traditional recipe so it is worth saving the time here and potentially using it elsewhere for a different recipe. 

Making peda in the microwave is quick and easy. It also saves washing up a large pan.

However, you do still have to pay close attention when making peda in the microwave. There is still a risk of over-cooking or burning the peda. 

Ingredients 

 For exact measurements check out our recipe card bottom of this post. 

➝ Full cream milk powder or Mawa (Indian milk solids) 

➝ Condensed milk we have used regular one NOT light. 

➝ Saffron threads use good quality. 

➝ Milk we have used wholemilk 

➝ Cardamom powder pair so well with saffron and helps in digestion

➝ Ghee or unsalted butter 


Here is my method of making Instant Kesar Peda in the microwave:


1. Heat milk in a small bowl using a microwave about 40 seconds, then soak the saffron threads in warm milk.


2. In a microwave-proof bowl take milk powder, condensed milk and ghee or butter (leave 1 tsp) and mix well using a spatula. 


3. Cook the milk powder mixture for 1 minute on HIGH them mix well and repeat 1 time more, in this time the peda mixture should be cooked. 


4. Add saffron-infused milk and cardamom powder, mix well and cook another minute.


5. At this stage the mixture should be together in one mass and should not be very dry or too loose. 


6. Leave it to cool for a couple of minutes then transfer the mixture into another plate. Knead the dough to remove any lumps in the mixture.


7. Divide the mixture into equal portions, apply little ghee on your both palms and shape the peda.


8. Decorate with slivered nuts, edible silver foil or dried rose petals. 


Instant Kesar Doodh Peda - Saffron Infused Milk Fudge


1. Soak saffron threads in warm milk.

2. In a heavy-based pan or kadai heat ghee then add condensed milk and bring it to boil.

3. Now add milk powder and combine well, and cook the mixture on whilst stirring continuously on low to medium heat. 

4. Make sure no lumps are formed, once the mixture starts thickening add saffron-infused milk and cardamom powder and carry on cooking.

5. After a few minutes the mixture will leave the pan and looks glossy. Take a pinch of the mixture and make a ball using index finger and thumb if the mixture doesn't stick to your fingers it is cooked, if not cook further for a couple of minutes. 

6. Turn off the heat and transfer the peda mixture into another plate and allow it to cool a little. 

7. Divide the mixture into equal size portions and give a shape.

8. Decorate the peda with nuts, varq or dried rose petals. 


How to shape Peda

There are various different ways of shaping peda and we love experimenting with different styles!

Tip - Always grease your hands with ghee before shaping the peda!

Ensure to shape the peda whilst the mixture is still warm. Once it cools, it will crack as you try to shape it. If this does happen, heat the mixture a little just enough to warm it but not so much that you cook the mixture further. 

The traditional peda shape is round with an impression done with a thumb. 

If you do not like round peda or find making equal round shapes difficult, then roll out the peda mixture and use a small round cookie cutter to make peda "coins". You could then decorate these with a stamp for more designs. 


TROUBLESHOOTING!

Why are my Peda chewy?

The chewy texture comes from overheating and stirring the mixture. 

In this recipe, this is less of a problem as we are not stirring on the stove.


Tips for best-ever Peda

Keep an eye on your microwave settings. 

Our timings are based on our 800W microwave and we use the highest setting. 

Use a microwaveable dish. 


How to store Peda

Peda are great in that they can be made in advance.

The most important point to remember is to store the peda away from harsh smells. Check that your container is fully washed and dry. 

In theory, Peda will keep well for a couple of days at room temperature. In reality, you will probably have finished them the same day!

Equipment

Microwave

Microwave proof bowl

Spatula  

Very popular and moreish Kesar Peda which are instantly made in microwave , so easy and quick recipe


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Desserts, Snacks
Indian
Yield: 20-22 PEDA
Author: Hayley Dhanecha
KESAR PEDA | INSTANT KESAR PEDA IN MICROWAVE

KESAR PEDA | INSTANT KESAR PEDA IN MICROWAVE

What makes Kesar Peda even better? The fact that you can make it instantly in the microwave! Traditional peda is made by simmering milk for hours, but this microwave version with condensed milk is ready in under 3 minutes and a wonderful Indian sweet for many occasions!
Cook time: 3 Mininactive time: 15 MinTotal time: 18 Min

Ingredients

Garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small microwave bowl using, heat milk in microwave about 40 seconds, then soak the saffron threads in warm milk.
  2. In a big microwave-proof bowl take milk powder, condensed milk and ghee or butter (leave 1 tsp) and mix well using a spatula. 
  3. Cook the milk powder mixture for 1 minute on HIGH POWER them mix well and repeat 1 time more, in this time the peda mixture should be cooked.
  4. Add saffron-infused milk and cardamom powder, mix well and cook another minute.
  5. At this stage, the mixture should be together in one mass and should not be very dry or too loose.
  6. Leave it to cool for a couple of minutes then transfer the mixture into another plate. Knead the dough to remove any lumps in the mixture.
  7. Divide the mixture into equal portions, apply little ghee on your both palms and shape the peda.
  8. Decorate with slivered pistachio nuts, edible silver foil or dried rose petals.

Notes:

You may add a pinch of yellow/orange colour instead of saffron.

This recipe can be doubled or halved.


Calories

100.15

Fat (grams)

4.46

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.79

Carbs (grams)

12.09

Fiber (grams)

0.03

Net carbs

12.06

Sugar (grams)

11.13

Protein (grams)

2.17

Sodium (milligrams)

33.65

Cholesterol (grams)

14.43
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.
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