Malai Peda – Indian Cream Fudge

by | Oct 26, 2011 | 29 comments

Malai Peda - Indian Cream Fudge
 
It is Diwali today, the Indian festival of lights. Mythologically, there are many stories revolving around the festival. The most famous by far would be the celebration of the death of a demon and the return of a king. When the king killed the demon and returned to his kingdom with his rescued wife, the people of the kingdom lit up their homes and streets with lamps to welcome him. As a child who was a budding foodie even then, Diwali meant only one thing to me. Food.
 
Diwali & Sweets
 
For days leading up to the festival I used to make sweets and savouries with my mum. As did everyone else. On the big day everyone used to visit everyone else and help themselves to whatever fantastic spread the host would lay out for them, kind of like a food tasting event. Come evening and homes twinkled with oil lamps on window sills and balconies and paper lanterns swaying in the gentle breeze while the air turned thick with the smoke of every kind of firecracker you could imagine.
 
Diwali Sweets - Pedas
 
Of all the things that I used to sample during those few days of sugar overload, the Malai Peda was my most beloved. A simple sweet made of milk, cream and sugar was all it took to make me truly happy. I could never stop at one. Come to think of it, I can’t stop at one even today. We never made this at home because it was widely available at the mithai-wala (sweet shops) and always very fresh. When I left India, I missed the Malai Peda deeply. It took a chance conversation with an Indian grocery store owner over her counter, a quickly memorised recipe and a lot of trials and errors to rediscover my obsession for my favourite childhood sweet.
 
Happy Diwali!
 
For the past six years it has become my go to sweet recipe for Diwali. I make it every year and then some times in between. It takes me ten minutes to prepare, cook and set it and it tastes like the real deal. Today is Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. There are no firecrackers or lanterns. But taste is a very powerful sense. One nibble and I can smell the smokey air, feel the heat of a sparkler on my arm and hear the gentle hum of a him being sung as people offer their prayers amidst the ding ding ding of temple bells.
 
Malai Peda
 
Happy Diwali!
 
Happy Diwali! May this year be a prosperous one for you all!
 
 
 

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MALAI PEDA – Indian Cream Fudge

 
Preparation & Cooking Time – 10 minutes
Makes 16 rounds
 
 

Ingredients

 
4 cups full cream milk powder
1 cup granulated raw sugar
300ml thickened cream
1/2 tablespoon ghee
slivered pistachio and saffron strands for decorating
 

Method

 
Combine milk powder, sugar and cream in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave uncovered (my power setting is 1100 watts) for 3 minutes. Remove, add ghee, mix lightly. Microwave uncovered for another 3 minutes.
 
Remove and place tablespoons of mixture in a silicone mini muffin pan. Set aside  or chill for 10 minutes. Turn out the pedas (fudge rounds). Press a slivered pistachio and some saffron strands on top of each round,
 

My Notes

I use silicone moulds because they are easy to turn out without disturbing the shape. Alternatively, you could roll them into balls and gently flatten them to get the round cookie shape. 
 
 

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COMMENTS

29 Comments
  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I absolutely adore saffron and the earthiness and subtle spice it brings to a dish. Beautiful photographs, darling!

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    • Sneh

      Thanks Brian! Love saffron too!

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  2. Martyna @ WholesomeCook

    Hi Sneh, food memories are a powerful thing. I can imagine the creamy texture of these… yum. Thank you for the well wishes, and may I return the same to you and your family.

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    • Sneh

      Thanks for your wishes lovely!

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  3. Gagan

    Happy Diwali to you and your family, Sneh!

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    • Sneh

      Thanks Gagan! And you too!

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  4. Kartika

    Yumm. Memories come tumbling out of Diwalis from the past… wishing you and your family a wonderful season of happiness.

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    • Sneh

      Thank you Kartika!

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  5. kankana

    Happy Diwali girl 🙂 These peda looks so creamy and soft. It does sound like a easy to go sweet. Beautiful photos of kumkum and haldi.

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  6. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I agree with Sylvie – these peda’s are so easy and festive 🙂 Happy Diwali to you and the fam!

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  7. anh

    Happy the Festival of light! I just love the name of Diwali! This looks amazing!~

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  8. Nash at Plateful

    Hey, Happy Diwali to you and your loved ones Sneh! Your pictures are simply gorgeous and I’m dying to make this peda. Especially loved the simplicity of the recipe.

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  9. Farwin

    Happy Diwali to you!Love the simplicity of the recipe and the beautiful presentation.

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  10. Soma

    It looks beautiful! and you have photographed the essence of the festival so wonderfully. Happy Diwali to you and yours Sneh!

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  11. Mary

    This looks delicious. I hope you enjoy the festival. We were in Nepal for Diwali last year and it is one of our most pleasant memories of our trip. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some extra time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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  12. chinmayie @ love food eat

    Never knew it’s so simple to make these delicious pedas!
    Gorgeous photos! You have captured India’s festive spirit so well!

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  13. Radhika | Just Home Made

    Sneh, Happy Deepavali to you too..
    Those pedas look perfect!
    Going by how simple it is, looks like I might try this recipe soon enough!

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  14. foodwanderings

    Happy Diwali Sneh a day late but celebrations are ongoing so I am good no?! One of my all time favorite Indian treats is Peda. We shape it differently but yours look just as authentic as my mom’s. I feel like grabbing one right off the screen!! 🙂

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  15. Nic@diningwithastud

    Your styling and photography is stunning! These sound so delicious 🙂

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  16. a spoonful of yumm

    classic peda ! i love kesar peda too. very famous ones sold at bbay during festivals

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  17. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice

    Absolutely beautiful photos, Sneh. I’ve celebrated Diwali with several of my close friends in college – their family ceremonies were so beautiful to witness.

    I love the saffron in this recipe. So earthy and delicate.

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  18. chinmayie @ ;love food eat

    I just made these and they have turned out Perfect! I used full fat milk as that’s all I had on hand and made it on a stove top instead of a microwave. I decreased the sugar and decorated them with silver sugar balls 🙂
    They are soft and just melt in your mouth!

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    • Sneh

      Very nice Chinmayie! I am glad the recipe worked for you. I must try making these on a stove top. Thanks for leaving your feedback 🙂

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  19. Lydia

    These look AMAZING. Could I use this recipe for Pista Burfi.? Colour it green,, use pista essence and spread it in a pan. Love your 8 minute Microwave Mango Burfi. Thanks Sneh.

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