Monday, 14 February 2011

Mawa/Khoya Penda

 My hubby and sons have been asking me to make these pendas (or pedas) for a couple of days as they knew that I had bought some mawa/khoya from the Asian Stores.  It comes here in a block and needs to be kept in a fridge and can also be frozen.  It looks like a block of cheese but of  a pale beige/brown colour.   Penda or peda  are my son's favourite sweet so I spent this Sunday morning make pendas. So again I am posting another Kids friendly recipe.

The recipe for these pendas is my father in laws. He made great mawa pendas and I think he would have approved the ones I made.


350 grams of mawa or khoya
350 grams of milk powder
300 grams of sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
8-10 strands of saffron
½ cup of milk
2-3 tablespoons of almond slices.

Method :

1. Mix the mawa, milk powder and sugar. If you are using readymade mawa/khoya, then I would suggest that you grate it first.

2. Add half a cup of milk to this mixture.

3. Heat this mixture on a low heat.

4. It’s important that you keep stirring the mixture

5. This is a slow process as the mixture will first become all runny. 

6. Keep on stirring and cooking the mixture.

7. Add the cardamom and saffron to the mixture.

8. You will notice the penda mixture going from a pale colour to a slightly darker shade.

9. You will also notice the mixture getting to a thicker consistency.

10. At this stage, switch off the heat and spread out the mixture to cool.

11. Once cool, divide the mixture into small balls and press them with the back of any bowl or use a mould to shape your pendas.

12. Sprinkle the almond slices on the penda. To make it interesting, you can colour the almond slices with food colour

13.   These pendas were made with an extra ingredient - Love- so they tasted divine!!

14.  Any left over pendas can be kept in a cool place in an air tight container.

As I mentioned above, these pendas have to be made at low or medium heat.  You need to keep stirring the mixture to stop it from sticking to the base of your saucepan. Also. it does take quite a bit of time to make but it's worth it at the end. 

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  1. I loved your peda post. I actually cannot resist them. Better not to make it unless there is company.

  2. happy valentines day dear and perfect pendas for valentines day..

  3. Lovely pendas Mina!

  4. Hi Mina

    Khoya Pedhas look simply delicious. Excellent decoration. A very happy you.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Looks very good..I have something called milk/mawa powder in my pantry. I was wondering if that is the same you are referring to in(mawa/khoya)??

  6. the pedas looks awesome and the presentation is beautiful!

  7. Cute looking hearts. Happy V Day.

  8. Very cute looking pendas. Very yummy..

  9. am craving for this since a long time..have to prepare it sometime now..yumm

  10. Happy Valentine's Day :)
    Penda's look perfect and delicious dear :)

  11. Pedas looks absolutely elegant and yummy..Happy V day..

  12. Very temtping peda ...looks delish

  13. Very tempting treats for valentine :)

  14. Happy Valentines Day. The pedas look melt in the mouth good.

  15. Wow the pedas look so tempting!..lot of hard work there..

  16. Wow...Simply amazing.. Happy Valentine's day!

  17. Looks super delicious. I have a block of knots in my freezer. Have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  18. love love it..I've a sweet tooth and I totally love this yummy treats

  19. Lovely. Will tryy your version soon

  20. These look delicious I normally make with condensed milk but will try this recipe with mawa.


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