Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kesar Peda (Saffron Infused Milk Sweet with Xylitol)

Peda is an Milk based Indian sweet done by simmering milk and adding saffron, cardamom and sweetner. This peda recipe is from Manjula's Kitchen and much simpler, easier and comes out perfect. I pretty much followed the original recipe except for substituting the Sugar with Xylitol. If you search for Xylitol recipes and information, you will find information stating that it can be substitute 1:1 for sugar. But it has a chilling feeling on the tongue which becomes more pronouced when added in equal amounts. So I have added only half the quantity, of the sugar mentioned in the recipe.

Now getting on to the recipe


Paneer - 3/4 Cup ( I used 4 Cups of Milk

Milk powder - 1/3 Cup

Milk - 1/3 Cup

Xylitol (Sweetener) - 1/4 Cup (if using sugar instead of xylitol go for 1/2 cup)

Unsalted butter - 2 Tablespoon

Cardamom powder - 1/4 Tsp

Saffron strands - pinch

For Garnish:

18 shelled pistachio seeds


1) Warm the milk and add the saffron strands so that it gets soaked for 10-15 minutes and the you get a nice orange color.

2) Heat a thick bottomed pan and add butter.

3) Once the butter melts add milk, milk powder, and paneer. Mix it well.

4).Cook mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts leaving the sides of the frying pan and becomes like dough. This should take about 12 - 15 minutes. Now this is known as khoya.

5) Transfer the khoya into a bowl and let it cool off until khoya becomes just lukewarm and easy to handle with hand.

6) Mix the Xylitol and cardamom powder into the khoya and knead it for about a minute until every thing blends together and becomes a soft dough.

7) Divide the mix into about 18 equal parts and roll them into round balls. Lightly press it down with a pistachio on every peda, similar to a thumb print cookie.

8) Stays good for 3-4 days at room temperature and few weeks in the refrigerator and buy that mine was all done.


Suchi said...

looks super delicious and loved your decoration!

Reva said...

lovely looking sweets...perfectly made..

Now Serving said...

First time on your blog - Like the blog name - and the flower decoration of the peda - very creative...

Priya said...

Soo cute pedas..feel like having some rite now..

Quay Po Cooks said...

Beautiful presentation!

kitchen queen said...

delicious sweet.thanks for visiting my blog and giving a nice comment. you too have a nice blog.

Pushpa said...

Nicely presented and peda looks delicious.

Usha said...

You have nice recipes here... Love the presentation with the almonds.. Thanks for stopping by my blog and do drop by once in a while.. :)

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