Thursday, February 18, 2010
So what do I do next, well first I clean up the entire area and restore my kitchen back to spic and span order.Then in addition to making dinner I make dessert ! Surprised as to why I would add to my work load when I have already had such a bad day....Well a little sweet always seems to make things better. No wonder stressed spelled backwards is desserts ! And this pedha is very quick and can be made entirely in under five minutes. Pedhas as I mentioned in this post are a family favorite and I made this hoping that a quick sweet treat makes my day just a little better and more bearable.
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Ingredients and Method to make 2 minute almond pedha
1/2 cup almonds
1 1/4 cup instant non fat dry milk (milk powder)
4 to 5 cardamom seeds powdered fine
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp plain milk
Powder 1/2 cup almonds along with skin to a fine powder in a spice grinder using pulse feature on blender. Try not to over grind as the nut butter will cause the almond powder to start clumping together.
In a shallow microwave safe dish, mix together almond powder/ almond meal, non fat dry milk, cardamom seeds powder and mix well.
Add sweetened condensed milk and milk to this and mix well. This will cause a kind of lumpy mixture.
Place the shallow dish in the microwave and heat on high for 1 + 1 minute, stirring frequently or until the mixture can be rolled between your fingers. Cool slightly and shape into round balls and flatten slightly to form the typical pedha shape.
Cool thoroughly and place in an airtight container and use within a couple of days of making it, or refrigerate and use within 4 days or so for freshest taste.
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Yield approximately 14 to 15 pedhas
Since microwave strengths will vary,cooking times can also vary, so it may take you longer or shorter so keep an eye on this when it is getting done.
Also since I used a shallow dish, my cooking time was faster, if you use a deeper dish it may take you a bit longer