Thursday, February 18, 2010

2 minute Microwave Almond Pedha (fudge)

When things go wrong, every additional nuisance that can happen will probably happen and make things worse. At least that seems to be the case with me, I was already having a bad day with other stuff and then I entered the kitchen and  was looking forward to a soothing cup of tea and the tea cup slipped from my hand and my tea got spilled ! " No please not my tea " was the first thought that ran through my mind. Then to make matters worse, when I started dinner I found that my pressure cooker malfunctioned and decided to spew dhal water all over my stove and my counter tops.Bah ! I hate when this happens....

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.

 2 min m/w Almond Pedha-Indian milk fudge photo 59049c38-423d-4468-aa69-ed67f12ad77b_zps2dc76684.jpg


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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 (fine milk powder)(I used carnation milk powder) (see notes)
4 to 5 cardamom seeds powdered fine
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp plain milk
2 pinches of good quality saffron (optional)
3 to 4 tsp of clarified butter (ghee/nei) (optional but recommended )

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, saffron (if using)  and mix well.

Add sweetened condensed milk, milk and clarified butter (if using) 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

Notes
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

If the milk powder you have has a very thick granular texture, give it a turn in the blender/ mixer to grind it to a fine powder

37 comments :

Asha said...

Pedas are so yummy to eat, they even freeze well, so I can make huge batch and eat for months!:D

Akal's Saappadu said...

you are right when you say that every small annoyance can make a bad day even worse :) :) it has happened to me several times too!!
but I'm sure those almond pedas must have brought you some comfort and made the day much more better!!!

they look absolutely delicious and wonderful!!!

kitchen queen said...

lovely and perfect microwave almond pedha.

Arch said...

This sounds really simple, must try..TH and my son can have sweets at any point in time ! And I have loads of almons at home right now...I like the 'desserts' 'stressed' logic - super cool one :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, you made them in 2 minutes..loved them..

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sowmya.s said...

that looks so delicious..have tried it minus the almonds, but this one is awesome..

Preeti Kashyap said...

yummy Usha! just made a similar almond peda in microwave two days back. But I add butter in mine. The nut butter tip is good one. Will keep in mind :)

Pavithra said...

Wow thats awesome 2 minutes...yummy.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tempting pedas!

indosungod said...

Usha, that is the best way to tackle the awful day. Love the 2 minute pedha.

Trendsetters said...

love the pedas...looking great

Priya said...

Pedas looks so cute and yumm!!

indhu said...

I too hate it when the dhal in the pressure cooker overflows and water spills over :(
lovely dessert Usha... I like how you turned the day into a good one with this :)

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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Pretty simple & elegant..for that instant sweet urge.

kamala said...

quick and yummy sweet they look perfect

Cham said...

Grinding with skin sounds good and it is even unoticeable!
Love pedas of course the easiest version :)

Laavanya said...

I never realized that stressed spelt backwards is dessert - cool! no wonder we reach for sweets :)
Pedhas look so yummy.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

mmm, very tempting and delicious... Infact the invent of milk powder and condensed milk have made life easy ;D I posted doodh pedas long time back after seeing your pedas am tempted to make some now!!!

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myscrawls said...

Yummy pedhas.. making me drool... :)

jayasri said...

yup,looks so delicious, love it and will try it!!

aquadaze said...

Usha, tell me that you are kidding! Wow, pedhas in two minutes. Can't wait to make these, ridiculously easy to make and sound so sinfully delicious. Awesome stuff!!

Saras said...

Super fast Usha. Will try out soon.

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Gita said...

Yeah things do go crazy like that sometimes for me too...nice idea of making something sweet and getting over it :) Pedha sounds very interesting Usha...quick and delicious!

Devasena Hariharan said...

Looks easy, I always thought pedhas cannot be made at home.

Thank-god that u didnt pour the tea on you. I once did, I had a red patch on my thigh for days.

Padma said...

Peda looks very tempting Usha and such quick and simple recipe.

Mangala Bhat said...

Haila ..Quick and easy ..Nice peda! must try this!:D

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

tressed spelled backwards is desserts ! such a interesting observation n very true! pedhas look very yummy!

Shri said...

I have see only MW pedas never made them..After looking at yours, I will certainly give it a try!Lovely!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow pedas in 2 min sounds great!

Aruna Manikandan said...

Nice yummy Pedha's Will soon a give a try

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Valarmathi said...

Quick and easy one..looks tempting and delicious.

Latha said...

Nice looking pedas.

simply.food said...

So simple and easy to make.They look yummy

Lisha Ajish said...

I am first time here..nice blog and good space...Pedha looks great...and delicious..
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sushmita pandit said...

awesome...i love this quick peda recipe....superb.

The Alpha Queen said...

Thanks, I just made these for Diwali and they turned out just awesome! Love the rich taste and the quick recipe made it even better :)

The Alpha Queen said...

Thanks, I just made these for Diwali and they turned out just awesome! Love the rich taste and the quick recipe.

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