Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Chocolate Pedha in under 5 mins ~ Indian chocolate fudge ~ Easy Diwali recipes.

You know how it is some days, you just want something with chocolate in it :)  One such day when I was tinkering in the kitchen , and was in the mood for something chocolatey,  I decided to try modifying my earlier doodh pedha recipe and make a chocolate version of pedha.  It was the perfect chocolate fix and was so quick and easy to make that I could not resist adding this to my Diwali menu this year :)

Initially I was not planning to post this, since there are already a few other pedhas in this space.  But just as I thought I might not post this, my friend called me up and asked me if I could suggest something really quick and easy that she could make within a few minutes for Diwali. And this was the first thing that came into my mind :)  So if you too are looking for a really quick sweet, that is also delicious, chocolatey and kid friendly, this might the pedha for you :)

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Ingredients and Method to make Chocolate pedha
1 and 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk (one 14 oz can)
1 and 1/4 cup dry milk/ milk powder (I used carnation brand)
1 and 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 and 1/2 Tbsp clarified butter + a little extra to grease hands (ghee/nei)
Optional garnish
a few slivers of almond

In a microwave safe glass bowl mix together all the ingredients thoroughly.

Place in microwave and heat on high in 1 minute increments for 3 minutes and 30 seconds, making sure to stir the mixture every minute. To check if done, cool the mixture slightly and if you are able to roll a little of the mixture between your fingers you know it is done. Try not to overcook the mixture too much as it will result in hard pedhas.  
Allow the mixture to cool a little until it is touchable.Grease palms and roll into a small ball, flatten gently and press with the thumb at the center to make a little dent. Proceed with the rest of the mixture in the same manner. Garnish with slivers of almond if using.

This recipe yields approx 20 med/ large pedhas. The yield will depend on the size of pedhas.
Store pedhas in an airtight container. It does not require refrigeration if used within 2 to 3 days .

My microwave strength is 1000 watts, so if yours is more powerful you will need to microwave it for lesser time and if yours has less strength it will take a little more time.

The milk powder I use has a very fine texture, if you have one that has a granular texture, give it a turn in the blender/ mixer/ spice grinder so that it is a little more fine texture. 

Other pedha recipes in this space,

2 minute almond pedha ~ Badam Pedha

Doodh Pedha ~ Indian fudge

If you are looking for Indian sweet recipes, here are a few more

Besan Kaju burfi ~ Chickpea cashew fudge

Badam Halwa ~ Indian almond fudge

Kaju Katli ~ Burfi ~ Indian cashew fudge

Moong dhal ladoo ~ Indian sweet made with mung bean lentil

Besan Ladoo ~ Indian sweet made with chick pea flour

Easy Rava Ladoo without sugar syrup 
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