Ricotta Cheese Peda or Malai Peda was introduced to me by a good friend during one of the festival get-togethers at her home. The term "Peda" is very common among sweets from India. It is almost like fudge but more of a semi-soft and thick consistency. Malai refers to the cream of milk. I loved the Peda instantly. When I learned how quick and easy it was to make this deliciously sweet, I definitely wanted to try it out myself.
As the festival of lights, Diwali is approaching in a few days, folks celebrating are getting ready with festivities and preparing sweets. For many of us, this Diwali may not be so vibrant due to the Pandemic. However we all need a reason to celebrate such occasions in whatever little way, so we can focus and be grateful for the good things in life.
How do you make Ricotta Cheese Peda?
I used the store-bought Ricotta cheese for this recipe. You could also try making it at home but I have not tried making Ricotta cheese from scratch. The other ingredients that go into this peda are sweetened condensed milk and milk powder. A little cardamom powder is added to enhance the taste. Most of these items are usually found in your pantry.
This is such a quick and easy sweet dessert to make and a crowd-pleasing one as well. It is quite tempting to keep having one after another as they are small and bite-sized.
Use a heavy-bottomed pan to make this sweet dish so that the cheese and condensed milk combined do not get stuck to the sides. You need to stir the mixture continuously for about 20 minutes, till it leaves the sides. Later milk powder is added. I used the milk mawa powder that you get in the Indian store. Finally, it forms a dough-like consistency. Cardamom powder is added to this and then the flame is switched off. Once cooled for about 10 to 15 minutes, make pedas by taking a small scoop of the mixture, making small round balls with your palms, first pressing it, and then rolling between both palms . You can use a little ghee while rolling an dmaking the pedas so you get smooth round shapes.
If you loved this sweet dish you will definitely love the milk peda (fudge) that I posted for last Diwali.Do check it out as well. Hope you have a safe, fun, and blessed Diwali if you plan to celebrate. Let's look at the bright side of life and forget the agonies.
Ricotta Cheese Peda is a sweet dish made with condensed milk, milk powder and ricotta cheese
- 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
- 1 can Condensed milk
- ⅓ or ½ cup Milk powder
- ¼ tsp Cardamom powder
In a bowl mix Ricotta cheese & condensed milk , transfer to a heavy bottomed pan
Heat the mixture on medium flame , it will first loosen up a bit
Continue stirring for about 20 minutes until the mixture starts leaving sides of the pan
Add milk powder and continue stirring till it becomes like a big mass of dough
Add cardamom powder to this and switch off flame
Cool the mixture for about 10-15 minutes
Make small round balls using your palm
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.