Almond & Saffron Pedas

I love sweets & mithais. Most of the times after a meal, I get the urge to eat something sweet :). May be it’s a sweet tooth :). Here is a recipe for some sweet lovers like me. It’s easy to make and something different too. The credit for this recipe goes to a friend from Erie, Subu. I had first tasted these pedas made by her, and fell in love with them the moment I took the first bite. She was kind enough to share this recipe with me.

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds
Milk to completely cover the almonds in the blender (All almonds should soak and not float. Use whole milk for better taste)
2 tbsp of ghee
1/4 cup mawa (this ingredient is optional. You will get it in indian store frozen section.)
1  cup of Sugar (the quantity of sugar should be the same as the quantity of the almond milk paste)
1-2 tsp of cardamom fine powder (freshly ground)
4-5 strands of saffron
Almond slices or Whole Almonds or Cashews or Pistachios or Raisins or walnut pieces or coconut powder for garnish.

Method:

  1. Boil the almonds in water. One boil is good enough. This makes the peeling off the skin much easier. Remove the skins from the almonds.
  2. In a blender add the almonds with milk, until the milk covers the almonds and blend into a semi thick paste.The almond milk paste should be very smooth.
  3. Add sugar to the same and blend again
  4. In a non stick pot, add the ghee, turn the heat to medium.
  5. Once the ghee melts, add the almond, milk and sugar paste to it and stir. Stir continuously, until the mixture starts bubbling, at this time add saffron and the cardamom powder and mawa.
  6. Keep stirring in a circular motion, until the batter becomes thick and leaves the sides and comes together and sticks to the ladle. You should check if you are able to form small balls with this paste.Turn off the gas and let it cool a bit.
  7. After it cools for about 20 to 30 minutes roll into balls or your desired shape. Garnish the balls with whatever you like. These pedas wont be stiff, they will be soft.
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