Dharwad Peda

Dharwad Peda

Dharwad Peda

Dharwad Peda is a sweet which I never heard of or saw before coming to Bangalore. The very first time I ever tasted these were during my Seemantha (Baby Shower) function. Though, I must admit that they were not the best ones that I have had.

Then many years later, it remained a forgotten sweet, until I was gifted a box of sweets by a really well meaning sweet patient of mine. They were the Thakur Pedas, the Original version of the Dharwad Pedas. It was devoured by us and in no time we had an empty box staring at us πŸ™‚ They were the most delicious Pedas we ever ate! These Pedas are for one, are deep brown in colour and are hand rolled with a crunchy sugar coating. These aren’t overtly sweet and have a delicate aroma of cardamom.

Ganesha Pooja Offering

Ganesha Pooja Offering

We have a tradition of making a lot of sweet and savoury offerings for Lord Ganesha during Ganesha Chathurthi. To be precise, nine varieties, both inclusive. It’s a rather difficult task for a person like me (read lazy and impatient) to churn out so many delicacies in a short while. So, I always choose recipes which are quick enough for me to finish off and move to the next task. In my quest for such recipes, I landed on the Dharwad Peda this year. I referred a few recipes here and hereΒ and made my changes and prepared them. They turned out delicious and we really enjoyed them πŸ™‚ Hope Lord Ganpathi is happy too! Now, off to the step by step recipe without much talk.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Khova/Khoya (unsweetened)

1/2 Cup of Sugar plus extra to roll

1/4 Cup of Ghee

2-3 Elaichi/Cardamom

1-2 Tbsp of Milk

Time: 30 minutes plus cooling time

Makes: 15 Pieces

Method:

1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom skillet and add the Khova in.

Khova/Khoya

Khova/Khoya

2. Keep stirring the Khova continuously on low flame. First it will soften and clump together and then it will start breaking up.

Clumped up Khova- Stage 1

Clumped up Khova- Stage 1

Khova beginning to break-up 1

Khova crumbling Stage 1

 

Khova getting darker and breaking further

Khova crumbling Stage 2

3. You will start noticing the colour changing from creamish to a light brown colour and then to a deeper brown and at the same time the Khova will lose moisture and turn grainy. Its a bit of muscle work until this. It took me 12 minutes for the Khova to reach this stage. Be careful to keep stirring continuously under low flame to ensure even browning and to prevent burning of Khova.

Khova crumbled further into smaller bits

Khova crumbling further into smaller bits Stage 3

Khova Final Stage

Khova Final Stage

4. Switch off at this stage. Let it cool down for a few minutes and add the sugar in and mix.

Khova mixed with sugar

Khova mixed with sugar

5. Let the mixture cool completely, transfer to a mixer jar and add the cardamom pods (I used them whole) and grind till it becomes a fine powder.

Khova and sugar mixture before grinding

Khova and sugar mixture before grinding

After grinding

After grinding

6. Transfer back to the skillet, add a few teaspoons of milk at a time. Just add enough milk to wet the mixture slightly. It will become a sticky mass.

The powder with milk

The powder with milk

7. Heat the mix gently on low heat and in a couple of minutes, the mixture will come together as a lump without sticking to the pan. Switch off. It will be a bit loose but will harden as it cools. This would hardly take 2-4 minutes, so be careful.

The lumpy mass

The lumpy mass

8. Once it is cool enough to handle, roll the pedas into a cylindrical shape and then roll in some superfine (Or coarsely powdered granulated) sugar uniformly.

The Pedas

The Pedas

Sugar-coating

Sugar-coating

All done

All done

 

9. Your pedas are now ready to enjoy πŸ™‚ They store well at room temperature for a week

 

Enjoy ur Peda!

Enjoy ur Peda!

PS: Please excuse the poor quality of images. All pictures taken at ambient light at night with a mobile cam.

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4 thoughts on “Dharwad Peda

  1. Ramya

    Woww.. You have made it sound like a easy recipe. Will surely try for diwali. Looks delicious Priya πŸ™‚

  2. Priya Sutty

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Such detailed explanation. Nice pics too. Love it.

  3. Hema Kochi

    Looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe with pictures, will try some time.

  4. Renuka

    Detailed explanation Priya! will surely try sometime..

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