Milk peda

This traditional Indian sweet treat is made with just a few simple ingredients and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Milk peda

In today's blog post, we will be exploring the delightful and easy-to-make recipe for milk peda. This traditional Indian sweet treat is made with just a few simple ingredients and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Stick around as we walk you through the step-by-step process of creating this delectable dessert.

What Is Milk Peda?

  • Milk peda is a traditional Indian sweet that is made with a combination of sweetened condensed milk, yogurt, ghee, and cardamom powder. This delectable treat is then garnished with pistachios, adding a unique twist to the traditional recipe.
  • The combination of succulent main ingredients and Indian spices creates a rich and flavorful dessert that is sure to please the taste buds. The unique seasoning of cardamom adds a delightful aroma and taste to the milk peda, making it a beloved sweet treat in Indian cuisine.

Why You'll Love Milk Peda?

  • Deliciously smooth texture: The milk peda has a rich and creamy texture that melts in your mouth, making it an irresistible treat for anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Traditional Indian dessert: This recipe is a classic Indian sweet made with simple ingredients, and it's a delightful way to experience the traditional flavors of India.
  • Healthy twist: With the use of yoghurt, ghee, and cardamom, this dessert not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also provides some health benefits like good digestion and a boost in immunity.
  • Low in calories: Compared to many other desserts, milk peda is relatively low in calories, making it a guilt-free indulgence for those watching their sugar intake.
  • Perfect for any occasion: Whether it's a festival, celebration, or just a sweet craving, milk peda is a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
  • Make-ahead dessert: You can prepare this dessert in advance and store it in the refrigerator, allowing the flavors to develop and making it taste even better the next day.

Ingredients for Milk Peda

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: This creamy and sweet ingredient forms the base of the milk peda, providing a rich and indulgent flavor.
  • Yoghurt: The yoghurt adds a slight tanginess to the peda, balancing out the sweetness and adding a subtle complexity to the flavor.
  • Ghee: Ghee not only adds a rich, buttery taste to the peda but also helps in binding the ingredients together, giving it a smooth texture.
  • Cardamom Powder: This aromatic spice adds a warm and slightly citrusy flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the milk peda.
  • Pistachios for garnishing: The pistachios add a crunch and a nutty flavor to the peda, as well as a pop of color for visual appeal.

These ingredients come together to create a delectable Indian sweet treat, perfect for any occasion or celebration.

How To Make Milk Peda?

If you want to make delicious milk pedas at home, follow these simple steps:

  • In a wide microwave-safe glass bowl, mix 400g sweetened condensed milk, 2 tbsp yogurt, 2 tsp ghee, and a pinch of cardamom powder until well combined. It's important to ensure there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Microwave the mixture on high for 2 minutes, then remove and stir well. You will notice the mixture starting to get watery.
  • Microwave it again for 1 minute, then remove and stir well. Repeat this process every 30 seconds for up to 8 or 9 minutes.
  • Once the mixture becomes thick, remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool until it is barely warm.
  • Shape the mixture into lemon-sized balls and use your palms to flatten them slightly. Make a dent in the center of each peda and garnish with pistachios.
  • Place the pedas in the refrigerator for about 5 to 6 hours. They will taste the best the next day.

These key steps are essential in creating the perfect milk pedas for a flavorful and delightful experience.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with Hot Chai: The milk pedas can be enjoyed with a hot cup of chai, to balance the sweetness of the pedas with the warmth of the tea.
  • Serve with Fresh Fruits: Accompany the milk pedas with some fresh fruits like sliced mangoes or strawberries for a refreshing and balanced dessert.
  • Enjoy with Nuts: Create a platter of assorted nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts to complement the creamy texture of the milk pedas.
  • Pair with Saffron Milk: For a traditional Indian dessert experience, serve the milk pedas with a glass of saffron-infused warm milk.
  • Add a Scoop of Ice Cream: Elevate the dessert by serving the milk pedas with a scoop of vanilla or pistachio ice cream.
  • Savor with Gulab Jamun: For a decadent and indulgent dessert, serve the milk pedas alongside some warm, syrup-soaked gulab jamuns.

Tips for Making Delicious Milk Peda

Furthermore, I would like to share some of my suggestions for making milk peda. -

  • Firstly, try to use fresh yogurt, avoid sour ones because it may increase the chances of the mixture curdling.
  • Since the microwave cooking functions vary from oven to oven, you can adjust the time to get the right consistency.
  • Furthermore, if you don’t follow the time intervals properly, it will begin to curdle and look a lot like milk halwa.
  • With the same mixture, you can also make chocolate peda, just adding some cocoa powder when the mixture is done and knead it gently.
  • Grease your hands with ghee, while shaping the balls as the mixture is sticky.
  • Finally, use microwave-safe wide glass bowls, as the mixture raises while cooking.

Variations for Milk Peda

  • Flavorful Twists: Experiment with different flavors by adding a dash of rose water, saffron, or even almond essence to give your milk peda a unique and delicious twist.
  • Nutty Delight: Get creative by mixing in chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts to add an extra crunch and nutty flavor to your pedas.
  • Chocolate Infusion: For all the chocolate lovers out there, try incorporating cocoa powder into the mixture for a delightful chocolatey flavor.
  • Fruity Fusion: Add a burst of fruity goodness by mixing in dried fruit like raisins, chopped apricots, or cranberries for a sweet and tangy surprise.
  • Coconut Flair: For a tropical twist, sprinkle in some desiccated coconut to give your milk peda a hint of coconut flavor and a satisfying texture.
  • Spicy Kick: For those who enjoy a little heat, sprinkle in a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to add a warm and spicy undertone to your pedas.

How to Store Milk Peda

  • Store in an Airtight Container: Once the milk peda has completely cooled down, transfer them into an airtight container. This will help maintain their freshness and prevent them from becoming stale.
  • Refrigerate for Longer Shelf Life: For the best results, store the milk peda in the refrigerator. This will extend their shelf life and keep them fresh for a longer period of time.
  • Avoid Moisture: Moisture can cause the milk peda to become sticky and lose their texture. Store them in a dry place and keep them away from any moisture to maintain their quality.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Using fresh and high-quality ingredients is crucial for the overall taste and shelf life of the milk peda. Ensure that the sweetened condensed milk, yoghurt, ghee, and cardamom powder are all fresh.
  • Keep Away from Sunlight: Direct sunlight can affect the color and taste of the milk peda. Store them in a cool, dark place to preserve their flavor and appearance.
  • Consume Within a Week: Although the milk peda can be refrigerated for a longer shelf life, it is best to consume them within a week to enjoy their freshness and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use unsweetened condensed milk instead of sweetened condensed milk?

  • Yes, you can use unsweetened condensed milk, but you will need to adjust the amount of sugar or add sweetener to achieve the desired level of sweetness in the peda.

What can I use as a substitute for yoghurt?

  • You can substitute yoghurt with an equal amount of sour cream or buttermilk for similar results.

Can I make this recipe without using a microwave?

  • Yes, you can make milk peda on the stovetop by cooking the mixture in a non-stick pan on low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens and reaches the desired consistency.

How do I know if the peda mixture is done cooking?

  • The peda mixture is done cooking when it thickens and starts to leave the sides of the bowl. It should have a smooth and creamy texture.

Can I add other flavors to the peda?

  • Yes, you can add additional flavors such as saffron, rose water, or vanilla extract to customize the taste of the peda.

What is the best way to store milk peda?

  • Store the milk peda in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Ensure it is kept away from moisture and odors to maintain its freshness.

Recipe Card

Milk Peda

Milk Peda 2016-11-03 06:47:41

Serves 5                         


Prep Time   00:01        

Cook Time   00:09        

Total Time   00:10                      


  • 400g sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • A pinch cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp pistachios for garnishing          


  • Mix all the ingredients in a wide microwave-safe glass bowl until well combined. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Then microwave it on high for 2 mins. Remove and stir well. Now the mixture will start to get watery.
  • Microwave it again for 1 min. Remove and stir well.
  • Repeat the same process every 30 seconds for up to 8 or 9 mins.
  • When the mixture becomes thick, remove it from the microwave. Cool it down until it is barely warm.
  • Then shape them into lemon sized balls, use your palms to flatten the balls a little bit.
  • Then make a dent at the center of the peda (as shown in the picture) and garnish with pistachios.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator for about 5 to 6 hours. It tastes best the next day.         

By Santhi Therese    The Indian Claypot

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