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Kesar Peda

Saffron flavored milk fudge balls

kesar peda is a classic sweet made for festive occasions. They are delicious and made with very few ingredients, khoya, milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron. This is a easy recipe to make.


  • 500g Soft white milk fudge (khoya)
  • 300gms sugar powdered
  • ½tsp cardamom powder
  • 1tsp cardamom seeds semi crushed
  • 1tbsp slivered or crushed pistachios
  • A few strands of saffron
  • 1tbsp warm milk
  • 2 drops saffron color (optional)


  1. Soak the saffron in warm milk.
  2. Crumble the khoya (milk fudge). If very hard, grate the fudge.
  3. Add powdered sugar and mix well.
  4. Put mixture in a large heavy or nonstick pan.
  5. Heat on medium high for a few minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and cook till soft and gooey.
  7. Make sure to stir continuously, while on heat.
  8. When mixture is thick and gooey, add cardamom and saffron.
  9. Add the color if desired.
  10. Mix well and take off fire. Allow to cool, gently turning occasionally.
  11. Use cookie molds, or shape pedas with palms into patty rounds.
  12. Mix pistachios and cardamom seeds and press a bit on top of each.
  13. If using molds, first sprinkle some at bottom.
  14. Take some mixture and press into mold. When set well, invert and carefully, unmold.
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