..for the Christmas lunch at work tomorrow.
Pedas are traditionally made this way, simmering milk in a heavy pan for hours until it turns into a kind of dulce de leche, or rabdi. Further reducing caramelizes it into thicker, grainier stuff, which is then sweetened, shaped into pedas, and flavored with saffron and cardamom.
However, if you do not have several hours, you can make very good pedas in 30 minutes, by letting fat and the microwave do your job. There are several microwave recipes floating around, but these are the proportions we used.
– Melt 8 tbsp/ 1 stick of butter in a BIG microwave safe bowl.
– Add 2 cups of powdered milk and 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk. Mix.
– Now nuke it for intervals of two minutes. If it looks like its going to bubble over, take it out and stir. It will slowly start changing color. Shorten the intervals to 30 seconds and stir every time you check. The whole thing takes about 7-8 minutes.
– When it turns into a golden brown, take it out, add a pinch of saffron dissolved in a spoonful of hot milk, and about 1/2 tsp of powdered green cardamom. Remember it will brown some more After you take it out, so be careful.
– Let it cool a bit, then fashion into balls. Garnish with more powdered cardamom, slivers of pistachios or raisins. Or you can just spread it in a pie dish, cool, and score into diamonds.
– Makes about 20 pedas, the size of small cookies.