In India, these days are very auspicious and full celebration of Ganapati Utsav and Goddess Amba – Bhadarvi Poonam (Full moon day). According to Hindu calendar, the Ganapati Utsav starts from the 4th day of Hindu month namely, Bhadrapada (Gujarati calls Bhadarvo). Another festival of Goddess Amba’s utsav/festival starts from 1st day of the Bhadrava month as per Vikram Samvat – calendar of Gujaratis. A large number of devotees throng the Ambaji Temple during Purnima fairs held, on the full moon day, in the months of Kartik, Chaitra and Bhadrapad. Most importantly, the Bhadarvi Poonam is the birthday of Goddess Amba. Maa Amba is another name of Goddess Parvati or Durga, wife of Lord Shiva. It is believed that heart of Goddess Parvati fell on Gabbar Hill, Ambaji. There is very interesting history behind this story.
Yes, my family and I are follower of Goddess Amba and Lord Ganapati (also known as Elephant God). For Prasad, I made some quick and easy Microwave Peda (also called Pedha in some parts in India) on these auspicious days. Usually Peda makes from Khoa/Mawa, since Khoa or Mawa was not available in my house here so I tweaked with dry milk powder. I didn’t know we can make Peda so easily using MW. Long time back, I googled some recipes and found some interesting sources. Though, I haven’t followed blindly any particular recipe but prepared as per my choice adding some common ingredients. Actually, this is my second time I have tried Peda at home. It was huge successful and followed same trick again. So, I offered this Peda as a Prasad to our God. It is very easy and simple to prepare at home and yes, it can be ready in minutes.
Microwave Peda Recipe:
(yields about 23-24 Pedas)
Cooking time:less than 5 minutes
What I used:
- 120 gm/1 stick Unsalted butter
- 1 can (395 grams/ 14.10 oz) Nestle Condensed Milk (I used 99.9% fat free)
- 1 and 1/3 Cups Instant DryMilk powder
- 1/4 tsp Elaichi/cardamom powder
- A pinch of Nutmeg powder
- thinly sliced Almonds, pistachio or any nuts
1. Take a deep Microwave proof bowl and melt the butter for 30-40 seconds in microwave.
2. Now add the milk powder and condensed milk. Mix well.
3. Put the bowl again in Microwave for 3 mins. DON’T forget to mix in between.
4. Take it out and mix it well again and microwave it for 2 mins more. Mix it in between.
5. Let it cool down. Mix and knead with your hands when it is still warm. To this, add cardamom/elaichi powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well. Make round Peda or any desired shape or design. Garnish with chopped almond, pistachio or any nuts.
You can use Saffron or edible yellow colour. I like white Peda so I didn’t use any.
How would you know that your Peda mixture is ready? When your mixture is cooked, you will notice that it’s become something like crumbled Khoa/Mawa. It is ready for now.