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Milky Treats
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Milky Treats

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Milk as we all know is packed with protein. It contains all the nine essential amino acids that humans need. It is also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, vitamin D and vitamin B. Listed here are some delightful milk recipes for you…

1. Pedas

[Cuisine: North Indian]

Pedas are creamy, slightly sticky, soft fudge like milk sweets are rich and sinfully delicious.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Milky Treats

1 litre whole milk

1 teaspoon clarified butter/ghee

4 table spoons sugar

1 teaspoon cardamom ground/nutmeg powder

10-12 pistachio nuts chopped

Place milk in a heavy bottomed pan and reduce to 1/3 quantity while stirring continuously on medium flame. This should take about 15-18 minutes. When milk has solidified [khoya], allow it to cool and refrigerate briefly [approx 15 minutes].

Melt ghee in a saucepan over low heat. Crumble the khoya into the saucepan and stir it over low heat for 5 minutes. Now add the sugar and mix well. Remove pan from heat and using a wooden spatula beat the beat mixture until smooth and pliable. Cool thoroughly.

Divide the mixture into 10 parts and roll it in your palms to small biscuit like shape. Press the centre slightly to make a depression. Place each peda on a non stick surface or oiled plate. Sprinkle over with cardamom/nutmeg powder. Pat down gently. Finally press a little of the chopped pistachios into each peda. Allow the pedas to dry out fully before storing.

2. Bombay Pudding

This is a light milk and semolina pudding with a hint of lemon.

Prep time: 10-12 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

Milky Treats

2 cups semolina

2 cups milk

1 cup water

1 egg beaten

3 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

1 lemon juice extracted

½ tsp cardamom powder

A small pinch of ground cloves

Ina heavy pan roast the semolina on moderate heat till light brown. Transfer semolina to a plate and add water and milk to the pan. Bring to boil and add semolina to it stirring constantly. Cook till it is quite thick. Turn this onto a buttered plate and cool. Shape and smoothen it into a flat cake. Refrigerate and when cake is firm cut it into squares.

Brush the squares with beaten egg and coat with flour. Next heat butter in a pan and fry these coated squares to a golden brown. Transfer to an oven proof dish and place them inside an oven on a low temperature to keep warm.

Next combine sugar, lemon juice, spices and half cup water in a small pan and bring to boil. Cook to a thick syrupy consistency. Pour syrup over the squares before serving.

3. Easy Milk Fudge

Yummy and Chewy, this is easily made using milk powder.

Prep time: 10-12 minutes Cooking time: 20- 25 minutes

Milky Treats

½ cup sugar [brown or white]

1 cup water 3 tablespoons ghee/ unsalted butter

1 2/3 cups milk powder

1/3 cup chopped nuts & dry fruits [reserve some for garnishing] Optional

Place sugar and water in a heavy bottomed vessel and heat on medium flame. Once the sugar has melted, increase to full flame and boil for 10 minutes to make syrup. Turn off flame. Allow this to cool. Next add the ghee and milk powder and combine well. When the mixture is smooth replace on low flame and cook stirring constantly using a wooden spatula [approx 4-5 minutes].

Transfer onto a grease proof paper spread on a dish. Flatten and cut into desired shape when cool. Press the powdered dry fruits and nuts over it [optional].

This fudge keeps for 3-4 days.