As the cold winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchmi or Vasant Panchami. The festival, it signifies the beginning of Vasant Rutu(ritu)(Spring season). Vasant is associated with freshness and a new beginning in all spheres of life. For Vasant Panchami the yellow color dominates for not only do people wear yellow colored cloths, even the food that’s prepared as offering to the goddess is also yellow. My today’s recipe is Malai Peda- A rich sweet flavored with saffron and generously garnished with pistachios..
1 cup Milk powder1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream1/3 cup Powder sugar1 1/2 tablespoon Milk1/4 teaspoon Saffron strands1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder1 1/2 teaspoon GheeSome roughly crushed Pistachios.
* In a heavy bottomed cooking pot, melt 1tsp ghee and add heavy whipping cream and milk powder.* Cook till the mixture gets thick on low to medium heat.* In 1tbls hot milk dissolve the saffron strands to get the yellow color.* Once the mawa(whipping cream & milk powder) starts getting thicker, stir the dissolved saffron till it gets solid. (almost 7-8 minutes)* Remove from the stove when it gets thick.* Spread on a plate and allow it to cool down completely.* Break the lumps after cool down and mix sugar and cardamom powder in it.* Apply just little ghee on your palm and make small balls with your fist.* Use knife to make designs on it. * Stick some pistachios on the Peda.* Serve.* Enjoy…
Full recipe: Malai Peda (Milk Fudge)