Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles

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Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all those celebrating!

Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival that honors Lord Ganesha and is one of the biggest celebrations of India. The festival marks the birth of Ganesha, the Elephant God. A ten day celebration is held where clay sculptures of the god are installed in temples and homes. On the last day there are grand prayers, street parties and feasts as the idols are taken to sea to be immersed in water. It’s an emotional day for many, especially for young children who anxiously look forward to the celebrations all year long.

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Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk TrufflesChildren are often attracted to the plump, dessert loving god who resembles a kid friendly elephant. My husband tells me stories about his childhood in Bombay and how he would go sit at the clay makers shop next door to his house. The clay maker would let him help mold the ears and other simple parts. As evening struck my husband would beg and plead his mom to take home one of the Ganesh Idols. Even to this day my in laws always remember my husbands childhood antics surrounding the festival.

Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk TrufflesDhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as lately Little Mirchi has been enamored with Lord Ganesha, his bhajans (holy hymns) and his sweet little trunk, to which she says “shnooooo” while imitating an elephant. I love celebrating festivals with Little Mirchi and teaching her the importance of our culture.

This year to celebrate the beginning of the festive season and welcome Lord Ganesha, I made Dhood Peda, sweet milk truffles as it’s said Lord Ganesha is easily pleased with simple pleasures and sweet treats. These dhood peda take only 15 minutes to make and require only a handful of ingredients. They would make a wonderful last minute dessert or gift to those celebrating during this time of year.

Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles

Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles
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Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles - A popular Indian sweet made of milk,cardamom, saffron and pistachios.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup milk powder / mava powder
  • 4 ounces sweet condensed milk
  • 2-3 strands saffron
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon rose water
  • ground pistachio for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon ghee for rolling out peda's
  1. Mix the milk powder, condensed milk, saffron, cardamom and rose water in a heat safe pan mixing away any lumps. Cook mixture for 12-13 minutes on medium heat, stirring often to ensure it doesn't stick. Once the mixture starts pulling away from the sides of the pan turn off the heat. Rub hands with ghee and while the mixture is warm roll 1 inch peda's between the palms of your hands. Continue to apply ghee to hands to avoid the peda's sticking. Garnish wish ground pistachio and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


22 thoughts on “Dhood Peda | Sweet Milk Truffles

  1. Been thinking about these ever since I saw them on your Instagram!!! Never made these before, but I think I’m going to try for Diwali. Question: how far ahead can I make these? Also, milk powder would just be Skim Milk Powder, right? I noticed whole milk powder in the store the other day and wanted to double check!! TIA!

    1. Hi Ritu, These should be for for 3-5 days as long as they are stored in the fridge. I used whole milk powder from the Indian store but I’m sure it would work with skim milk powder too. Let me know how you like it once you make it 🙂

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