Our last travel days through India we stayed in Kochin Fort. A small part of the megacity Cochin wich was built from Portuguese colonialists. Once almost abandoned, it is now a flourish center for tourists from all over the world with loads of super hip cafes and small fancy apparel shops. As we were looking for a post office to send home a Puttu steamer, we passed by the family owned and oldest pastry shop Ashapura Sweet house & Lassy centre in Cochin. Let’s call it fate, because we were about to find our next sweet of the bucket list with only two ingredients! The place is known for its traditional desserts and ice cold lassy.
What makes a dessert good
In modern pastry, it is very common to use loads of different ingredients and techniques just to get one final product. So it is even much more fascinating when one can do something great with only two ingredients. Sugar and milk. This happens when the Indian pastry chefs do their work. They created milk Peda! It so so simple and delicious, that I am wondering why it is not common in Europe. For us it was definite: we have to add this sweet to our bucket list!
Enough of the intro! Here is how you do it
1230ml of fresh milk
240g granulated sugar
Tipps and hints
- A pot or pan with a thick bottom is transferring the heat differently. It is most likely to get burnt when you try to cook it in a thin pot.
- When the dough seems too sticky, let it cool down more.
- Use fresh milk from the farmer only or at least fresh full-fat-milk from the store. Since the only main ingredient is milk, you can directly taste the difference of its quality.
- There is a very good Youtube video wich also explains how to do milk Peda .
How to prepare Milk Peda
- Boil the milk in a pot with thick bottom.
- Reduce the liquid while continuously stirring.
- When there is only 1/3 of the milk, it will start to get thick. Now add the sugar and keep boiling.
- Slowly a smooth dough will form.
- Put the Milk Peda dough out of the pan and leave it to rest for a few minutes.
- While it is still warm you can mould it into small balls and place it on trays.
- After a few minutes you can press a stamp on top.
- Leave it to dry for one more hour.
- Now they are ready!
Is your mouth starting to water?
Biting in Milk Peda tastes like a fresh glass of sweet milk with the consistency of a chewy mouth watering marzipan cookie. Try it and believe me, you won´t deny it :)!