Navratri Special: Celebrate the auspicious occasion with this easy recipe (Mintsrecipes/ Instagram)
No festival is complete without a delicious dessert. And Navratri is one occasion where you can whip up a variety of special sweet treats for nine days. Milk, dry fruits, and cottage cheese are among the commonly eaten Navratri-special foods, and you can use the same ingredients to make creamy pedas.
Kolkata-based food blogger Reshu Drolia recently showed us how to make saffron-flavoured malai pedas with homemade chhena or cottage cheese. And the recipe is quite simple, and requires some basic ingredients only. Try this:
For chhena/cottage cheese
1½ – Full fat milk
¼ cup – Water
1½ tbsp – Vinegar
2-3 tbsp – Milk, luke warm
10-12 – Saffron strands
260 g – Chhena (cottage cheese)
250 g – Khoya/maava
½ cup – Sugar or as per taste
½ tsp – Cardamom powder
Few drops of yellow food colour
Super Easy Method
Add milk in a pan and bring it to boil as you stir it continuously.
Turn off the flame. Allow it to cool for a little while.
Add vinegar to a cup of water. Mix well. Now pour it into the milk and stir. This will give you chhena.
Put a muslin cloth on a strainer and drain excess water from chhena. Cover it with the muslin cloth and let it rest for 10 mins.
In a small cup, add few tablespoons of lukewarm milk. To this, add some saffron strands. Mix well. Keep it aside for 30 mins.
In a pan, add the chhena and khoya and mix well. Now cook it on low flame for three to four mins.
To this, add the saffron milk. Mix and cook again for three to four mins.
Add sugar, cardamom powder and a little bit of yellow food colour. Mix all the ingredients till the sugar melts. The peda mixture should attain a thick consistency, after which you can turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down.
Now knead the mixture slightly with a spatula for two to three mins.
Transfer the mixture to a plate. Take a small portion of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Press it slightly in the middle and fill it with pistachio and a wet saffron strand. Make similar pedas with the rest of the mixture and serve it for your family members. Enjoy!
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