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Peda (Indian Sweet)


Peda, Milk Fudge

Pedas are an all-time favorite sweet. Pedas are like soft milk fudge. Pedas are grainy texture made with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom. Peda can be served as a candy or as a dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 people


  • 4 cupa paneer (home made)
  • 1/3 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (or ghee)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder (ilachi)

For Garnishing

  • 1 tbsp sliced pistachios


  1. Check the recipe for paneer and make the paneer with whole milk. For this recipe use 4 cups of milk.

  2. Heat the frying pan on medium. Add butter and let it melt. Next add milk, milk powder, and paneer. Mix it well.

  3. Cook mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts leaving the sides of the frying pan and becomes like dough. This should take about 12 minutes. Now this is known as khoya.
  4. Transfer the khoya into a bowl and let it cool off until khoya becomes just lukewarm.
  5. Mix the sugar and cardamom powder into the khoya and knead it for about a minute until every thing blends together and become soft dough. Note: if you mix the sugar while khoya is hot that will make pedas soft.
  6. Divide the mix into about 20 equal parts and roll them into round balls. Lightly press it down so it looks like small patty. Put few pieces of sliced pistachios on every peda.

  7. Pedas should be served at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Pedas can be kept for few days at room temperature and about a month refrigerated.

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209 thoughts on “Peda (Indian Sweet)

  1. hi manjula aunty!!

    your recipes are so simple yet so good, i just love them, i tried egg less pineapple cake, it turned out beautiful. also i tried panipuri and kaju burfi, everything was gud. thanks a lot. my hubby is a big foodie, he loves watever i make and also he said to say thanks to you from his side also.

    Thanks again.









  4. hello manjula aunty
    i tried making peda yesterday and it turned out so yummy…i am really happy with the outcome..thanks for this and so many easy and tasty recipies…keep up this good work..!

  5. i tried making peda with these proportions, but the dough became dry and granular. i had used vanaspati instead of ghee. it looked like kalakand in the end. please advise where i am going wrong.

  6. Hello Manjula,
    in your video, u said that milk powder, milk is 1/3 rd cup. Howver ur recipie ingredients text says that milk powdwer n milk is 3/4 cup. kindly clarify the exact measurement.

  7. Hi aunty
    I use the same measurement even it came out like churma the only thing I use is ghee than butter . I want to try again by butter but pls let me know where I m wrong? Do I have to smooth paneer before making khoya?

  8. Hi aunty
    I tried this recipe today. I used 3 tbs of Ghee and when I made khoya it was crumble I mean not like dough u have in ur video. I don’t know what’s wrong I can not make it together pls let me know. I used 1/3 cup non fat powder and 1/3 cup milk in khoya.

    1. You should try the recipe with the same measurements of ingredients. It sounds by your description that you did it a different way. You need to use paneer, milk powder, and milk as in the instructions. That should not turn out dry. Do again and see if it’s better.

      1. Thanks for your reply, I used the same recipe as in video only i used ghee insted of butter that Manjula anty reply to somebody that we can use that.

  9. hello Manjula ji,

    pls do tell us the recipe of making sweet Khajas that are offered to the Lord jagannath. i was searching for it, but was disappointed not to find!!

  10. hi
    ur recipe of khoya is really very easy n seems very good.hope now i can make many recipes with the help of ur khoya recipe

    1. Hi Ami,
      You can do so.I myself prepared with readymade mawa.You ll need to add a little milk to khoya to hydrate it and make a dough.
      Pedas turn out excellent.

  11. Hi Aunty.

    Thanks for this recipe I am planning to make it today.can u tell me which kind of milk I have to use ? 2% or fullfat? And what kind of milk powder ?

  12. hi manjula aunty,

    thanks for ur recipe

    is was really awsome

    my husband enjoyed eating the pedas and was very happy

  13. Namaste Manjula Aunty,
    I am very glad that I came across through your website. I tried making the besan ke laddoo….it came out fabulously delicious. The only problem was it was too less in quantity ;)..
    Aunty I want to try out this Peda recipe…the problem is that Milk powder is not available in this place.They sell Milk creamer instead of milk powder.The ingredients in it are semi-skimmed milk and sugar. Can i use the same quantity of that or should here be variations in its measurement?
    Please do tell me cause I am very eager to make this recipe for my mom as a surprise on her birthday.
    Thank you in advance.

  14. Manjula, I have been a fan of your website since I discovered it a couple of years ago. Thank you so much!!! My question is do you think it is possible to make a vegan version of PEDA?

  15. hi manjula aunty,please tell me in your recipes four cup milk is equal to one litre milk?it will be easy for me if you tell this.please.

  16. hi manjula aunty,
    yestarday i tried peda and got it very well.
    my husband liked very much.The mesurments you have given are perfect.
    Thank you very much.

  17. Hello Manjula aunty,
    I tried the peda recipe and it came it quite good.
    I have few questions though. Does the recipe call for ( as in video ) 1/3 cup milk powder, 1/3 cup paneer and 1/3 cup milk or 3/4 cup each as given in the text recipe.
    the pedas i made were a little sticky, not smooth like the ones in the video.
    And also can we use ghee instead of butter?

    thanks in advance

      1. Hello Manjula Anutie,

        your recipe for Peda is really good however like other readers I need to clarify the ingredients again. In the video, you show – 4 cups of milk, but in documented recipe says milk should be 3/4 cup. Which one is correct? Also, in the video, you use 1/3 cup of milk powder and 1/3 cup paneer, but in the documented recipe says that milk powder and paneer should both be 3/4 cups. Again, which one is correct? Lastly, in the video you had an additional 1/3 cup milk in a small bowl. What was that for? I did not notice that you used it for anything.
        Many thanks!

  18. Hello Manjula Ji,

    All your recipes are excellent. Thanks a lot for uploading these videos.
    Can we use the paneer which is available at the Indian market or does it has to be prepared at home? Please let me know about that.

    1. using the paneer from the store will make awful pedda’s as it is meant for curries like palak paneer mutter paneer etc and try using vinegar when u curdle the milk instead of lemon juice mix a table spoon of plain vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water and add slowly when milk is boiling and let it boil for 30 seconds or until it curdles as sen in Manjula’s video

  19. Hi,

    i used the exact measuresments and procedures,but my pedas we extremely soft, i was tired of putting in more powdered milk. please check your measurements before releasing on the net.

    1. Dont blame Majula as the measurments are perfect your peda’s were soft as you took off the pot from the stove too soon let it sit and keep mixing making sure they dont stick at the bottom (use non stick pot) until it is firm as S E E N in Mnajula’s video I cooked and they were perfect I added a little saffron and all at home said WOW and I said WOW to Manjula

      1. I agree…my pedas didnt turn out nice….and there is some mistake in the measurement!
        if u look at the video, manjula aunty is saying different amount of milk powder and everything but if u look at the ingredients in the written recipe, they are different than the ingredients in video
        so which 1 am i suppose to use…..should i go with the measurement in the video or with the measurement in the written recipe?

    2. Mine turned out fine too. Only thing different is that I had to cook the Khoya longer than the 13 minutes in the video but we’re at altitude here (5000 feet or so) … took about 17 minutes of cooking time to get it just right.

  20. Hi Aunty,
    I am a fan of yours.You teach really easy and delicious recipes.
    I would like to know what is the measurement of your cup?

    Thanks n regards

    1. Aunty pls let me know whats the measurement of the cup that you use for cooking.I want to try making some sweets for diwali but can’t start because i dont know the measurement of the cup.

  21. thnx for ur peda receipe but aunty i could not make soft peda.after one day my peda become very hard please suggest how can i make soft peda

  22. Manjula Autnie,

    to make the paneer for the peda, how much lemon juice should i use? Can i double the recipe if i want to make two times the amount?

  23. Hi Aunty,

    I made this dessert…it seemed nice but after pressing it into peda shape it had little cracks on sides…what could be the reason?

  24. hi aunty
    i tried this receipe and it was really too good.i prepared some pedas in sugar free so my father in law also enjoy it and it taste with sugar free is also too good.everybody like it.but aunty it get spoil after 2 days why it so happen?should i have to put it in refrigerater?

    1. Hi Mahi,
      Peda should not be spoiled for few days at room temperature unless it is very hot. I think you did not cook the paneer mix long enough and that can make the peda spoiled faster.

      1. i cook the paneer for long but i put the pedas in air tight container at room temprature does it spoil because of this?

        1. You must allow them to cool down fully before putting them in a container. If they are still warm when you seal the container then that will allow bacteria to start growing.

          I always keep milk based sweets in the fridge as an added precaution.

  25. Can milk powder be substituted with milk?. If so then how much milk has to be added. If not what milk powder has to be used?. My father-in-law likes this sweet. I would like to do it for him. Please let me know.

  26. I tried the peda
    after i put the sugar the mixture became a little sticky
    i shaped them in peda shape and put them in the fridge
    it became hard
    what is the reason for the mixture to become sticky after i put the sugar

  27. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    Simply you are the best! Your receipes are simple and great. I made peda today and came out like bought from store. I love to follow your receipes. Keep up good work, I love to learn new receipes from you.

    Thanks much.

  28. hi di,
    pedas comes out very good… can we make gulabjamuns with this khoya…plz let me knw…before trying i want ur recommendation…thanx

  29. hi manjulajee,
    thank u very much for the great and easy to follow receipes. i have tired mohanthal and peda they are very easy to make it. they came out very tasty. u reminded me of my mom simpicity and sweetness. me in london and my elder sister in moscow always follow ur website for new and good receipes.thanks again for ur good job.#we love u and ur receipes.
    with kind regards

  30. hello manjula aunt y,ur recepies r so easy and nice to learn thanks aunty for ur wonderfull recepies , aunty in this peda could u tell me the name f the milk powder thanks aunty

  31. hi manjula, is it possible for you to convert your receipes for peda in grams instaed of cups as i get confusions.
    thank you

  32. Thank you so much for ur reply on Gulabjamun recipie
    I’m sure going to try it….but along with it, I also wanted to make Kesar Peda.
    If i follow the same recipie as yours, when do I add saffron??
    and how much? do i mix it with milk?

    Thank you very very much for recipies…I’m 17 and before this I never cooked…My mom always used to force me into cooking but I always thought it was boring
    but when I came across your website, I saw the recipie and just to pass time, tried making rasgulla….the came out really nice and then my confidence increased!
    In last 2 or 3 only weeks I’ve tried so many recipies of yours and all turned out really really very well…not a single recipe that turned out bad
    My parents couldn’t believe that I actually made it! but now when i see my mom, proudly telling her friends and relatives about how nice i cook, i really feel special
    and the whole credit goes to you

    Thank you so so sooo much for the website and videos.

    1. Hi Dhrashti,
      Thank you for such a nice compliment, you made my day. I am also very proud of you. Take about 10 strands of saffron and soak the in 1 tablespoon of warm milk for few minutes and add to peda the same time you will be adding the sugar.

  33. Hello Aunty,

    I want to know if adding sugar when u are making the dough is ok ? or do we have to add it later ?
    iam thinking that adding later might leave granules of sugar in the dough and it might not taste pleasant …

  34. Hello Aunty, I am good at cooking and making various dishes, still i like to watch your show and all the receipies 🙂 … I am telling you are doing really a great job who are beginners in cooking and also for NRI vegitarians … Thanks for being helpdul to all…
    I have made peda from khoya but never from milk-paneer… In this receipe you have used milk powder… in market two types of milk powder available i.e. mava-milk powder and one simple milk powder(which is used to make tea as well)… So it would be appreciate if you can tell which milk powder you have used… I have both present in my kitchen 🙂


  35. Hello Aunty,
    I have tried lots of your recipes. Your instructions and videos are so good that the dishes turn out excellent on the first attempt itself. I couldn’t make any desserts before and now I know so many!!! 🙂 The Pedas turned out great but I used much less sugar than you mentioned. I was wondering if there is some error in the quantity you mention? Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes with us. While you make it so easy for us, I can only imagine how much you must have experimented to come up with these perfect recipes. Thank you for all your hard work!

  36. Hi Aunty

    I tried this recipe again but this time I waited until the khoya cooled off to room temperature and then I added ground white sugar and I had no problem. However the khoya would not form like a dough. So I put a little bit of oil on my hands and kneaded the mixture, it formed into a dough without a problem.

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.


  37. 4 cups of milk has been used for making Paneer and 3/4h cup for making khoya to which paneer and milk powder are added.

  38. Hi Aunty

    I try this your Peda today the khoya was fine until I added the sugar. I waited until the khoya was lukewarm but it still went soft. Can u tell me what temperature it is with a thermometer. For me lukewarm may be too warm may hands have adapted hot temperatures.

    Thank you

  39. hii aunty i tried ur peda recipe today..i use a ready made khoya in it n it still came out very tasty..thank you very much all ur dishes u really excellent iam gona try each of them very soon.. i also told couple of my fr’d bout ur site n they also tried couple of recipes n they were very impressed too..thank you for all ut hard work..

  40. Hi Jaya,

    Sorry to trouble you but I haven’t received a reply to question about the milk. I will repeat the question how much milk do you use? 3/4 or 4 cups? because in the video it is different to what you have written.

    I eagerly await your reply.


    1. Aunty will have to help on this because the video amounts are confusing to me too. I think the 3/4 cups milk in the written recipe is referred to as 1/3 cup milk in the video. Sorry I can’t help you this time.

      1. Hi Jaya

        Thanks for your reply I might try it 3/4 cup of milk first. Jaya I have left a question under the Naan Hyperlink as well please see my questions and reply as soon as you can.


  41. Hi Jaya

    thanks for your speed reply, however you only answered one question my first question was: In the video you say you use 4 cups of milk and in the written recipe you have written 3/4 cups, so which measurement is correct I am a little confused? please note I am not talking the paneer in this question just the milk!

    Manjula Aunty I made the ragullas again yesterday and once again just brilliant! They were so delectable and so perfect my dad could not stop eating them, this is may father description thank you once again.

    I would like to see you make malai kulfi because it’s sure to be a hit!

    Thank you

      1. Hi Jaya,

        Thanks for replying, I have my daughter 3rd birthday in a week, so if you could tell me know as soon as possible that would be great. I have posted a question about Aunty’s Naan recipe as well (under the naan link ) please reply to that as well.

        Thank you,

  42. Hello Aunty,
    I have tried most of your dishes and all of them turned really great. I learnt so many dishes which i didn’t know to cook. Now on every birhtdays and parties i make delicious dishes from your website.
    Thanks a lot.

  43. Four cups of milk will turn into 3/4 cup of paneer!

    Don’t use ricotta cheese, use the paneer you make from the 4 cups of milk. Under another heading, she has the method for making paneer.

  44. Hi Aunty

    i have two questions:
    1. In the video you say you use 4 cups of milk and in the written recipe you have written 3/4 cups, so which measurement is correct I am a little confused?
    2. do you use homemade paneer or ricotta cheese?

    I eagerly await your reply Aunty.
    Thank you,

  45. Hi Aunty

    I have two question:
    1. how much fresh milk do you use because in the video you state 4 cups and in the written recipe you say 3/4 cups?
    2. Do you use homemade paneer or ricotta from the store?

    please reply as soon as you can. I love your rasgulla recipe. I am making this recipe for my dad tomorrow morning.

    Thank you,


  47. Hi aunty,
    I saw ur website & learnt how to make pedas .
    But my doubt is that wether I can make pedas only with milk powder .If so pls send me the procedure ..Thanks

  48. Hi Aunty,
    I enjoy the dessert recipes very much…
    i tried to make peda but after i added the sugar it became very liquid type…what can i do at this moment?i added the sugar after the khoya had cooled ….but then it became very liquid type so…any solution to this…?

    1. Hi Vinuta, the only time this happend if one add the sugar in warm khoya, if you will cook more it will become chewi so try to add dry milk powder if that should help.

  49. Would love a recipe for mango burfi. I read your recipe for Paneer Burfi — bread in burfi! Must try it.
    Thank you.

  50. Hi Aunty,
    I have been looking for a good ‘Milkcake’ sweet recipe. But haven’t found one, please put up one if you have.

  51. hello ,I try u’r receipes its yummy .Just i want to know the receipe for Soanpapdi also so that i can try that for the next festival.tanx

  52. hello manjulaji
    i tried yr recipe of pedas’s and it is good. i want to ask one thing that in your ingredients it is written 3/4 cup and when u tell u say 1/3 cup. so what measurement we should take 3/4 cup or 1/3 cup?

  53. hello manjula aunty
    i liked yr receipe. it would be nice if u add some more new recipes like for ground nut chikki and kaju katli, eggless
    cake because we dont eat eggs. in south india, i have eaten something called paal cake, but it is made of milk, sugar, ghee and
    2 spoons of sooji. do you know that recipe. it looks similar to kajukatli

  54. Hello Aunty,

    Should i use 1/3 rd or 3/4 th cup of paneer,milk powder and milk with 1/2 cup of sugar.


  55. hi auntie I would really like to thank you. I really like to cook, but I have tried different cooking book but i was not able to achieve same results. your recipes are very precise and easy to follow. I really appreciate your work.

  56. Hi ,

    Firstly thanks for such wonderful recipes.
    I never used to cook at home but now after seeing your videos i have started trying different things and results are making me try out new things…
    My mom also wants to thank u for teaching me good stuffs.

    I tried out Peda just now with ready made paneer, It came out well.
    I will try doing next time with home made paneer(Ofcourse after learning from your website).


  57. Hi Manjula Aunty,
    I have got khoya powder from my local grocery store. So can i use the khoya powder instead of making the khoya. So I could cut the steps in between. Or should I get milk powder and make khoya out of it. It would be great if you could reply as I really like pedas…
    Thank you so much

  58. Hi,
    Just have a question about khoya.Is this the same khoya that is used in other sweets as well?
    Can I freeze khoya/

  59. Aloha, Auntie Majula: Regarding milk powder: I can find only non-fat milk powder (Carnation brand) in my local grocery store. Do I add a Tablespoon more of the unsalted butter if I use non-fat milk powder? Or where can I source online for whole milk powder? Do you use whole fat milk powder or can I use non-fat milk powder. Do you use whole milk for the recipe? I don’t mind using full-fat milk! Mahalo nui loa.

  60. I tried this recipe as they are my fav but it didnt turned out to be so good i was just not able to make balls in the end it just dont stick dunno why?wht i did wrong?

  61. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    Today tried the recipe of Peda. It came out excellent. What any easy and simple recipe and yet so delicious. Thank you so much for giving as so many easy to make and fabulous recipes.

    Am sure, hubby is going to be very happy after eating Pedas.
    Thanks again,

  62. Dear Manjula,

    Is Koya the same thing as the Paneer block in the Indian store? I saw on the internet that you can buy Koya and grate it.

    Can I do that instead to save time? How would I do that with your recipe?

    Thanks again very much. I have to try it out before I can make it with the kids for the Event.

    1. Rehana,
      Khoya will not work, I have tried with store baught paneer, cut the paneer in pieces blend in food processor using milk use 11/2 time milk then recipe ask for. If you are trying to make 1000 pieces may be this is the way to go.
      Good luck and please let me how did it go.

  63. Dear Manjula,

    Do I have to make the Paneer myself or can I use the ready made Paneer block that I can buy at the Indian store? I ask because I am making this with the kids for an International Event at my school and it would save us alot of time. We have over 1000 kids at the school.

  64. Aunty
    For Milk Powder , should i use the creamer ?
    The way you have shown this recipe , looks simple and tempting to give a try.

  65. Ur recipe looks so easy, i m surely going to try this, but i have a doubt about the measurements u mentioned.
    Your video say 1/3 cup of milk and milkpowder, but the written recipe says 3/4 cup of milk and milkpowder.
    Kindly reply which one to follow…thanks.

  66. Thank you so much for this recipe!! I love your videos!
    Just a quick question: can you use any milk ? like can i use semi-skimmed or must it be full fat milk?

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