Kesar Peda

Peda or Pera is an Indian sweet made of dried whole milk / khoya and is popular in North India mainly Uttar pradesh (U.P.) and Delhi. We used to make peda with our home made khoya and prepare lots of it during festivals like Janamasthmi , Sankranti , Diwali etc. There are few variations in flavorings of this peda as well, like Cardamom , Pistachios , almonds and Saffron. Originated in U.P. , the most famous peda is considered to be of Mathura’s . Mathura, the holy land of Lord Krishna, Birth place of GOD. It is believed that the Peda were first made in Mathura around 4000 BC. One can imagine that these may be the sweet of celebration for birth of Lord krishna. They may be favorite and once loved by the Lord of Mathura. Sometimes history also preserve the essence of ancient life. These delicious balls are  not only a desert but a perfumed sweet story written long time ago about the most loved GOD of India that once played the Avatar of a Cowboy. Hence the aesthetic value mixed with softness of khoya blended with flavor of Kesar make it a bite of heaven. So you all will feel close to GOD. 

So today I am going to add this desert Kesar Peda to Regional food category under alphabet “K” for Blogging Marathon #32 ABC Cooking series. Let’s start the recipe .yum
Recipe source :

Kesar Peda

Kesar Peda

Kesar Peda


1 cup khoya /dried whole milk
1 cup sugar , powdered
1/4 cup milk
15-20 strands saffron
1 tablespoon almond or pistachios , thinly sliced

Warm the milk in a pan , cool it slightly and add saffron strands. Set aside.
Take dried milk /khoya in a microwave safe bowl , crumble it with spoon and microwave for 1 minute. Take it out from microwave , crumble with spoon and place in microwave again for 1 minute.

Kesar Peda
Kesar Peda

Add soaked saffron along with the milk in it and microwave for 1 minute . Remove from Microwave crumble with spoon and place it again in microwave for 1 minute. If it seems dried enough then it’s done , otherwise microwave again for 1 minute.

Kesar Peda
Kesar Peda

Now cool it till lukewarm , add powdered sugar and mix well.

Kesar Peda
Kesar Peda

Make small balls and press in between palms to give a proper shape . Or make it of any shape you want. You may use round cookie cutter too to get perfect shape.
Garnish with chopped almonds or pistachios and saffron strands.
Keep in refrigerator to set properly . Enjoy !!

Kesar Peda
Kesar Peda

Serve-15 pieces. Preparation time -5 minutes for microwave and 10 minutes for moulding.

Note: You may roast the khoya in a heavy bottom pan on low flame over stove too. But it will take more time than MW.
Make sure the khoya is lightly warm while adding sugar or else it will melt and  will be messy to handle. It can be used up to 15 days under refrigeration.

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32

Gujaratizaika”s 1st Anniversary Celebration

Gayathri’s“Walk Through Memory Lane” event happening at Priya’s Virundhu

 Cook With White announced at Merry Tummy

Come And Particpate

Best regards,

Sapana Behl

32 comments on “Kesar Peda”

  1. Those pedas look awesome

  2. Love the cute little pedas and I love the beautiful presentation…

  3. Kesar peda looks delicious.

  4. Amy says:

    These little packages of presents are so pretty. What a wonderful treat! 🙂

  5. Pavani N says:

    Perfectly made pedas.. Cute presentation.

  6. wow very very cute looking pedas dear 🙂 lovely presentation and makes me drool !!

  7. looks so tasty.. Perfect treat

  8. Peda are so perfect and cute

  9. cute pedas.. n super presentation

  10. Very attractive pedas, lovely presentation, love to have some.

  11. Wow, it so inviting, wonderfully made and presented in another high level.

  12. Srivalli says:

    Such cute looking pedas..very nice..

  13. Kesar peda looks delicious and inviting.

  14. hemalata says:

    Beautiful Kesar pedas, looks so yummy and nice presentation dear!

  15. Wow.. look so delicious and tasty. Lovely presentation.

  16. Lovely pedas and even more cute presentation. Thanks for linking it to my giveaway 🙂

  17. Janani says:

    They look heavenly so beautifully shaped and nicely wrapped loving the peda.

  18. really, we made the same dish…how much of a coincidence can this be…lovely recipe…

  19. Reni says:

    they look so cute ! love the presentation !

  20. Super dear,thanks for linking it to the wtml event, waiting for more yummy recipes…

  21. Beautifully presented Sapana 🙂

  22. Kalyani says:

    My daughter loves peda in most forms, you r inspiring me to make this soooon !!

  23. Just want to gobble up some.

  24. They look fabulous Sapana. Your presentation is beautiful…

  25. Excellent presentation of this cute looking goodies!

  26. Chitz says:

    They look so perfect like store bought ones.. Cuties 🙂

  27. Deliciously made peda.. Looks yum & perfect.

  28. Rajani S says:

    Very well presented…complete with cute ribbons and all!

  29. wow!!What a presentation!!!!Lovely click..bookmarked

  30. These look so cute and lovely! bookmarking this recipe. I will try this for sure 🙂

  31. These look so delicious. I love them. Bookmarking them Sapna

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *