Microwave Caramel Coconut peda

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda are an irresistible sweet to try for any festive occasion. They use just 7-8 ingredients and can be done in less than 15 minutes (cooking time).

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.

What is Peda/Pedha/Penda/Pera?

Peda is a sweet dish from the Indian Subcontinent. It is a sweet which has a semi-soft texture or at times a bit chewy. The main ingredients used are khoya (Mawa), sugar  and traditional flavourings like cardamom, nuts etc. There are a lot of variations to the peda and a lot of fusion recipes do exist such a chocolate peda. It is also called as pedha, penda or pera. 

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.

Wiki says that the pedas originated in the city of Mathura. My native being Mathura, I am very much fond of the typical Mathura peda. We do have a special store in Mathura were my parents always buy them. The semi-soft and melt in mouth pedas of Mathura are super tempting and I always have 2 in a row :-). Have not had them now for quite a lot of time 🙁

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.

Coming to today’s recipe, I actually made this for last Diwali. Diwali means a lot of preparations and a lot of food. We had a get together planned at the last minute and I had to take something along with me which would serve as a gift as well add on the dinner table. Had no time to go in to the shop and buy something and that’s when I decided to try something homemade.

Caramel and milk powder were already lying in my pantry. A quick google made me land at this recipe. I loved her recipe as it was a quick version when you are running out of time and have all the ingredients. Today I realised I have taken this recipe from Mina Joshi’s blog, who is now a good blogger friend of mine. Do check her blog out for some wonderful recipe ideas.

I thought of sharing this recipe for the upcoming Raksha Bandhan festival as I am again going to make a batch of this. My son loves peda and let me pamper him with this moist and tempting, Microwave Caramel Coconut peda. He like other brother’s complains that why sisters get a gift, so I always make a sweet which he likes. A win win for both, though he also gets a gift :-).

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.


The Challenge

I am sharing this recipe for the Foodie Monday bloghop theme, #208MeetheBandhan, where it was decided to cook something for the upcoming Raksha Bandhan. The theme was suggested by Archana Potdar from the The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. Archana has a wonderful collection of recipes on her blog. She has a special section dedicated to recipes which will appeal to the old, but at the same time some lip smacking and healthy recipes for kids and teenagers. Do visit her blog for some wonderful ideas.


Microwave Caramel Coconut peda

So coming to today’s recipe of Microwave Caramel Coconut peda, all you have to do is dump all the ingredients into a microwavable safe bowl. (Glass preferred). Mix everything and microwave it in short burst of 1-2 mins each. After every 2 mins you remove the bowl stir everything again and back for 2 mins. When you are towards the end of the cooking process, around 9 mins go for 1 min intervals. In all I took around 11 minutes for my mixture to get ready and have the perfect consistency. Let the mixture now cool completely for 1.5-2 hours and then you can shape it as desired.

Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.

PS: Many of us are against microwave cooking and do not prefer to cook much in it. But this recipe comes in handy when you are really struggling for time. You can always try this on a stove or your hob. Just do the cooking on slow and it should work. 


Ingredients

  • 1 Can (397 gms) Caramel condensed milk
  • 400 gms Milk powder
  • 3 tablespoon of ghee/Clarified Butter 
  • 100 grams desiccated coconut
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2-3 pinches of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 10-12 almonds flakes or sliced for garnish

Preparation

  • In a large microwave safe bowl add all the ingredients except almonds.
  • Mix everything with a spatula and cook in microwave on high power for 2 minutes.
  • Remove and stir.
  • Repeat the process in batches of 2 minutes and at the end of 8-9 minutes in batches of 1 minute.
  • Repeat until mixture resembles a semi stiff mass. It should take around 11-12 minutes depending on your microwave.
  • Let the mixture cool down for at least 1.5-2 hours.
  • Once cooled, shape it into desired shape.I simply made it in peda shape, and then formed an indentation on the top and decorated with almond flakes.
  • Store this in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored in the fridge they stay good for at least 2 weeks.

Notes

  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15ml, 1 teaspoon = 5ml
  • When cooking in a microwave always use short burst of cooking. The food might get cooked fast and it might burn. 
  • One can use 1 min of burst instead of 2 mins.
Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.



Few More sweet ideas for festives on my blog


5 from 13 votes
Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.
Microwave Caramel Coconut peda
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Resting Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 17 mins
 
Soft and chewy Microwave Caramel Coconut peda is a sweet made using 8 ingredients in just under 15 minutes of cooking time perfect for any festive occasion.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Caramel, Desiccated Coconut, Milk, Milk Powder
Servings: 1 kg
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
  • 1 Can (397 gmCaramel condensed milk
  • 400 gms Milk powder
  • 3 tablespoon of ghee/Clarified Butter
  • 100 grams desiccated coconut
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2-3 pinches of saffron
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 10-12 almonds flakes or sliced for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large microwave safe bowl add all the ingredients except almonds.
  2. Mix everything with a spatula and cook in microwave on high power for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove and stir.
  4. Repeat the process in batches of 2 minutes and at the end of 8-9 minutes in batches of 1 minute.
  5. Repeat until mixture resembles a semi stiff mass. It should take around 11-12 minutes depending on your microwave.
  6. Let the mixture cool down for at least 1.5-2 hours.
  7. Once cooled, shape it into desired shape.I simply made it in peda shape, and then formed an indentation on the top and decorated with almond flakes.
  8. Store this in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored in the fridge they stay good for at least 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes
  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15ml, 1 teaspoon = 5ml
  • When cooking in a microwave always use short burst of cooking. The food might get cooked fast and it might burn.
  • One can use 1 min of burst instead of 2 mins.



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