Rose flavor is one of my favorite flavors. Rose to me is fancy, romance, elegant, decadence and fun. Pink color is very dear to me and hence I thought why not make a peda out of this flavor? Rose peda is flavored with triple dose of rose: rose syrup, rose water and powdered rose petals. Needless to say rose peda is very decadent. There are many ways rose can be used to flavor foods. Rose milkshake, rose lassi, rose pastry (as in mini cakes) rose jam, rose ice cream to name a few. Last year when we were in Paris we visited a local cafe I tried a rose macaron which was totally delish, will try that soon and share the recipe.
My mom or amma as I call her loves this flavor too. I remember as a child when we went out to restaurants to dine she always ordered rose milkshake. So whenever I make anything rose I remember those days. Wish I could share this dessert with her…
Makes about 30 pedas
About 25-30 minutes
- 1 14 oz can condensed milk
- 1 12 oz pack khoa
- 2 tsp dried rose petals, powdered and sieved
- 3 tbsp rose syrup
- 2-3 tsp organic rose water
- 1-2 tsp ghee
- 2 tbsp chopped pistachio
- Few drops of pink gel food color, optional
Take a heavy bottom pan add condensed milk and grated khoa and cook on medium flame. Add the rose powder, syrup and water and mix well.
Keep stirring. The mixture will take more time to form into a lump as there is more liquid in the form of syrup and water.
After 25 minutes when you see the mixture forms a mass or lump transfer to a plate and let it cool. Make sure to not overcook as the peda will be dry.
Smear some ghee on your hands and pinch out small pieces of the dough and make pedas. Place chopped pistachio and lightly press so it sticks to the peda.
You can keep peda at room temperature for a couple of days and refrigerate any leftovers.
Note: Rose syrup is available in Indian markets.
I usually don’t use colors, because it is Diwali I have added gel food color to make the peda look more festive. If you do not use the gel color the peda will look pale pink but there is no compromise in taste.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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