Arcot Makkan Peda

Ingredients : Yields 20 makkan pedas

Mawa /Khoya- 1 1/2 cup (Make mawa with milk powder-recipe below)

Maida -1 1/2 cup

Cooking soda - 1/4 tsp

Almond, pistachios, cashew -5 to 10  each chopped

Raisins- 10-15

If using below microwaved mawa (recipe given below) then need not add ghee or else add ghee + vanaspati - 2 tbsp

Veg oil - for deep frying


Sugar syrup:

Sugar -2 1/2 cups

Water -2 1/2 cups


Note : How to make mawa/Khoya in microwave in 3 minutes

Make mawa by mixing 1 1/2 cups of milk powder + 2 tbsp unsalted butter/ghee + 1-2 tbsp whole milk. Mix this into a crumbled wet consistency( add milk just enough to wet the milk powder)and microwave it for 2 1/2 -3 minutes by mixing it every 30 seconds so it does not rise and spill. Until the dry mawa texture is attained.


Method:

Mix the mawa , maida, cooking soda, (if adding) ghee + vanaspati. Sprinkle 1-2 tsps water and knead it into a dough. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes covered.


For making sugar syrup:

Meanwhile boil the water for the syrup first *then add sugar (this reduces the cooking time by half )

wait for a minute until the sugar dissolves  then lower the heat to medium-low and allow it to thicken into a syrupy consistency.(which takes 5-7 minutes).Then keep it on the lowest flame possible until u drop the first set of pedas into it. (If u boil the syrup in full flame it alters the taste of sugar gives slight bitterness)

Now u should be ready to fry the peda and drop into the hot syrup (the hot syrup ensures peda soaks and absorbs the sugar)


For making peda:

Take the dough and make lemon sized rounds of equal size then take a round make a depression in the center and fill it with a pinch of chopped nuts and raisins mixture . Close and seal edges and shape it back to smooth rounds slightly flatten the top.Repeat same to fill all the rounds. Keep each one on a plate without touching each other.


Heat oil then reduce flame to medium heat. (There should be enough oil to submerge the peda completely ) Add 5-6 pedas and fry to golden brown by turning one side to another very gently.Ensure all sides are evenly colored. It will take about 5-7 minutes in right temperature.

Note:

If heat is more : It will fry very fast and the inside will not be cooked

If heat is low then the pedas would begin to crack and break and the filling would come out. If u see them cracking slightly on top increase heat immediately to prevent it. Then lower it again gradually.


When the peda is fried remove it on to a paper towel roll it three or four times on it and immediately transfer into the sugar syrup.Allow the makkan pedas to soak for 2 hours and overnight for best results. (Use a flat bowl for soaking in a single layer as the pedas will expand and break if stacked in a deep dish)


Crush some pistachios and decorate on top.

Serve the makkan peda as a dessert for any special occasion.