I must have something for Roses. I like the Dried Rose Petals way better than the fresh flowers. Weird, I know.
I bought a bunch of Dried Rose Petals from my last trip to Istanbul and I decided I will make some Rose Peda by using them. The Rose essence paired with crushed rose petals.., bring out such subtle flavors from these Rose Peda or Gulab Pedas.
To kick off this year’s festive season, I made Rose Peda or as you call it Rose Flavored Milk Fudge. I saw the recipe and I had to try it. I did alter the recipe by replacing mawa with milk powder.
I always kick off the festive reasons by making something sweet – could be an Indian dessert-like peda, kheer or cakes. For me, my celebrations start with my son’s birthday in September (Double Chocolate Cake with a Mocha Buttercream frosting. Coming soon) then fall baking, Durga Puja and then Diwali sweets. I make a variety of Kheers or Peda or even a delicious Phirni
Even though I would love to make something elaborate for the festive seasons but honestly, I’m time-crunched. Given how limited time I have on hands, given all other chores, I try to come up with ideas and plans to make something quick like these Instant Peda. However, it’s against my policy to compromise on the flavors. My Indian desserts are always bursting with flavors like cardamom, rose, etc.
One of my friends had gotten me these beautiful Sandesh press which I used on these Rose Pedas to make that flower print. Beautiful, isn’t it?
These Rose Pedas will simple melt in your mouth. Made with Ricotta Cheese, crushed Rose petals, Rose essence.., these Rose pedas are delicate, flavorful and insanely addictive. And one peda will never be enough.
They make awesome gifts for your family, friends and co-workers. Don’t you love it, when you are given something homemade instead of store-bought? You can easily go to a store and buy pedas but nothing tastes like the homemade ones.
With that note, hope all of you had an awesome Diwali. These are the months to celebrate, my friends. Enjoy the food, frolic and the weather and be thankful for what we have.
Original Recipe adapted from Crave Cook Click with alterations on my end.
- 1 cup chhena/ricotta cheese. Use homemade paneer if you don’t have ricotta available
- 1 cup of milk powder
- 1 cup condensed milk
- 4 TBSP Rose Water
- 1 TSP crushed dried rose petal
- Mix everything and cook the mixture for at least an hour in low flame.
- Keep stirring at regular intervals.
- After an hour the mixture will thicken.
- Remove it from the gas, transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight.
- Next day make pedas and garnish with dried rose petals and silver paper.
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