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November 12, 2012

Chocolate Peda - Chocolate Burfi Recipe - Easy Diwali Sweets Recipes

Chocolate peda (the shortcut method using milk powder and condensed milk) is sweet number 2 from my kitchen this Diwali. After making the rava ladoo, I was wondering what other easy Diwali sweet I can make (with chocolate in it, I admit!), and zeroed in on chocolate peda. This recipe uses milk powder and condensed milk to make the job much easier, so it's a shortcut sweet. I mean, what else did you expect from me, eh? :)

Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets

My aunt used to make chocolate peda from scratch - that is, by boiling down milk until it becomes almost-solid and adding cocoa powder and sugar along the way. I have eaten countless chocolate burfi squares during my childhood (yes I was a fat child, why do you ask?) and this chocolate peda brought back those memories for sure.


Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets

Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes 15 small pieces
Recipe adapted from: Madhura

Ingredients:
1 can (~400 gm) of condensed milk
1 cup of milk powder
1/3 cup of cocoa powder / chocolate chips / chocolate chunks
2-3 drops of vanilla extract (optional)
A pinch of salt (optional)
2 tbsp of unsalted butter

How to make Chocolate Peda (Chocolate Burfi)

1. Heat a non-stick pan and add the butter. Turn the heat to simmer (very low) and wait until the butter melts completely.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
2. Add the condensed milk...
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
... milk powder, and
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
... chocolate pieces or cocoa powder (whatever you are using)
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
3, Continue to keep the flame low. Mix the ingredients gently together until they incorporate. If you are using chocolate pieces or chips, it will slowly start melting.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
4. Continue stirring until the mixture starts to turn smooth and add the vanilla and salt. Keep mixing. The mixture will start to thicken. Don't stop mixing at any stage, otherwise the bottom will burn.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
Soon - in about 3-4 mins, the mixture will be thicker and a bit harder to mix. Continue. Thank your lucky stars you are not my aunt who is making this from milk for her niece. The cooking time in that case will be at least 4 times longer!
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
5. After 5-6 more minutes of patient stirring, the mixture will be gloopy and thick and leave the sides of the pan, circling around your ladle. From this stage, continue to cook for another 2-3 mins. If you remove it too early, the chocolate peda will be fudgy and too sticky.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
6. Once the mixture is super thick and comes around your ladle refusing to let you budge it any more, transfer to a greased plate or tray.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
7. Pat it down with the back of your silicon spatula or wet fingertips (the mixture will be very hot!)...
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
... and stick some chopped or whole cashew nuts in there. Let it cool completely and refrigerate for an hour.
Milk Chocolate Peda-Chocolate Burfi-Diwali Sweets
You can cut the chocolate peda into squares (and call it chocolate burfi) or shape them into flat discs and call them their rightful name. I prefer the latter so that's what I did. Also, the difference in colour while cooking and the final pictures of the burfi is due to the difference in lighting in my kitchen and outside.

Phew! Chocolate peda and rava laddu concludes my Diwali sweet making for this year.

Wishing all readers a wonderful Diwali 2012. May your kitchen and tummies be filled with wonderful Diwali sweets and snacks.

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