I have often spoken about my memorable Diwali memories here. Amidst the many sweets that were exchanged between friends and family, chocolate burfi or pedha always caught my attention. Looking back I can think of many reasons for this-traditional Indian chocolate based treats were not as commonplace as they are now in the 1980s and 1990s, it looked different and unique to my young eyes and it tasted good.
This Diwali, I'm looking forward to some fun times with my family as Hari and I will be travelling to my parents place and meeting the rest of the famjam. As I was thinking of what recipe to put up, this chocolate pedha came to mind as I wanted to offer a quick, easy and delicious recipe for those of us who don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And for those, who want to prepare some elaborate sweets and treats, I urge you to look into my Diwali recipe section.
These days a lot of treats are available for purchase so easily and one can order a variety of sweets and snacks online, from nearby stores or from the neighbourhood home caterer. Under these circumstances, making something with your hands is not just something very special but also adds the handmade touch to your festivities. The best part is that we have both options and can decide and choose based on our preferences and convenience.
Diwali also seems to be special this year, as the festivities start blooming again after long days of gloomy pandemic days.
However you decide to celebrate your Diwali, by supporting local businesses or by making something at home, my wish for you is that your life is filled with peace, prosperity, love and happiness. Stay safe and wish you all a very happy festival of lights!
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Easy Chocolate Pedha Recipe
Servings: 12 pedhas
Time: 20 minutes
This recipe is fairly simple once you have all the ingredients together. You will have delicious chocolate pedha within no time!
1 tbsp ghee
250 gm (2 cups packed) milk powder
110 gm (½ cup) sugar
125 ml (½ cup) milk
2 to 3 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
In a heavy bottomed pan, put in the ghee, milk powder, sugar, milk, cocoa powder and mix well with a spatula. Add the vanilla extract if adding and cook on low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes until the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan.
Turn off the heat and allow it to cool down. Take a tablespoon of the mixture while it is still warm and roll it into a round ball with the help of both your palms. Make a dent in the centre with your forefinger or thumb and add a slivered piece of almond or pistachio.
Don't forget to say a little prayer with gratitude and relish it with your friends and family.
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