Peda or pera is a sweet delicacy from the state of Uttar Pradesh. This sweet is traditionally offered during festivals to Gods and Goddesses but is also enjoyed throughout the year. The word peda literally means a blob of dough made any ingredient.
History of Peda
The peda recipe originates from the town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Mathura till date is assoociated with this amazing, mouth watering sweet. The peda recipe followed by the sweet makers of Mathura has khoya as the main ingredient. Sugar, cardamom powder and nuts like pistachios and almonds are the other ingredients without which this sweet cannot be created.
Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Peda
The khoya used for making pera needs to be of a high quality as the flavour of the sweet comes from it. This sweet needs careful supervision when being made. The peda recipe advises this sweet to be made on low flame and stirred continuously to get the maximum flavour. Only when the khoya is cooked properly and gives out the mesmerizing fragrance, the peda is ready to be shaped.
Pera is usually prepared on gas stoves but with modern amenities it can also be prepared in a microwave.
Serving and Eating Peda
Peras are usually served as a prasad to Gods. They are sold in bulk near temples and usually served in cones made from sal leaves. Apart from the temples, this is also a favoured sweet at home for any function. They are made at home and served as a dessert or as an accompaniment along with other savouries.
Types of Pera
The basic peda recipe has guided sweet makers to create large varieties of peda. Nowadays peras are available not only in different shapes and sizes but also in various flavours and colours. In few places, the basic ingredient, khoya, has been replaced by milk or milkmaid.
Milk is added along with khoya in some places to reduce the calorie content of the sweet. The taste and texture undergoes no change by the addition of milk.
Peras are usually white in colour but nowadays saffron or other food colours are added to create various coloured pedas. To enhance the taste and the aroma rose water and ghee is also added to the sweet.
Health and Nutrition Facts of Peda
This sweet has very less protein and carbohydrate content but has very high fat content.