As a part of my offering, I prepared special pedas using my mother-in-laws full proof recipe. These pedas are very special. Pedas or Pendas are of so many types and flavors, but these ones are specifically from Mathura. Irregularly shaped, dark brown, slightly spiced, sugar coated ones are very popular in Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna, and these pedas are called Mathura ke Pede. I have fond memories of Mathura, and so these are my favorite.
Grate or crumble Khoya/mawa into a bowl.
To every 1 cup khoya/mawa/dehydrated milk add 1/4 cup regular sugar and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
Powder 1/4 cup + 2tbsp. of sugar and set it aside. Also keep 1 tsp. nutmeg powder, 1 tsp. clove powder, and 1 tsp. cardamom powder ready.
Transfer sugar and mawa mixture into a heavy bottom nonstick pan.
Roast the mixture over medium to low heat till it turns brown.
This process would take around 20-30 minutes.
Turn off the heat.
Immediately add 1 tsp. nutmeg powder, 1 tsp. clove powder, and 1 tsp. cardamom powder. Mix well. These spices are really important. This is what gives these Pedas a distinctive flavor.
Also add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to the mixture while the mixture is nice and hot. Mix well. Keep 2 tbsp. powdered mixture aside for coating pedas.
(I usually grind regular sugar in my mixer grinder to powder it. Keep your spices and powdered sugar ready before you start roasting mawa mixture)
Form small, irregularly shaped, rock like structures and roll them in some powdered sugar.
Deliciously Sweet and Spiced Pedas are ready to serve!!