Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Instant Peda


It's just been a week and it seems like I have not been on the blog for  months. It has been a long week. Phew! Lots of exciting work. That reminds me, I never shared with you guys the pictures of my first onsite photo shoot. This was sometime early May, I was approached by a local Indian restaurant to do a shoot for the launch of their food truck. Here are some of the clicks, nice to see  posters of my photograph used for advertising. Feels good! Am also working with a few authors on an upcoming e-book, some photography for a book cover. Let's see how all that pans out. Sorry guys, if I  sound pompous, I really love sharing my blog adventures with you. Frankly, it feels great to read all the lovely compliments, call me vain but reading your comments gives me the impetus to outdo myself. Believe me when I say this, first thing I do when I get up in the morning : check for your comments :). While we are talking about vanity, I did buy a super cute blue dress, can't wait to wear it. Moving on,  I do have my share of very strong critics, my mother who loves my visuals but will nick pick on minute details and my choice of props, and the grammar police, who is forever after me alias 'finally teen'. I also have my photo clubs, I just love their inputs. The grammar police is the hardest to deal with( rolling eyes). I love exclamation marks, and apparently there are rules,  it's unacceptable to have 3 in a row to have a space before them. If you do see space before exclamation, then you should assume that the grammar police has not come after me yet. ;). Sorry! to all the  grammar sticklers out there (sheepish grin). In a way am glad I do have someone to critique and do some quality control.




Photography by Simi J

If there was a peda - hall of fame, this recipe would be right there. I loved the outcome. It was a tad bit sweet for my better half, i.e if you try and eat three at once. They do get a bit hard when refrigerated, so I have modified the original recipe a bit. It has a low shelf life, you might not have to worry much about that. :) But expired condensed milk is something to worry about,  since it is usually in a tin can, it can get rusted. Well I have some visuals. Am not quizzing you guys to tell me which of these are expired. So watch out, those date are not random numbers.


 No this is not paint.  This has not been photoshopped to enhance color.  I found the old can tucked way back in my pantry, it had expired 7 months ago. Obviously, I was not going to use it but opened it just to see what it looks like. Note to self: read more about food safety in tin cans.







1 can of condensed sweetened milk
1 3/4 cup milk powder
3 tbsp clarified butter/ ghee
2-4 tsp milk
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp saffron

Mix the condensed milk and milk powder and mix well in a microwave safe container. Microwave for a minute. Mix well, add ghee, microwave for 30 seconds. Mix again. Microwave for 30 seconds, mix, add milk and microwave again for another minute, stir it in between. Remove, let it cool, preferably keep covered and once you know you can manage the heat. Grease your fingers with ghee, roll them, with a gentle hand. If you think it is too hard, add more milk and microwave for 30sec. Needs refrigeration.



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42 comments:

  1. Hi Simi, Do write to us about every kind of incidents and adventures that happens. I would love to read them. Great to know about your blue dress and let us know how many compliments you received. Also the peda looks super tasty.
    Deepa

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    1. Deepa, I was talking about compliments on the blog, not so much the blue dress. Thanks for visiting and will keep the stories coming

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  2. Finally..I have a simple Peda recipie..my all time fav sweet..and my lil ones' too..Instead of looking high and low..I would just come asking you from here on..
    Congratulations on the great work you are doing. I think your photography and props are fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Smita, next time you guys are over. I will make this for you! :)

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  3. Gorgeous and delicious looking peda. You have done a perfect job at it :)

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  4. wow !! just that ??? i mean..as simple as that, Simi!!!!...wow !!! loved the recipe..n bookmarked it.

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    1. sona,
      it is so simple that i did ponder a bit before posting!

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  5. Wow..awesome click..seems very simple Simi..

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  6. The food truck pictures are wonderful. You have captured it all beautifully.
    The pedhas are so mouthwateringly appealing. I go weak in the knees with sweets around and pedha is a childhood favorite. Specially around this time, Ganesh Chaturthi.

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  7. All your pics are great and you absolutely should brag about it.. and don't we all blog so our blogger friends/audience gives us feedback and appreciation.. I think its a wonderful that we have a way of showcasing all our unique creations.
    This pedha is very similar to "kalakand" that I recently learned to make - except the addtion of milk powder - which I see changes the texture. I was looking for a pedha recipe to try this week for Ganesh Chaturthi - thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Archana, i agree bragging rights can only be shared with fellow bloggers. thanks ! I love kalakand, will check your blog for the recipe

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  8. Hey, don't apologize for doing a great job and for your accomplishments. As Archana puts it, we are hear to listen and to be happy for you. Congrats on your photoshoot, how awesome is that. All the best for more.
    Pretty little pedas, simple and yummy.

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    1. Asha, thanks! As i said to archana, bragging rights can only be shared with fellow bloggers. :)

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  9. so yumm they look.. wish to have 2-3 right now.. drooling here

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    1. i know, they are so tiny and yummy!

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  10. I dont think anyone has made pada look so photogenic, comforting and like a luxury item. Amazing pictures. Where is this food truck traveling?

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  11. I'm amazed by this instant peda! I've never had it before and looking at it, I'd think it'd be a lot of work to make! Sounds very tasty!

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    1. Monica, it is so easy, all you need to do is just microwave and mix. Trust me its super easy. Thxs for visiting :))

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  12. Mmm.. lovely styling of drool-worthy peda's. Yum!

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  13. soft,melt in mouth perfect peda is so tempting....we just can't stop drooling over those pics...terrific recipe :-)

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  14. A delightful treat! I bet they are quite addictive.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. simple and easy peda..looks so tempting and mouthwatering...lovely presentation...

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  16. Ahahah I love that you share your successes. How very fun projects. I suspect that last pseudo sentence was grammatically wrong. ahahahha I probably have a grammar police talking about me behind my back but never directly to me. :) This quick peda recipe is similar to my mom and it's heavenly! You photography presented it very elegantly.

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    1. Shulie, am getting a bit tired of the grammar police :) thanks

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  17. Congratulations on the photo gig, your work is gorgeous so I'm sure you'll be getting many bookings. The peda look so tasty.

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  18. Nancy, coming from a talented photographer like you, this is a huge compliment! thanks!

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  19. That's an amazing recipe. I bet it tastes great. I am sorry you have so many critics. The fear of criticism can prevent us from being ourselves. Tell them to all go away. Congratulations on the photography job.

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    1. Suzanne, than you for visiting! I agree with you initially when I started the blog, i was very self conscious about every comment on my content and grammar, it did limit me from being myself...now! it does not bother me. Also my little grammar police, is my teen daughter, and some times she does proof read for me, which is awesome, so am learning and having a good time. As far as criticism, hmm I do agree, sometimes it can limit, specially unsolicited inputs. Am glad am growing up in that respect.

      and to all unsolicited advisers - go away ! as Suzanne says LoL!

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  20. Making it as we speak :-). I had a tin that was almost on it's way to extinction. Pedas are his favorite and will go with my son to his dorms where I am sure it won't last more than a few minutes. Thanks.

    My3

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    1. My3,
      am so glad you cld make this, let me know if it turned out well.

      simi

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    2. American dried milk powder is granular. So it turned out not so smooth. Also mine is a more darker color. A little bit like the milk cake. Maybe I should powder it before adding condensed milk. Also, I had to run my microwave more than 6 times. But it was an excellent sweet.

      My3

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    3. My3 I used American dry milk powder too. Did you mix it well in between, when you were heating it in the microwave. It needs to aerate so you got to mix it, add ghee and form balls with a GENTLE hand. So did you microwave it for 6 min altogether. Mine was done in 3 min.

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    4. The color might be because of the condensed milk, some brands are not as white. I used carnation

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    5. Yes Simi, but I will try it again. I like the texture of the gritty milk powder. I'll try it again with Carnation. I think mine was Eagle. No worries, as long as I have happy teenagers who are willing to try my experiments I am willing to make pedas ;-).

      My3

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    6. :) am glad your teenage kids liked it, I totally relate to you, having a teenage at home myself.

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  21. Great recipe...bookmarked :) The peda looks awesome!
    Shema | LifeScoops

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  22. Simple and easy recipe!!! The pedas look awesome and when you can fix a dessert in jiffy its a bonus!!!

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