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- 1 gallon milk, for paneer
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 lb unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups milk powder
- sugar, to taste
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 2 tbsp pistachio nuts, sliced
To make peda cookies you will first need to make paneer, which is a kind of homemade cottage cheese. Begin by boiling the milk, preferably in a 5 quart non-stick pan. Stir in the lemon juice as soon as the milk begins to boil. Remove from heat when curds begin to separate from the milk. Cover and let sit for half an hour, or until it becomes solid. Strain through a cheesecloth, then tie the paneer into the cheesecloth and hang it up for about an hour so that it will drain. Finally, knead the paneer to make it smooth.
Fry paneer in butter for 5 minutes (frying will turn it into a paste). Let cool for 10 minutes, then add heavy cream and mix thoroughly. Add the cardamom and mix again, then add dry milk. Cook about 10 minutes over medium heat and then add sugar, stirring until well blended. Allow mixture to cool. When it becomes thick, form into small balls. Place ball in the palm of the left hand; with thumb make a well in middle and place in some sliced pistachio. Set in refrigerator to harden.