Mathura peda recipe – Mathura style lal pedha – Mathura ke pede

Mathura peda – Mathura ka peda – Mathura ke pede- Mathura na penda, this Mathura style sweet is popular with such different names in India. Today I will show a few quick & easy tricks to make that Mathura peda (mathura style lal pedha) recipe at home. Ingredients are very simple just, whole milk (not khoya/mawa), Boora (powdered sugar), and cardamom powder.

For making this Mathura peda recipe my step-by-step pictures detail will help you to make it perfect. Mathura ke pedhe is prepared just like other indian peda recipes with milk, ghee, and powdered sugar. However, the making process & texture of mathura pedha is different. The only difference is while making all Indian pedha(except Dharwad pedha) is basically made of thickened evaporated milk. However, milk is caramelized during its evaporation, or khoya or mawa is directly caramelized in ghee and sugar for making Mathura ki pedhe. That is the secret of its lal(red or dark brown in English) texture.

Originally mathera ka peda is invented in North Indian oldest & sacred city Mathura, that is why this sweet is named after the place. This sweet is the main offering & prasad of the deity of Mathura, “Madan Mohan, or Lord Sree Krishna” as prasad.

Though I make it differently, not in the traditional way but rather by using a few tricks which make it quick and easy. Believe me, tastewise my homemade Mathura style peda can easily compete with Mathura’s famous and best sweet shops pedha for sure.

Mathura ki sweet shop style lal peda

Mathura peda has a specialty of its super soft delicious brown-colored aka lal pedha and it easily melts in the mouth. Basically in the traditional method, khoya is caramelized for a long time for making this dark brown texture. However, instead of direct caramelizing khoya, I prepared the khoya from my caramelized milk. That method was much more effective as well as an easy & quick procedure.

Are you planning to make this Mathura peda at home with store-bought mawa or milk powder by replacing the milk? Then either mix up the milk powder with water or mawa with a little milk, caramelize it by following my way, and the rest of the method will be the same as mine.

As Dharwad’s peda and Mathura ka pede look alike for their same texture so a huge comparison exists between these two. Though according to taste and flavor Dharwad ka pedha and mathura ke pede are easily separable from each other. Otherwise, one would be considered as the copycat of another which never happened. 

As Bengali, we are best known for our sweet tooth so I always try to prepare the specialty of other states too. Due to that curiosity, I experiment with different types of sweets including peda in my kitchen, and today’s Mathura-style peda is one of them.

As every Shree Krishna Janmashtami, I prepare a special sweet for offering to Lord Krishna. So this year, I decided to prepare this Mathura peda recipe to celebrate the festival. Thought, that would be a good idea to save money and also a great satisfaction for serving such a pure, healthy, and homemade peda to my deity. Though these days covid situation also one more reason to avoid buying sweets from the shops.

Try this delicious Mathura peda at home, I hope my step by step detail will help you to make this sweet perfectly. Do not forget to share your views & valuable feedback about this recipe in the comment section below.

Even try some other sweets from my website for this Janmashtami festival

Doodh peda recipe

Malpua recipe

Rabri, or rabdi recipe

kalakand recipe

Happy Sree Krishna Janmashtami to all of my readers. May Lord Krishna give us the strength to deal with this current situation and save us all. Best to stay safe and healthy. Jai Shree Krishna.

Mathura peda recipe – Mathura style lal pedhaMathura ke pede

Ingredients of Mathura ka peda

  • 1.5-liter Full-Fat Milk
  • 6 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar or Boora
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1+1 /2 tsp Ghee

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 1 hr 15 min

Total time: 1 hrs 20 mins

No. of Servings: 14 pieces

Course: Sweet/ Dessert

Cuisine: North Indan

Author: Moumita Paul

How to make mathura peda with step by step pictures

First step- Boil the milk until half

  • Take 1.5-liter full cream milk in a wide pan on a high flame in the gas oven. Let it boil.
Milk is boiling for making khoya
  • Stir it continuously and especially from the bottom.
  • Milk generally sticks to the bottom of the pan if not stirred properly and easily gets the burning smells so do it carefully.
stirring the milk for making this royal mithai
  • Scrape the sides of the pan at the same time to collect the cream.
  • As the cream accumulates on the side of the pan.
scraping the milk cream from the sides of the pan
  • When the milk gets reduced to its half then remove the pan from the heat, and keep it aside.
milk reduced to its half

Second step – caramelizing sugar

  • Take another pan, place it on the lowest heat, and add 6 tbsp of granulated sugar to it.
  • Though I didn’t add water, you may add 2 tbsp of water to melt it quickly.
sugar is on the pan to caramelise
  • Let the sugar melts down and starts to caramelize by changing its color.  
caramelisation method is going on
  • Start stirring it and do it continuously till gets dark color.
  • Then add one and a half tsp ghee to the pan and mix it well with the caramelized sugar.
  • Stir it continuously.
ghee is added to the pan for mixing with dark caramelised sugar
  • Once the caramelized sugar completely mixes with the ghee. Then stir it until it gets a dark brown color.
dark brown colour caramelised sugar for making this mathura special peda

Third step – Caramelizing milk

  • Then add 1/2 cup of milk(from the reduced milk) to the pan and stir it continuously.
adding milk with caramel
  • When the caramelized sugar is completely mixed up with the milk. Then add it with the reduced milk. Mix it well.
adding caramelised milk to the reduced milk for making this special peda
  • Now place the milk pan on high heat and continuously stir.
continuous stirring caramelised milk

Fourth step- Making caramelized khoya / Mawa

  • Once the milk got thickened by evaporation. Starts forming khoya or mawa, then slows down the heat to avoid the burning from the bottom.
forming brown colour aka lal khoya
  • After continuous stirring when mawa starts to remove the bottom of the pan it indicates it going to become ready.
mawa or mava is almost ready
  • Cook it till the mawa or milk solid fully separates from the pan came into the center and easily gets a shape.
dark khoya is ready for making this mathura's peda
  • Then turn off the heat and transfer the khoya to a plate and completely cool it down. 
cooling down the khoya

Fifth step- Khoya with powdered sugar / Boora

  • Once the khoya cools down, mix 4 tbsp of powdered sugar or boora to the caramelized khoya. Mix it well.
  • Even you can use store bought tagar(a type of powdered sugar too) if it is available around.
powdered sugar or boora is added
  • After mixing with powdered sugar, If you feel it is too dry or hard, then you may mix 1 and 1/2 tbsp to 2 tbsp milk into it. Mix it well.
adding milk if the mawa gets dry

Sixth step- Giving Mathura peda like shape

Now start shaping it as your choice. Here I gave it a rectangular shape. As I first make its round shape then make its four sides flat. 

rectangular shaped mathura style lal peda
  • Now sweet shop-style lal mathura peda is ready with a perfect shape. As shown below pic.
all the mathura's shop style lal peda is ready

Seventh step – Coat the peda with sugar

  • Just coat the peda in powdered sugar as the famous sweet shops in Mathura do. 
powdered sugar coated with peda
  • My Home style Mathura peda is ready to serve.
dark brown or lal Mathura peda is ready to serve

Important tips about this recipe

  • Always stir the milk from the beginning to the end, don’t leave it unattended.
  • During caramelization also stir the khoya or mawa continuously and always maintain the heat I described in the instruction part below.
  • Though all the sweet shops of Mathura only use the elaichi powder in their pedas. But you may use other flavors too like nutmeg or mace if you want.

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