Makan Peda (Arcot makkan peda) is a delicious sweet recipe made with all-purpose flour and khoya. If you have khoya handy this sweet is easy to make in 30 mins.
In a heavy bottom pan, add milk and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring in between to avoid burning the milk.
When it comes to a boil reduce the flame to medium and keep stirring and scraping the bottom and sides of a pan to avoid the milk from burning and sticking to the pan.
Cook until the milk becomes thick and solid consistency as I shown in the above picture. Now khoya is done (it takes at least 55 to 65 mins to make khoya). If you have store bought khoya you can skip this step. 4 cups of milk yield 10 tbsp of khoya. If you are using store bought khoya use the exact 10 tbsp of khoya.
In a wide bowl add khoya, all-purpose flour, baking soda, ghee and mix well. Add yogurt and knead a soft dough. If you find difficult to make a dough sprinkle little amount of milk and make a soft dough. Cover and keep the dough for 5 minutes.
In the mean time start preparing the sugar syrup separately and heat the oil in a pan separately for frying the pedas.
For preparing sugar syrup: In a pan add sugar, cardamom, water and allow it to boil. When the sugar melts down completely reduce the heat to low.
Now start making the pedas, divide the dough into small balls and make a dent on it and place the chopped nuts and seal the edges. Roll it into a smooth ball without any cracks and press gently in between the palms (avoid flattening it too much).
In a hot oil deep fry the pedas in a medium flame until the color changes into golden brown. Place makkan pedas in a hot sugar syrup, remove the pan from heat and allow the pedas to soak for at least 30 minutes before serving.