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Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen
Malai Peda

Prep: 10 minutes (+ 4 hour soak) | Active: 15 minutes | Inactive: 15 minutes | Makes 10 or more

Malai Peda is a melt-in-the-mouth sweet usually made of condensed milk and milk powder, and a flavor such as saffron. This version has cashew cream, oat flour, white flour, and sugar.

Posted by Vegan Heritage Press Published See Vegan Heritage Press's 3 projects » © 2022 Richa Hingle · Reproduced with permission. · (Recipe and photo from Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, copyright © 2015 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.)
  • Step 1

    Blend the cashews with 2 tablespoons of almond milk into a smooth thick cashew cream. Use more almond milk or 1/2 cup thick cashew cream, only if needed, to blend. Add the salt, sugar, and saffron and blend again until smooth.

  • Step 2

    Transfer the cashew cream to a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens to a custard, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir frequently so the mixture does not get lumpy. Let it cool completely. Then chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 cup oat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time and mix in. Stir in the flour. The mixture should become a sticky soft dough. Taste and add confectioners’ sugar if needed.

  • Step 4

    Apply oil to your hands, take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and shape into flat discs. Press pistachio or almond slivers on top. Or dust the pedas in confectioners’ sugar. Store on the counter for the day or refrigerated for up to a week.

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