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Arcot Makkan Peda Recipe

Very easy, delicious Indian dessert made with khoya, flour and nuts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 7
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Khoya / Mawa
  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Water for the sugar syrup
  • 3-4 tbsp Chopped Nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, raisins etc..)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In a mixing bowl, add the khoya, flour, baking soda and ghee and mix everything well.
  • Sprinkle little water and gently knead to make a soft dough. Do not over knead the dough. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • To make the sugar syrup, combine the sugar and water in a vessel. When it is boiling, add the cardamom powder and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame and keep it aside.
  • Divide the dough into 14-15 equal sized balls. Flatten the each ball and stuff with chopped nuts. Gather the edges and seal it well. Flatten it slightly.
  • Gently drop the stuffed dough pedas in hot oil and deep fry them until dark golden brown color over low flame.
  • Drain and add them to the hot sugar syrup. Let them soak for 2 hours. 
  • Serve and enjoy! :)