Makkan Peda - Arcot Special Sweet

Makkan peda is a quiet popular sweet famous in Arcot districts and this sweet resembles Gulab jamun.
But this is a rich one stuffed with chopped nuts in a disc shaped peda soaked in sugar syrup.Originally this sweet is made with khoya but once Manjula of Desi Fiesta made with milk powder and cream an instant version.
So tried it,the ouput was a soft and juicy makkan pedas and it tastes out of the world.I had only 1/2 cup of milk powder so made a small batch.Try this yummy dessert and enjoy.With no further delay lets move on to the recipe.........................................


                                                  Makkan Peda

 Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30 minutes
   Makes ~ 8



Milk powder
1/2 cup
All purpose flour/maida
1 tbs
Fresh cream
2-3 tbs
Chopped nuts(almond and cashew)
1-2 tbs
1/2 cup+1 tbs
Cardamom powder/ellakai podi
a generous pinch
1 tsp
for frying

  • Put the sugar in a pan and add around 1/2 cup of water and cook it in a medium flame till it becomes slightly thick(no need of any string consistency).
  • Take the milk powder in a bowl and to this add a tsp of ghee and mix it well. to this add the cream and make a soft dough.
  • Let the dough rest it for 10 minutes.Divide the dough into equal balls.Make a dent on the ball and keep some chopped nuts and roll it smoothly.Flatten it slightly and keep it aside.

  • Heat the pan with oil in a medium flame.Drop 3-4 discs at a time and fry it till both sides get nice and golden.Drain it on a paper towel and and drop in in the sugar syrup.Let it soak for 1- 2 hours.

  • Serve it with some chopped nuts.


  •  Do not give so much pressure while rolling the balls.
  •  Here I used almonds and cashews,cucumber seeds and raisins can also be used .
  • Oil should be in a minimum flame otherwise the peda may turned out brown without cooking inside
  • If the oil temperature is very low the pedas may disintegerate in the oil,so make sure to keep a medium temperature.

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I am drooling. .what a melt in the mouth sweet. Looks amazing and beautiful clicks Nalini.

wow such an tempting makkan peda :) Thank you so much for trying and for the mention nalini :) perfectly done and captured !!

My favorite sweet..looks yum!!

oh that is soooo tempting.. am drooling here!!

Just cant take my eyes from those succulent makkan peda, love to finish some, delicious.

They look just amazing ..Perfectly made and perfectly captured makkan peda

My aunt was in arcot long back, so every time we visit her we used bring one big thooku full of makkan peda back!! Lip smacking good, droolicious clicks!!

Never heard of this sweet Nalini! Yummmmy 😊😊

A yummy sweet, just drooling over it.

OMG, that is one super tempting dessert. Looks awesome.

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