: پیڑا ) is a Pakistani and Indian sweet, shaped like a thick cookie. The main ingredients are milk, which has been slowly cooked until it reduces to an almost solid consistency called khoya
, and sugar. Cardamom
seeds or pistachio
nuts may sometimes be used as a garnish. The appearance of the sweets varies from a creamy white colour to a caramel colour.
Pedas of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh in North India and Dharwad in Karnataka in South India are famous.
In India, the Hindus may offer pedas to God or they may be distributed as prasad (food that has been blessed) after prayers or on religious festivals.