Condensed Milk Fudge (Perhas)

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Makes 10-12. 


1.25 litres/2 1/2 pints/5 cups milk
1 teaspoon ghee
4 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom or grated nutmeg
few slivered almonds or pistachios (optional)
gold or silver leaf


Put the milk into a large, heavy, non-stick pan and make Khoa which is unsweetened condensed milk. This will yield approximately 220 g (7 oz) of khoa.

Combine with ghee, sugar and cardamom and cook, stirring, until it forms a thick mass and leaves the side of the pan. This only takes a few minutes. Turn onto a plate and leave until cool enough to handle.

Lightly grease hands with ghee and shape mixture into small balls by rolling between palms, then flatten the balls slightly. Put on a buttered dish to cool and firm. The perhas will not get hard, and are not supposed to. A soft, fudge- like texture is correct. If liked, decorate each with half a blanched pistachio or a small piece of gold or silver leaf.

Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)