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Dessert Recipes for Special Occasions



Maya Singh

Penda is a mixture of butter, milk powder, cream, sugar & spices. It is very rich and should be consumed in small amounts. It is very tasty and very easy to make.

There is no cooking required at all. When rolling the shapes take care not to over mix the dough as you will get oily Penda. Once you have created the ball, just shape it conically & decorate with colored almonds. My sister Maya makes these beautifully. She kindly shared her recipe with me.

However, as with all the sweet desserts on this website, I recommend using substitute ingredients for butter, sugar & milk & cream that may be more suitable for certain health conditions.


  • 250g. or 8 oz. butter
  • 500g sifted icing sugar
  • 500g Nestle Klim full-cream milk powder or any brand of full cream milk powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup Nestle Dessert Cream
  • sliced almonds (colored) for decoration
  • 2 tsps. ground cardamom (elachi)
  • ½ tsp. rose essence
  • ¼tsp. ground nutmeg


  • Cream the butter with the essence, elachi and nutmeg
  • Add icing sugar and beat until fluffy
  • Add milk powder and cream, and mix until a pliable dough has been formed (do not over mix as it can get too oily)
  • Break off pieces and roll into golf-ball-size balls
  • Place on a tray and stud with a few sliced almonds
  • Wait 1-2 hours before eating
pendas on plate

Delicious conical shaped pendas


I hope you enjoy using this recipe. I have always had success with it.

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